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Bam Adebayo says Heat ‘letting me explore my game’

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Miami Heat big man Bam Adebayo is playing like an All-Star so far this season and the high-flyer says the freedom the coaching staff in South Beach lets him play with is a big reason why.

Adebayo, who is the second-youngest player in Heat franchise history to be named Player of the Week after legend Dwyane Wade, says Miami is “letting me explore my game.”

“Our organization is built on, you got to earn it and I feel I earned my right to be here and they’re letting me explore my game,” Adebayo told Michael Lee of The Athletic. “Coach put me in a position where I can expand my game, playmake, and everybody is starting to notice. So, just going to keep doing that and figure it out as we go.”

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

Overall on the season, Adebayo is putting up 15.5 points, 10.6 rebounds and 4.6 assists while shooting 57.2 percent from the field and 66.3 percent from the free-throw line.

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 Jimmy Butler and Adebayo can take them.