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Bam Adebayo is 2nd-youngest Heat player to be named Player of the Week after Dwyane Wade

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Bam Adebayo’s breakout season with the Miami Heat continues, as the high-flyer is the second-youngest player in franchise history to be named Player of the Week after Dwyane Wade.

Adebayo averaged 20.0 points, 11.3 rebounds and 8.7 assists last week as the Heat went 2-1.

The Heat are 19-7 on the season. They have the second-best record in the East. Adebayo is averaging 15.2 points, 10.6 rebounds and 4.6 assists on the season. He’s shooting 58.4 percent from the field and 65.1 percent from the free-throw line.

Adebayo, 22, has 16 double-doubles and two triple-doubles. The Heat have themselves a franchise big man next to All-Star forward Jimmy Butler, who has been everything Miami envisioned he was going to be.

How much to the Heat value Adebayo? A lot apparently. Miami didn’t want to include Adebayo in any trade packages for Russell Westbrook or Chris Paul last summer. Now that Hassan Whiteside is gone, Adebayo doesn’t have to compete with anyone and is a rising star in this league. After all, anytime you can put your name next to D-Wade, you are doing something right.

After missing the playoffs last season, the Heat are well on their way to making it this season. They will ultimately go as far as Butler and Adebayo can take them.