It’s no surprise that the entire NBA is trying to find their Bam Adebayo, but it’s just not going to happen. Not many people are given the God given talent of being a guard in a center’s body, but he is one of them.
A few decades ago, the league was being run by dominant bigs, who worked predominantly in the low post. We’ve seen a slow shift away from that type of play in the NBA, but June 22nd, 2017 was the night that we look back at as the beginning of a new era.
Bam Adebayo was picked with the 14th pick by the Miami Heat, and it wasn’t exactly the most loved pick. Why would they take a 6’9 center who can’t shoot the three ball and doesn’t have a low post game?
Well, that’s because he can do absolutely everything else on the floor, which is ultimately the bar for teams across the league when discussing a franchise center.
Now, the Miami Heat selected Precious Achiuwa in the 2o2o NBA Draft, which means that they sense a total 360 in today’s league. They started this trend, and they’re going to ride it out until the next trend comes around.
Many thought they would size up after the Los Angeles Lakers bigs gave them major trouble in the NBA Finals, but I also believe they see this as a counter. Having two quick bigs on the roster gives Miami major flexibility, and ultimately could play many team’s centers off of the floor.
And if any team was going to do it, it would be this fast paced, in-shape Miami Heat team, who could potentially look to run teams off the floor.
Once again, everybody is trying to find their Bam, but there is no other Bam. I’ve mentioned the fact that Precious can reiterate many of the things that Bam does, but that doesn’t mean he’s on track to be the same type of player.
Not only does every team want their Bam, but every player wants to be like Bam. The players in the draft also realize that the game is changing, so they will need to have a versatile offensive game by play-making, handling the ball, and potentially running the offense.
That’s the goal.
The goal is Bam.
And not many people are going to reach that goal.