Bam Adebayo
Bam Adebayo
23-Year-Old CenterC
Miami Heat  NBA  
Miami Heat
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Adebayo took over the Heat's starting center job in 2019-20 after Hassan Whiteside was dealt to the Trail Blazers. Missing just one regular-season contest, Adebayo had a breakout year, earning an All-Star nomination and averaging 15.9 points, 10.2 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.1 steals in 33.6 minutes. His impressive defense led to an All-Defensive Second Team nod, as well. Overall, Adebayo delivered third-round value to fantasy managers on a per-game basis in eight-category leagues -- a leap of 90 spots from a year prior. Heading into 2020-21, Adebayo's role is clearly secure, and he may be able to improve given that he's just 23 years old. He may never become an effective three-point shooter, but bumping up his free-throw percentage is well within reason, and he can likely still grow as a shot-blocker. Adebayo's youth, well-rounded game, lack of an injury history and clear role means he'll be a popular option come draft day, and he'll likely be taken in the second or third round. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $163 million contract extension with the Heat in November of 2020.
Personal Bio

Edrice Femi Adebayo was born in 1997 in Newark, New Jersey. He goes by the nickname "Bam", which was given to him as a baby after he flipped over a table while watching The Flintstones. Adebayo is the son of Marilyn Blount and John Adebayo. At the high school level, Adebayo spent his first three years at Northside High School in Pinetown, North Carolina. As a junior, he averaged 32.2 points and 18 rebounds per game. Adebayo transferred to High Point Christian Academy (North Carolina) for his senior season and averaged 18.9 points and 13.0 rebounds. Adebayo led the Cougars to a NCISAA state championship appearance and was named the North Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year in 2016. The Kentucky commit was selected to play in both the McDonald's All-America Game and the Jordan Brand Classic in 2016. Adebayo played one season at Kentucky alongside fellow first-round picks De'Aaron Fox and Malik Monk. He started all 38 games for the Wildcats and averaged 13.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 30.1 minutes. Adebayo was named to the All-SEC Second Team and the SEC All-Freshman team. He led the team in rebounds, blocks, double-doubles and dunks. His 101 dunks ranked second in the country. Adebayo's foundation -- the Edrice Adebayo Foundation -- aims to help single parents while positively influencing the choices and challenges of children. Follow Adebayo on Twitter and Instagram (@bam1of1).

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After a successful high school career in North Carolina, Adebayo joined the parade of top recruits to Kentucky. He was named North Carolina Mr. Basketball and played in the McDonald's All-American and Jordan Brand Classic games. With De'Aaron Fox and Malik Monk in the backcourt, Adebayo was not a featured offensive player for the Wildcats, but he provided 13.0 points to go along with 8.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game. The center had three double-doubles in his first eight games and had eight dub-dubs on the season. The 6-10 postman had a season-high 22 points with 15 rebounds and three blocks in a win over Missouri. He helped Kentucky win the SEC Tournament with averages of 13.3 points and 9.7 rebounds. In the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Adebayo snatched a season-high 18 rebounds to go with 15 points against Northern Kentucky. The Wildcats advanced to the Elite Eight before losing to North Carolina. After the season, Adebayo declared for the 2017 NBA Draft despite having three years of eligibility remaining. He was chosen by the Miami Heat with the 14th overall pick.

Scores 22 in win
CMiami Heat
April 12, 2021
Adebayo posted 22 points (9-14 FG, 4-8 FT), three rebounds, two assists and two steals in Sunday night's win over Portland.
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Adebayo snapped a streak of five straight games with less than 20 points, though he did fall short of his usual production as a rebounder and passer. Adebayo also hit just four of his eight free-throw attempts, falling well short of his season-long figure of 80.9 percent at the line.
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2019

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, as 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).

