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Jimmy Butler reveals the real reason the Heat are winning games

Heat, Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo

Jimmy Butler may be the best player on the Miami Heat, but the star small forward believes Bam Adebayo is the reason Miami is winning games.

The Heat went 35-19 before the All-Star break thanks in large part to Butler and Adebayo. Miami is in fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings, and Butler knows the club wouldn’t be where they are without Bam:

“I can say it as many times, but he really is the reason that we’re winning,” Butler said, via Sports Illustrated. “Without him, we cannot be the team that we are. So I’m happy for him, proud of him and it is a brotherhood that we have.”

Adebayo is averaging 15.8 points, 10.4 rebounds and 4.9 assists on the season for the Heat while shooting 57.9 percent from the field and 68.1 percent from the free-throw line. He showed off all of his basketball skills en route to winning the Skills Challenge on Saturday in Chicago.

Adebayo is the second-youngest player in Heat franchise history to be named Player of the Week after Dwyane Wade. Bam averaged 20.0 points, 11.3 rebounds and 8.7 assists during the week he won the award.

The Heat’s future with Adebayo and Butler leading the way is looking really bright. It’s also clear as day the Heat made the right decision by not trading Adebayo this past summer in a deal for Russell Westbrook or Chris Paul. He’s a gem in Miami.