He was the 14th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft selected by the Miami Heat for his particular set of skills. Like Liam Neeson’s character in the Taken series, Bam Adebayo will find you and he will take you down with his penchant for scoring, defense, rebounding, and more. It’s what makes Adebayo the best NBA player that most people don’t know.
Adebayo hails from rural North Carolina, Pinetown to be exact. In the 2010 census, Pinetown revealed a population of just 155. It was Adebayo’s mother, Marilyn Blount that set Adebayo’s path to NBA stardom.
The Miami star was a 6-foot-8-inch freshman at Northside High School in Pinetown when Blount made sure that Adebayo would not slip through the cracks. He didn’t. Adebayo transferred to High Point Christian Academy for his senior season and then played collegiately for John Calipari at Kentucky.
Calipari honed Adebayo’s rebounding and defensive skills, something that made the young star extremely attractive to the Heat. In 38 games with Kentucky, Adebayo averaged 13 points, eight rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game.
In his first two seasons with the Heat, Adebayo started just 47 games and averaged 8.0 points a 6.5 rebounds per game. Then, the 2019-20 season came. Adebayo has started all 56 of Miami’s games. He is averaging 16.0 points, 10.4 rebounds, and five assists per game.
For all of his efforts, Miami is leading the Southeast Division and is fourth overall in the Eastern Conference. Also, Adebayo was selected to his first NBA All-Star game. He’ll be in line for a huge payday when his rookie contract expires. Maybe then NBA fans will recognize the Heat star’s name.