And the newest member of the Miami Heat is Bam Adebayo from Kentucky.
The Heat may have taken the Kentucky big man with the intention of replacing Willie Reed, as I discussed earlier today.
Some of the initial reaction to Miami’s pick was negative. Why pass up on a shooter like UCLA’s TJ Leaf or UNC’s Justin Jackson? Adebayo is a smaller, worse version of Hassan Whiteside, the thinking went.
But on the other hand, Miami “would love” to bring James Johnson back. If the Heat plan on having Johnson and Justise Winslow take up the bulk of the minutes at the forward positions, why not fill a potential need and get a backup for Whiteside? If Miami’s cap space goes to Johnson and Dion Waiters, Reed will likely leave. Besides, if Adebayo has a respectable jump-shot, all these takes will look misguided.
Adebayo says he can "make open shots," can rebound. Models game after Garnett. Said didn't shoot more from outside because of Monk talent.— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) June 23, 2017
Bam Adebayo for Heat, says Woj. Visited Heat. Can rebound and block shots.— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) June 23, 2017
According to scouting reports Adebayo is said to project to be like a poor mans Tristan Thompson.— Jorge Sedano (@SedanoESPN) June 23, 2017
Will be interesting to see how many minutes Miami can play both Hassan Whiteside and Bam Adebayo together. Spacing may be an issue.— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) June 23, 2017
Bam Adebayo led all 2017 draft prospects in dunks by a very wide margin. Among the most explosive big men in this class. pic.twitter.com/u2ROGx6o7z— Synergy Sports Tech (@SynergySST) June 23, 2017