The Miami Heats big man Bam Adebayo has been a massive surprise to everyone in the NBA. The third-year Power Forward/Center was taken 14th overall in the 2017 NBA draft by Miami. The strides Adebayo has made this season has shocked many. The win at the 2020 NBA All-Star Skills challenge have put him in discussion to win the NBA’s Most Improved Player award.
In a poll done by ESPN, its board of experts believes that Adebayo should win the trophy this year.
“In another deep field, breakout Miami Heat star Bam Adebayo grabbed enough first-place votes to earn the pick from our panel,” wrote ESPN. “But Adebayo will have real competition for this one — especially from Brandon Ingram, who would be a big part of a [New Orleans] Pelicans playoff push.”
Adebayo has fierce competition, given he is not a big name like Brandon Ingram, Luka Doncic, or Jayson Tatum.
Nevertheless, Adebayo has improved the Heat to the top-four seed in the Eastern Conference. The mixture of athleticism and blunt force brutality he brings on the court is unmatched. Adebayo presents a blend of size, quickness, length, and determination to defend anyone. Adebayo has defended all kinds of players from fast guards to big men in the paint. Credit also goes to the teammate, Jimmy Butler, who has brought out the best in the young star. Butler has also recognized him as a leader of the Heat.
Adebayo’s season averages of 16.2 points, 10.5 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 1.2 steals, and 1.3 blocks per contest present him with just the sixth player in NBA history to have such figures. This list includes the likes of Larry Bird, Chris Webber, DeMarcus Cousins, Kevin Garnett, and Giannis Antetokounmpo.