Adebayo took on the role of full-time starting center in 2019-20, getting the nod in all 72 of his appearances. That resulted in career highs essentially across the board, with Adebayo averaging 15.9 points, 10.2 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.1 steals while shooting 55.7 percent from the field. Those numbers led to him being named to his first All-Star Game, where he recorded eight points, two rebounds and one assist in 12 minutes. Adebayo was also named to the All-Defensive Second Team. In the NBA ranks, he finished ninth in minutes played (2,417), seventh in rebounds (735), 10th in blocks (93), ninth in triple-doubles (three), 19th in true shooting percentage (62.3), 13th in win shares (8.5) and 13th in value over replacement player (3.3). In a win over the Suns on Nov. 7, Adebayo swiped a career-high five steals while also posting 15 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and one steal. About a month later in a win over the Hawks on Dec. 10, Adebayo dished a career-high 11 assists, and he'd reach that mark again Feb. 3 during a victory over the 76ers. That Dec. 10 performance was one of Adebayo's triple-doubles, adding a career-high 30 points, 11 rebounds and two steals. Adebayo blocked a season-high four shots during a win over the Magic on Feb. 1 -- a mark he'd reach two more times during the season. About three weeks later during a game against Atlanta on Feb. 20, the center grabbed a season-high 19 rebounds to go with 28 points, seven assists, three steals and one block. During the first three rounds of the playoffs against the Pacers, Bucks and Celtics, Adebayo averaged 18.5 points, 11.4 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 2.1 combined steals-plus-blocks. Adebayo appeared in four of six NBA Finals games against the Lakers, missing Games 2 and 3 due to a neck strain, and he averaged 15.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists. Arguably his best overall playoff performance was Game 6 against the Celtics, and he posted 32 points (11-15 FG, 10-11 FT), 14 rebounds, five assists and one steal.2018
Adebayo appeared in all 82 games during his sophomore campaign. His role grew as the season progressed; he averaged 17.7 minutes in October but eventually saw 26.8 minutes per contest in both March and April. The New Jersey native began to make a name for himself by posting a 14-point, 13-rebound performance Nov. 23. That was immediately followed by a 16-point, 21-rebound effort Nov. 25. Adebayo continued his run of success in December. He registered 22 points while shooting 10-for-11 from the line and grabbing 10 rebounds Dec. 7. Three weeks later, he tallied 18 points, nine rebounds and five assists Dec. 28. He fell two assists short of a triple-double Mar. 23 and racked up seven double-doubles over a five-week span during the latter portion of the schedule. Adebayo excelled on the glass by collecting at least seven boards on 43 different occasions. He also dished out four or more assists 19 times. Overall, Adebayo led the Heat in field-goal percentage (57.6) and finished second behind Hassan Whiteside in both rebounds per game (7.3) and blocks per game (0.8). He also topped the team in win shares (6.8), value over replacement player (2.4) and offensive rating (120) while averaging 8.9 points per game for the season.2017
Adebayo was selected by the Heat with the 14th overall pick during the 2017 NBA Draft following a productive college season for the Kentucky Wildcats. His rookie year with Miami showed plenty of promise, as he averaged 6.9 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 69 games (19 as a starter). That production came with a 51.2 field-goal percentage. Adebayo's best game was Jan. 9 against the Raptors, when the youngster racked up 16 points on 8-of-14 shooting while adding 15 rebounds, three assists and a season-high five blocks in 33 minutes. He played both in relief of and alongside Hassan Whiteside that night, showing his versatility. That performance was one of seven double-doubles he notched during his rookie season. Adebayo scored a season-high 19 points on Nov. 28 against Cleveland. He pulled down a season-high 16 rebounds on Mar. 14 against Sacramento. All told, he scored in double figures 17 times and delivered double-digit rebounds 10 times. The 20-year old finished third on the Heat in rebounds, behind only Whiteside and Kelly Olynyk. He appeared in five playoff games, averaging 3.4 points and 4.0 rebounds despite a relatively minimal role (15.4 minutes per game).
June 22, 2017Drafted by the Miami Heat in the 1st round (14th pick) of the 2017 NBA Draft.
July 1, 2017Signed a rookie two-year contract with the Miami Heat