Heat’s Kelly Olynyk not worried about Miami’s jam at center
It goes without saying that the Miami Heat have quite the frontcourt conundrum on their hands. Fortunately, power forward Kelly Olynyk does not seem too concerned by it.
The Heat currently boasts three viable options down low with Olynyk, Bam Adebayo, and Hassan Whiteside. According to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel, the former is not worried about how the three will split minutes:
“That’s for the coaching staff to figure out. We’re supporting each other.”
It is encouraging to see that Olynyk is not bothered by the dynamic of their current roster. In fact, it almost appears as though he may be welcoming it. This may come as a bit of a surprise considering he was the odd-man out at times throughout last season. Regardless, he still made the most of his minutes by having his best year after averaging career-highs in points, rebounds, and assists.
There is no doubt that Whiteside is currently the most talented of the Heat’s big men. Unfortunately, lingering concerns about his attitude have seemingly diminished his chances at taking his game to the next level. Meanwhile, the emergence of Adebayo has caused Miami to reconsider its pecking order in the frontcourt. His versatility makes him an ideal fit in today’s NBA, and it is clear that his progression will warrant more playing time next season.
Finding a way to get all three involved in the rotation should not be too difficult for head coach Erik Spoelstra. However, the effectiveness to which they can perform this season remains to be seen.