Bam Adebayo
Bam Adebayo
22-Year-Old CenterC
Miami Heat  NBA  
Miami Heat
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Adebayo parlayed his 2017-18 rookie year flashes into a bigger role last season. He came off the bench for 59 of his first 65 appearances in 2018-19, but Adebayo was given a bigger role down the stretch as coach Erik Spoelstra began to trust him over Hassan Whiteside. The result was Adebayo starting 22 of the final 23 games of the season. That's a role he should occupy full-time in 2019-20, as Whiteside was dealt to the Trail Blazers over the summer. In the 13 games Adebayo saw 30-plus minutes last season, he averaged 12.9 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists and a combined 2.2 blocks/steals while shooting an impressive 59.8 percent from the field (102 attempts) and 72.6 percent from the charity stripe (62 attempts). While it seems Adebayo might be destined to be a low-usage offensive player, he should provide strong value to fantasy owners as a rebounder, defender and efficient scorer. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $5.45 million contract with the Heat in July of 2017. Heat exercised $3.45 million team option for 2019-20 in September of 2018. Heat exercised $5.12 million team option for 2020-21 in September of 2019.
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After a successful high school career in North Carolina, Adebayo joined the parade of top recruits to Kentucky. He was named North Carolina Mr. Basketball and played in the McDonald's All-American and Jordan Brand Classic games. With De'Aaron Fox and Malik Monk in the backcourt, Adebayo was not a featured offensive player for the Wildcats, but he provided 13.0 points to go along with 8.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks. The center had three double-doubles in his first eight games and had eight dub-dubs on the season. The 6-10 postman had a season-high 22 points with 15 rebounds and three blocks in a win over Missouri. He helped Kentucky win the SEC Tournament with averages of 13.3 points and 9.7 rebounds. In the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Adebayo snatched a season-high 18 rebounds to go with 15 points against Northern Kentucky. The Wildcats advanced to the Elite Eight before losing to North Carolina. After the season, Adebayo declared for the 2017 draft despite having three years of eligibility remaining.

Flirts with triple-double
CMiami Heat
March 12, 2020
Adebayo notched 21 points (10-15 FG, 1-2 FT), 10 assists and seven rebounds during Wednesday's 109-98 loss to the Hornets.
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Adebayo has racked seven double-doubles in his last nine games, including one in each of his past two contests. The versatile big man has averaged 17.2 points, 11.0 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 2.1 blocks during that stretch.
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2017

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.

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Transaction History
  • June 22, 2017
    Drafted by the Miami Heat in the 1st round (14th pick) of the 2017 NBA Draft.
  • July 1, 2017
    Signed a rookie two-year contract with the Miami Heat
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Adebayo, the 14th overall pick out of Kentucky in 2017, was able to make an impact as a rookie. He saw 19.8 minutes per game, averaging 6.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and a combined 1.1 blocks/steals. He even drew 19 starts while Hassan Whiteside missed games due to injury. In those tilts, Adebayo averaged 7.4 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.2 assists and a combined 1.1 steals/blocks across 24.9 minutes -- enough to make him relevant for a stretch in DFS. The 21-year-old doesn't project to see much of an increase in role this season, assuming Hassan Whiteside’s minutes plateau, rather than decrease again. As a result, he can likely be avoided once again during Fantasy drafts, but might be a nice waiver wire target in the case of some frontcourt injuries for the Heat.
Adebayo, a 6-foot-10 power forward/center with a 7-foot-3 wingspan out of Kentucky, was selected 14th overall by the Heat in the 2017 NBA Draft. He played one season in college, posting 13.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks across 30.1 minutes per game. More was expected from him, though, considering the lofty expectations placed on him out of high school. That said, the Heat seemingly feel good about Adebayo’s upside as an NBA rebounder and shot-blocker, despite his limited shooting range and tendency to get into foul trouble. Adebayo rewarded Miami’s confidence in him by having a dominant summer league in both Orlando and Las Vegas. In Orlando, he posted 17.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks across 30.8 minutes per game. In Vegas, he averaged 15.7 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.7 steals across 29.0 minutes per game. He’ll likely struggle to find playing time conducive to reliable Fantasy production however, as he’s seemingly behind Hassan Whiteside, Kelly Olynyk and James Johnson in the Heat’s frontcourt. For that reason, he probably won’t be relevant in most year-long Fantasy formats, though could end up providing value in DFS if the Heat get hit with some frontcourt injuries.
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Comes up big Sunday
CMiami Heat
March 8, 2020
Adebayo finished with 27 points (9-13 FG, 9-12 FT), 14 rebounds, six assists and one block in 33 minutes during Sunday's 100-89 victory over Washington.
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Supplies versatile production
CMiami Heat
March 6, 2020
Adebayo had nine points (4-10 FG, 1-2 FT), 12 rebounds, four assists, four blocks and three steals before fouling out after 36 minutes of action in Miami's 110-104 loss to new Orleans on Friday.
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Double-double streak ends
CMiami Heat
March 5, 2020
Adebayo posted 10 points (5-9 FG), seven rebounds, four assists and one block in 31 minutes during Wednesday's 116-113 win over the Magic.
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Records another double-double
CMiami Heat
March 2, 2020
Adebayo finished with 14 points (5-16 FG, 4-6 FT), 13 boards, five assists, three blocks and a steal in 37 minutes during a 105-89 win against the Bucks on Monday.
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Another well-rounded line
CMiami Heat
March 1, 2020
Adebayo contributed 16 points (7-12 FG, 2-2 FT), 12 rebounds, three assists and three blocks across 32 minutes Saturday in the Heat's 116-113 win over the Nets.
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