Heat’s Jimmy Butler has ‘no doubt’ Bam Adebayo will make All-Star roster
Adebayo put up 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists against the Orlando Magic on Monday, making an even stronger case as to why he should take part in the mid-February festivities. Butler isn’t flinching one bit:
“He will be,” said Butler when asked if his teammate will be an All-Star this season, according to ESPN’s Tim Bontemps. “No doubt.”
Adebayo went in with a killer instinct but wasn’t trying to impress any coaches ahead of the All-Star roster selection:
“I didn’t know that, actually,” Adebayo said when asked if he was trying to put on a show for the coaches before they submit their selections. “I felt like I had that ‘Mamba Mentality’ tonight.”
Adebayo has nearly doubled his points production in his third season, now averaging 16 points per game for this surprising Heat squad. He said his inspired triple-double performance on Monday was partly to honor Kobe Bryant’s legacy after his tragic death:
“The game wasn’t about the All-Star Game,” said Adebayo. “It was about honoring Kobe. I feel like every player wanted to do that their next game after his death. He’s been my idol since I was younger. I looked up to him, and I never got to meet him, but he was here by spirit.”
Adebayo was seventh among the frontcourt votes in the East when it came to fan voting, behind Tacko Fall. Bam was sixth in overall voting.
If the consideration is fair, Bam Adebayo could crack a spot alongside players like Butler and Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics if the coaches see it that way. The Heat big man’s averages of 16.0 points, 10.4 rebounds, and 4.8 assists make a serious case for his consideration as an All-Star-worthy player.