The Miami Heat are back in the NBA Finals with a completely different team than the last time they made it six years ago, save for Erik Spoelstra and Udonis Haslem. Now the Heat are lead by Jimmy Butler, but their production comes by a committee and Bam Adebayo might just be the head chair.
On the daily Locked On Heat Podcast, host David Ramil celebrates the Miami Heat’s Eastern Conference Finals victory to launch them to the NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers, and he explains why he thinks Bam Adebayo is just as good as any center in the NBA.
David Ramil: Bam Adebayo… unbelievable… I cannot say enough about Adebayo as a burgeoning superstar because his performance in Game 6 was so impressive. He took the loss in Game 5 so personally, telling reporters after the game and telling his teammates that he was responsible, that he let them down and that it was his fault after Daniel Tice, in all honesty, outplayed him in Game 5. Then Bam took it so personally, he was so energetic.
A huge game, 32 points, 11-of-15 made field goals, 10-of-11 from the line, drawing contact, knocking down shots. This is a center, ladies and gentlemen, who is shooting 10-of-11 at the line. You can talk to me about Nikola Jokic, Joel Embiid, Rudy Gobert, and everybody else. Give me Bam Adebayo, he’s right up there with all those guys, if not as good or better.
He also has 14 rebounds, five assists, and a steal. He’s always guarding one through five, doing whatever was necessary, diving on the floor, jumping over, jumping through players, jumping around and through opponents to get that rebound, fighting at every opportunity to do what was necessary to get a key put-back or make the right pass. An incredible performance from him.