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Bam Adebayo says Heat organization is built on motto ‘you’ve got to earn it’

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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.” He also says the Heat have an important motto to play by:

“Our organization is built on: You’ve got to earn it,” Bam Adebayo said, via ESPN. “I feel like I’ve earned the right to be here and they’re letting me expand my game.”

Adebayo averaged 20.0 points, 11.3 rebounds and 8.7 assists during the week he won the Player of the Week Award. It’s clear as day the Heat made the right decision by not trading him this past summer in a deal for Russell Westbrook or Chris Paul.

Overall on the season, Adebayo is putting up 15.8 points, 10.4 rebounds and 4.5 assists while shooting 59.3 percent from the field and 68.4 percent from the free-throw line. The Heat’s rising star has 22 double-doubles and two triple-doubles in 39 games.

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.