Jimmy Butler: If Miami Heat Have Just 1 Star, Then That Star Is Bam Adebayo

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On Wednesday night, the Miami Heat defeated the Philadelphia 76ers, 108-104.

After the huge win, Jimmy Butler showed major praise and humility when asked what he’d say to those who think the Heat are a team with just one star.

In reality, Butler is the best player on the Heat and their one true star. That being said, Bam Adebayo’s ascendance may soon give Miami a dynamic duo.

Adebayo put up 23 points, nine rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks to hand Philly its first home loss of the season. The Sixers were the only NBA team that was still undefeated at home going into Wednesday’s contest.

Adebayo is now averaging 15.5 points, 10.6 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game on the season. His December numbers have been even stronger, as he’s boasting 18.5 points, 11.3 rebounds and 5.1 assists a game.

In an Eastern Conference that’s relatively devoid of star frontcourt players, he’s making a strong case for his first-ever All-Star Game bid.

With a 20-8 record, the Heat sit at the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference and are right on the heels of the Boston Celtics for the No. 2 seed.

However, they will be tested in the coming days. They will host the Utah Jazz and Indiana Pacers next week before engaging in a rematch with the Sixers in Miami.

Just after New Year’s Day, Miami will then face the defending champion Toronto Raptors, who have a 19-8 record despite the offseason departure of Kawhi Leonard.

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Robert is a native of Santa Monica, Calif. and a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has been an avid NBA fan since he was a little kid in the mid '90s, and during that time he has lived through the Alonzo Mourning, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James era of Heat basketball. He feels strongly that the NBA and sports aren't just entertainment, but also a means for learning life lessons.