Heat center Bam Adebayo centerstage this season

The most high-profile member of this season’s Heat is Jimmy Butler, but do-it-all forward/center Bam Adebayo, who enjoyed this past weekend playing in the All-Star game Sunday and winning the Skills Challenge competition Friday, is on the national stage this season. Both he and the Heat are doing bigger things than expected. They’re a serious contender in the East.

Here’s the South Florida Sun Sentinel reporting:

It’s not as if Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo lacked confidence before All-Star Weekend after having a stellar first half of the season.

He’s averaging 15.8 points, 10.4 rebounds and 4.9 assists — statistical benchmarks only three other players in the league have achieved this season.

The 22-year-old big man has received praise from legends and other top players for his impact on the Heat’s strong play before the All-Star break, with the team’s 35-19 record only four wins away from last year’s win total.

But being on center stage against the NBA’s best players has pushed Adebayo’s belief in himself to greater heights.

“My confidence is definitely through the roof right now,” Adebayo said after making his first All-Star appearance on Sunday.

The Bucks have been the East’s best squad this season, but the Heat are a serious contender in the conference, and they should only be better for the remainder of the season after bulking up their bench shortly before the trade deadline.

Author: Inside Hoops

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