Former Wildcat big man Bam Adebayo is having a nice rookie season in the NBA.
Bam was originally drafted 14th overall by the Miami Heat in this year’s NBA Draft. Coming out of Kentucky, he was seen as a defensive, energy player. He was not very skilled offensively, although he played with a lot of power under the basket. He was drafted to a team with a franchise center in Hassan Whiteside and a recently signed Kelly Olynyk.
Unfortunately for the Heat, Whiteside went down with an injury on November 29th and has not been able to play since. This was a great chance for the rookie and he has stepped up for a surging Heat team.
The Heat have won 6 of their last 8 games. In those 8 games, Bam has scored in double figures 5 times. In the previous 24 games for the Heat, he did it twice. He has also seen some increased assist numbers. In the last 8 games, he has 16 assists. His total number of assists for the season is 18.
Bam is earning his minutes, and it will be interesting to see how his minutes are affected after Whiteside’s return. Whiteside is expected to be back very soon, maybe even their next game. I am sure Spoelstra will find a way to keep Bam in the rotation.
The Heat have a history of getting the best out of their players, and Bam was in many ways very fortunate to have been drafted to the team. He gets the chance to play for a great organization and a great head coach.
Bam has great potential in today’s NBA with his ability to defend and finish under the basket. He is a young player to keep your eyes on.