Jimmy Butler Heaps Praise on Bam Adebayo, Calls Him ‘Heart’ of Miami Heat

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Jimmy Butler may be the Miami Heat’s best player, but center Bam Adebayo is the heart of the team.

This was Butler’s belief after the 22-year old had his best effort of the 2019-20 preseason on Monday night at AmericanAirlines Arena.

The Heat demolished the Atlanta Hawks with a 120-87 rout, as Adebayo turned in a spectacular performance with 15 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and three blocks in only 26 minutes of floor time.

“He’s key for us,” Butler said. “He’s a shot-maker, he creates for others so easily. Obviously, the blocking shots, rebounding and he just flies up and down the floor. He’s constantly creating mismatches. To tell you the truth, he’s the heart of this team. He’s the motor, he’s everything to us.”

The Heat expect Adebayo to continue his upward development as he has the potential to become a double-double machine in his third season in the league.

Adebayo and rookie Tyler Herro carried the Heat to victory against the Hawks. Herro scored a team-high 23 points and shot 9-of-14 from the field, including 5-of-7 from 3-point territory.

The two made up for Butler’s poor outing, a seven-point performance that fans hope will not be a nightly occurrence in the regular season.

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Omar is a freelance writer who has followed the NBA for more than 30 years. Prior to the Internet, he devoured every reading material he could find on the game from newspaper articles to books and magazines. He became a Heat fan the moment they acquired Tim Hardaway and his killer crossover, and lamented not seeing him and Alonzo Mourning win a championship. Seeing Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh play in Miami was a surreal moment for him and more so after they validated the Decision with back-to-back championships. He is ecstatic to cover Miami basketball for Heat Nation.