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Transaction History
  • June 22, 2017
    Drafted by the Miami Heat in the 1st round (14th pick) of the 2017 NBA Draft.
  • July 1, 2017
    Signed a rookie two-year contract with the Miami Heat
  • November 24, 2020
    Signed a five-year, $163 million contract extension with the Heat.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Adebayo parlayed his 2017-18 rookie year flashes into a bigger role last season. He came off the bench for 59 of his first 65 appearances in 2018-19, but Adebayo was given a bigger role down the stretch as coach Erik Spoelstra began to trust him over Hassan Whiteside. The result was Adebayo starting 22 of the final 23 games of the season. That's a role he should occupy full-time in 2019-20, as Whiteside was dealt to the Trail Blazers over the summer. In the 13 games Adebayo saw 30-plus minutes last season, he averaged 12.9 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists and a combined 2.2 blocks/steals while shooting an impressive 59.8 percent from the field (102 attempts) and 72.6 percent from the charity stripe (62 attempts). While it seems Adebayo might be destined to be a low-usage offensive player, he should provide strong value to fantasy owners as a rebounder, defender and efficient scorer.
Adebayo, the 14th overall pick out of Kentucky in 2017, was able to make an impact as a rookie. He saw 19.8 minutes per game, averaging 6.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and a combined 1.1 blocks/steals. He even drew 19 starts while Hassan Whiteside missed games due to injury. In those tilts, Adebayo averaged 7.4 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.2 assists and a combined 1.1 steals/blocks across 24.9 minutes -- enough to make him relevant for a stretch in DFS. The 21-year-old doesn't project to see much of an increase in role this season, assuming Hassan Whiteside’s minutes plateau, rather than decrease again. As a result, he can likely be avoided once again during Fantasy drafts, but might be a nice waiver wire target in the case of some frontcourt injuries for the Heat.
Adebayo, a 6-foot-10 power forward/center with a 7-foot-3 wingspan out of Kentucky, was selected 14th overall by the Heat in the 2017 NBA Draft. He played one season in college, posting 13.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks across 30.1 minutes per game. More was expected from him, though, considering the lofty expectations placed on him out of high school. That said, the Heat seemingly feel good about Adebayo’s upside as an NBA rebounder and shot-blocker, despite his limited shooting range and tendency to get into foul trouble. Adebayo rewarded Miami’s confidence in him by having a dominant summer league in both Orlando and Las Vegas. In Orlando, he posted 17.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks across 30.8 minutes per game. In Vegas, he averaged 15.7 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.7 steals across 29.0 minutes per game. He’ll likely struggle to find playing time conducive to reliable Fantasy production however, as he’s seemingly behind Hassan Whiteside, Kelly Olynyk and James Johnson in the Heat’s frontcourt. For that reason, he probably won’t be relevant in most year-long Fantasy formats, though could end up providing value in DFS if the Heat get hit with some frontcourt injuries.
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Complete performance in win
CMiami Heat
April 8, 2021
Adebayo posted 13 points (6-12 FG, 1-3 FT), seven rebounds, four assists and two blocks across 28 minutes in Thursday's win over the Lakers.
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Puts up triple-double in loss
CMiami Heat
April 6, 2021
Adebayo notched 18 points (9-14 FG, 0-3 FT), 10 rebounds, 10 assists and three steals across 33 minutes in Tuesday's loss against the Heat.
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Sniffs double-double in win
CMiami Heat
April 1, 2021
Adebayo registered 19 points (5-13 FG, 9-9 FT), eight rebounds, six assists and one block in 30 minutes during Thursday's 116-109 win over the Warriors.
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Fills stat sheet against Pacers
CMiami Heat
March 31, 2021
Adebayo posted 16 points (4-10 FG, 8-12 FG), eight rebounds, seven assists, two blocks and a steal across 35 minutes in Wednesday's win over the Pacers.
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Throws up 20-17-4-2 line
CMiami Heat
March 29, 2021
Adebayo went for 20 points (9-17 FG, 2-3 FT), 17 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and a steal in Monday's win over the Knicks.
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