Bam Adebayo has been working to become a better offensive weapon for the Miami Heat.
The 21-year-old, drafted as the 14th overall pick last year, is looking ahead to his second season with the team and is hoping to contribute on a wider scale then. Having averaged 6.9 points in just under 20 minutes per game in his rookie year, the former Kentucky star has revealed that he's working on his versatility as an attacker this summer.
The Heat lists Adebayo as a center, yet he doesn't seem to care much about being branded for a certain position and is looking to be used as a power forward next season, given Hassan Whiteside's status as the team's go-to center.
Adebayo, who worked out with Heat assistant coach Juwan Howard and former Detroit Pistons star Rasheed Wallace during the off-season, has said that the position is nothing new to him.
“Very comfortable,” he told the Sun Sentinel regarding his familiarity with playing at the four. “It’s nothing out of my element. I’ve done it before. It’s not like I can’t adapt. Just going out there and figuring things out with my teammates. That’s just the biggest part of it.
“I’ve been working on everything that I’ve been working on since I’ve been younger. It’s ball-handling, dribbling, shooting, just reading the game and making plays.”
The soon-to-be second-year man also said he's happy to play wherever head coach Erik Spoelstra sees fit.
“You never know,” he remarked. “That’s up to [coach Erik Spoelstra]. We leave that up to him, those kind of decisions. We just know that every time we step on the court, we’re giving 110 percent.”
As for playing alongside the Heat's other bigs, Adebayo says that there's already good chemistry between himself, Whiteside and Kelly Olynyk and has talked up their strengths.
“The chemistry is there,” he added. “Kelly is a stretch big, shoots threes and is a very high IQ player. Hassan is that big beast in the paint, so whenever you need an easy bucket, you throw it to him. He blocks shots, he’s athletic, he plays above of the rim. Both of those players bring two different assets, which makes our team better.”
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