Miami Heat fans go wild imagining possibilities after Bam Adebayo drains 3-pointer in preseason opener'
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Miami Heat big man Bam Adebayo showcased a new wrinkle in his game in the team’s preseason opener, draining a 3-point shot against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Adebayo, who has attempted just 50 shots from beyond the arc in his NBA career, sent Heat fans into a frenzy after hitting the jumper. Multiple fans believe the rest of the NBA is in trouble if Adebayo has now extended his range to the 3-point line.

Adebayo previously showed off an ability to make shots from beyond the arc in the offseason during an appearance in the Miami Pro League, but it’s one thing to make deep shots in pro-am games and another to make them in actual NBA games.

One fan had an extremely lofty goal for Adebayo, hoping the Heat big man can shoot around 40 to 45 percent from beyond the arc in the 2022-23 season.

While that may be a bit of a stretch considering that Adebayo is just 7-for-50 from beyond the arc in his NBA career, it’s possible that the University of Kentucky product could at least become a threat to score from the outside.

The Heat finished the 2021-22 season with the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, but they eventually lost in the Eastern Conference Finals to the Boston Celtics. With Adebayo knocking down a trey in preseason, some think the Heat are going to win the title this season.

There’s no doubt that an expanded offensive game would make Adebayo a better player. Last season, Adebayo averaged 19.1 points, 10.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game while shooting 55.7 percent from the field. He attempted just six shots from beyond the arc all season, missing all of them.

It’s worth noting that in the 2021-22 season, Adebayo shot just 40.4 percent on shots between 10 and 16 feet from the basket. That isn’t a bad percentage, but the Heat certainly would like to see the former first-round pick be more consistent with his jump shot, especially if he starts shooting 3-pointers more consistently.

It will be interesting to see if Adebayo showcases his expanded range more as the preseason continues. Miami’s next preseason game is against the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday.

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Peter is a graduate of Quinnipiac University where he covered the MAAC and college basketball for three years. He has worked for NBC Sports, the Connecticut Sun and the Meriden Record-Journal covering basketball and other major sports. Follow him on Twitter @peterdewey2.