Averaged over 20 points and nearly 11 rebounds. This is the statistical “projection” made by Basketball-reference with Bam Adebayo for next season. A relatively small advance compared to the figures already posted by the pivot of the Heat last year: 19 points and 10 rebounds on average in 32 minutes. He has set himself a simple summer objective in view of his next exercise: ” Be a more effective scorer. »
” They call me ‘No Ceiling’ (limitless) for good reason. I have a feeling that my average shot attempts will increase. The guys want me to have the ball in hand, to score more. My job is really easy this summer “, develops the player who will celebrate his 25th birthday in a few days.
If we rely on its percentage of address alone, the interior will have a hard time gaining in efficiency. Over his last four seasons, he hasn’t shot below 55% success, which already makes him a hyper-efficient player in attack. Also, his average points and shot attempts increase year after year.
In the playoffs, however, he was more connected to alternating current. Like his final series against the Celtics where he signed great matches (Game 3 and 7) and had anecdotal outings in attack, for lack of aggressiveness. As a result, his regular season point average dropped in the finals (15 points). The arrival of Kyle Lowry also had an effect on his use since his passing average went down again.
One shot away from passing the Boston hurdle…
He will therefore try to do as well or better next year at the heart of a group that is virtually unchanged, with the exception of the departure of P.J. Tucker to the Sixers. ” It’s positive to feel that we can come back and do something different this year with Caleb (Martin), Dewayne (Dedmon) Victor (Oladipo) (note: all back), guys who know our system, and everyone is on the same line “, Continues the pivot.
The latter hopes to erase the painful memory of this defeat to the Celtics, which left the Heat a few baskets from a new NBA final. “ It’s an obligation to go back to where you were and get a different result. It haunts you, because you’re so close to the goal and you miss a shot. If you watch the game, there were so many moments where we could have taken the lead. […] It’s like having a battery in the back to do something special », Picture the All-Star to finish.