Adebayo was selected by the Heat with the 14th overall pick during the 2017 NBA Draft following a productive college season for the Kentucky Wildcats. His rookie year with Miami showed plenty of promise, as he averaged 6.9 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 69 games (19 as a starter). That production came with a 51.2 field-goal percentage. Adebayo's best game was Jan. 9 against the Raptors, when the youngster racked up 16 points on 8-of-14 shooting while adding 15 rebounds, three assists and a season-high five blocks in 33 minutes. He played both in relief of and alongside Hassan Whiteside that night, showing his versatility. That performance was one of seven double-doubles he notched during his rookie season. Adebayo scored a season-high 19 points on Nov. 28 against Cleveland. He pulled down a season-high 16 rebounds on Mar. 14 against Sacramento. All told, he scored in double figures 17 times and delivered double-digit rebounds 10 times. The 20-year old finished third on the Heat in rebounds, behind only Whiteside and Kelly Olynyk. He appeared in five playoff games, averaging 3.4 points and 4.0 rebounds despite a relatively minimal role (15.4 minutes per game).2018
Adebayo appeared in all 82 games during his sophomore campaign. His role grew as the season progressed; he averaged 17.7 minutes in October but eventually saw 26.8 minutes per contest in both March and April. The New Jersey native began to make a name for himself by posting a 14-point, 13-rebound performance Nov. 23. That was immediately followed by a 16-point, 21-rebound effort Nov. 25. Adebayo continued his run of success in December. He registered 22 points while shooting 10-for-11 from the line and grabbing 10 rebounds Dec. 7. Three weeks later, he tallied 18 points, nine rebounds and five assists Dec. 28. He fell two assists short of a triple-double Mar. 23 and racked up seven double-doubles over a five-week span during the latter portion of the schedule. Adebayo excelled on the glass by collecting at least seven boards on 43 different occasions. He also dished out four or more assists 19 times. Overall, Adebayo led the Heat in field-goal percentage (57.6) and finished second behind Hassan Whiteside in both rebounds per game (7.3) and blocks per game (0.8). He also topped the team in win shares (6.8), value over replacement player (2.4) and offensive rating (120) while averaging 8.9 points per game for the season.
June 22, 2017Drafted by the Miami Heat in the 1st round (14th pick) of the 2017 NBA Draft.
July 1, 2017Signed a rookie two-year contract with the Miami Heat