Finally, over the course of the next few months, the NBA will finish the 2019-2020 season. No one could have ever imagine that the season would be likely ending sometime in September.
It’s truly been a wild ride for the NBA and major sports leagues as a whole. With the NBA’s restart comes the thought of year-end awards and who might rise to the occasion after several months of downtime.
One player that Kentucky fans will keep an eye on but also will be on the opponent’s radar is former Kentucky center Bam Adebayo. Going to be a top choice for Most Improve Player, Adebayo has almost double the bulk of his numbers from a season ago.
That’s why, in a time when most took the easy route and chose Zion Williamson, The Ringer’s Zach Kram pegged Miami’s Adebayo as the most interest prospect.
“Bam Adebayo semi-arrived on the national stage as a first-time All-Star this season, but he still feels like a bit of a League Pass secret, appreciated best by viewing his impact on every Heat possession than shouting out lofty stats. He doesn’t score 30 points per game, but he does just about everything on the floor, combining craft and athleticism as a prototypical big man for a positionless future. If the Heat and 76ers play in the 4-5 series in the East—a likely outcome, given the 76ers’ easy schedule in the seeding games and the Pacers’ injury woes—Adebayo could match up with Joel Embiid and Giannis Antetokounmpo in consecutive rounds. (Adebayo defended more shots from Embiid and Giannis this regular season than any other players.) He’s about to reach the full mainstream,” Kram wrote when answering a series of questions related to the restart.
Adebayo, along with former Wildcat Tyler Herro, has been an important part of the Heat’s success.
Primed to be a championship contender, Adebayo is averaging the second-most points on the team and has proven to be an integral part of their defense as well. He’s versatile defensively, he’s aggressive in the boards, he efficient in the paint and he’s going to be wild card in the coming weeks.
For those reasons and many other, Adebayo as the restart’s most intriguing player is right on the money.