Heat star Bam Adebayo makes Team USA decision for Tokyo Olympics
Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo has committed to join the 12-man Team USA roster for the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, his agent Alex Saratsis tells ESPN.
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This certainly makes a lot of sense for Adebayo, who hasn’t played since the first round of the playoffs after the Heat were swept by the Bucks in the first round. The former Kentucky standout joins an impressive list of names in Tokyo, including Bradley Beal, Jayson Tatum, Devin Booker, and Kevin Durant.
Bam Adebayo is coming off a solid campaign with Miami, averaging a career-best 18.7 points, nine rebounds, and 5.4 assists in 64 contests. His numbers were slightly down in the postseason, however.
This marks the first time that he will play for his country on the international stage. Bam Adebayo was just missed out on the cut in the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup but after a breakout season in 2019/20 where he made his first All-Star team, Adebayo has clearly made enough of an impression to be on Team USA this time around.
The States will be looking to fill out their 12-man roster by the end of this month as training camp begins on July 6th in Las Vegas. While there are some superstars who have already committed, the likes of LeBron James and Jimmy Butler have both said they won’t play for the US in the Olympics as they eye their fourth consecutive gold medal.