With the 14th pick of the 2017 NBA Draft, the Miami Heat selected Bam Adebayo. Bam Adebayo was the freshman power forward for the Kentucky Wildcats. The biggest need for the Miami Heat was power forward and they answered that with the selection of Bam Adebayo. Although the Heat had other power forwards available like John Collins out of Wake Forest and T.J. Leaf out of UCLA, Bam Adebayo was the Heat’s first round selection. Here is a little more information on the newest Miami Heat.
High School and Collegiate Career
Bam Adebayo was one of the top basketball players in the country coming out of high school. On ESPN, Bam was a fifth best recruit in the country and the second best power forward in the country only behind Duke’s Harry Giles. Bam Adebayo was a Jordan Classic and McDonalds All-American and played high school basketball at High Point Christian Academy out of Pinetown, North Carolina. Bam Adebayo had 16 offers out of high school which included schools like Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, North Carolina and NC State. The 6’10” power forward committed to the Kentucky Wildcats over the North Carolina Tar Heels and NC State Wolfpack.
At Kentucky, Bam Adebayo was the starting power forward for Kentucky. In freshman season, Bam Adebayo averaged 13 points per game, 12 rebounds per game and 1.5 blocks per game. Bam Adebayo finished third in points per game behind Malik Monk and De’Aaron Fox. He did lead the Wildcats in rebounds per game and blocks per game. On February 21st, Adebayo scored 21 points and grabbed 15 rebounds against the Missouri Tigers. In the Elite Eight against North Carolina, Adebayo scored 13 points and had 7 rebounds in the 75-73 loss.
While watching Bam Adebayo play, two things jump out at you. First thing is his size and his presence in the paint. Bam Adebayo stands 6’10” and weighs 250 pounds which is a pretty good size for a power forward. His wingspan is 7’2 3/4” and his vertical is 38.5 inches. Adebayo does most of his damage around the rim on offense and defense. On offense, he looks to dunk every time the ball is in his hands. He has good hands and is very quick off of two feet. Adebayo is highly productive on the offensive glass, pulling down an impressive 4.1 offensive rebounds per 40 minutes and this is his most NBA ready skill that he has to offer. He uses his strength to carve out position and has a good nose for the ball to track down rebounds.
On defense, Bam Adebayo is a force to be reckoned with especially around the paint. Bam is probably the best shot blocker in the draft. He’s strong and physical and really beats up people in the paint. He is a guy that you can see average 10 rebounds per game in his first season with the Heat. Does a great job of creating space with his size and does a nice job of high pointing the ball. Even though he’s 6’10” and weighs 250 pounds, he is very quick and can guard power forwards in the perimeter. Welcome to the Miami Heat Bam Bam!