The Miami Heat have lost three straight games and are now somewhat relegated in the Eastern Conference standings. Their most recent setback came in group play of the NBA’s In-Season Tournament against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Despite playing without Jimmy Butler and Tyler Herro, the Heat were able to maintain a competitive game against the Bucks.
Miami wound up losing 131-124, but it wasn’t for a lack of effort as the role players stepped up in Butler and Herro’s absences.
While the supporting cast has more than held their own in increased roles, the team has been propped up largely by Bam Adebayo who’s off to the best start of his career.
Adebayo was a monster against Milwaukee as he led the team in scoring with 31 points to go along with 10 rebounds and five assists in 42 minutes.
The star big man has been putting up huge numbers during the 2023-24 NBA season and if he keeps this pace up he’ll join an elite list of players that have come through the franchise via Greg Sylvander of Heat.
In the Heat’s past, two legendary big players are Alonzo Mourning and Shaquille O’Neal. With his two-way influence, Adebayo is rapidly proving that he deserves to be mentioned with these two legends.
Adebayo may not have the same scoring ability as Mourning or O’Neal, but he still manages to finish the job.
Adebayo is the key to Miami’s title chances, so they will undoubtedly be hoping he can maintain this caliber of play.