The University of Kentucky product says that he has a different mindset about getting his big payday.
“There’s no [expletive] with me,” Adebayo said. “Just because I got money doesn’t mean that I got complacent. That’s not how my mind works. If anything, once you get paid, that puts a target on your back. So I thrive with that. That should make you wake up and work. I got paid, but there are other dudes behind me thinking they should have got what I got.”
Last season, his third in the NBA, Adebayo had a breakout season. He averaged 15.9 points, 10.2 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game, greatly increasing his production in each category.
His improvement played a big role in Miami having a surprising season, and for that, Adebayo was named to his first NBA All-Star team.
If Adebayo takes his game to yet another level this season, the Heat could very well surprise observers once again and return to the NBA Finals.