- Personal Information:
- Full Name: Edrice Femi “Bam” Adebayo
- Nicknames: Bam Bam, Bam
- Date of Birth: July 18, 1997
- Age: 26 years
- Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, USA
- John Adebayo (Nigerian Yoruba)
- Marilyn Blount (African American)
- Story Behind Nickname: Got the nickname “Bam” after flipping a coffee table when he was one, likened to Bamm-Bamm Rubble from The Flinstones.
- Relationship Status: Single and private about personal life.
- Career Information:
- Current Team: Miami Heat
- Position: Center and Power Forward
- Jersey Number: 13
- College Team: Kentucky Wildcats
- High Schools: Northside (Pinetown, North Carolina), High Point Christian Academy (High Point, North Carolina)
- NBA Draft:
- Year: 2017
- Round: 1
- Pick: 14
- Drafted by: Miami Heat
- NBA Debut: October 18, 2017
- Experience: 6 Years
- Current Team: Miami Heat
- Physical Details:
- Height: 2.06 m (6 feet 9 inches)
- Weight: 115 kg (255 pounds)
- Shoe Size: 16 (US)
- Financial & Contractual Details:
- Duration: Five years
- Total Value: $163,000,300
- Average Annual Salary: $32,600,060
- Net Worth: $20 million
- Other Details:
Bam Adebayo Stats
Team: Miami Heat
Jersey Number: #13
Abridged Career Statistics:
- Team: Miami Heat (MIA)
- Games Played (GP): 418
- Games Started (GS): 314
- Average Minutes per Game (MIN): 29.3
- Points (PTS): 14.7 PPG
- Field Goals (FG): 55.4% (5.6-10.2)
- 3-Pointers (3PT): 12.9% (0.0-0.1)
- Free Throws (FT): 75.5% (3.4-4.5)
- Rebounds (REB): 8.5 RPG
- Assists (AST): 3.4 APG
- Blocks (BLK): 0.9 BPG
- Steals (STL): 1.0 SPG
- Fouls (PF): 2.5 PFPG
- Turnovers (TO): 2.1 TOPG
- Points (PTS): 6146
- Field Goals (FG): 2358-4259
- 3-Pointers (3PT): 8-62
- Free Throws (FT): 1422-1883
- Rebounds (REB): 3538
- Assists (AST): 1429
Efficiency & Discipline:
- Assist to Turnover Ratio (AST/TO): 1.6
- Steal to Turnover Ratio (STL/TO): 0.5
- Scoring Efficiency (SC-EFF): 1.443
- Shooting Efficiency (SH-EFF): 0.55
- Double Doubles (DD2): 149
- Triple Doubles (TD3): 5
- Technical Fouls (TECH): 16
- Flagrant Fouls (FLAG): 2
- Disqualifications (DQ): 7
- Ejections (EJECT): 1
Bam Adebayo has been a valuable player for the Miami Heat with his consistent performance and strong presence on the court. As his stats suggest, Adebayo is a reliable player in terms of scoring, rebounding, and overall efficiency, making him a cornerstone for the Miami Heat’s success in recent seasons.
Bam Adebayo 2023-24 Profile
Bam Adebayo — the 6 foot 9, 255 pound Center for the Miami Heat — is praised around the NBA for being one of the league’s hardest workers. Evidence of this is not only shown through his multiple All-NBA Defensive Team selections, but also through Adebayo’s points per game average increasing every single season he has been in the NBA. Not to mention that the Miami Heat always seem to perform as a stronger, more cohesive unit when Adebayo is on the court. With Adebayo’s combination of physical gifts and mental intelligence, the sky seems to be the limit — which makes his upcoming 2023-24 campaign an intriguing one.
In this article, we’ll discuss Bam Adebayo’s general information, his basketball background before the NBA, how his NBA career has gone so far, and what we can expect for his 2023-24 season.
Bam Adebayo General Information
Edrice Femi “Bam” Adebayo was born on July 18, 1997, in Newark, New Jersey, USA. His parents are John Adebayo — a Nigerian Yoruba man — and Marilyn Blount — an African American woman. Adebayo received his “Bam” nickname after flipping over a coffee table when he was one year old, which his mother likened to The Flinstones character Bamm-Bamm Rubble. Bam Adebayo is currently single, and prefers to keep his personal life private.
On November 28, 2020, Adebayo signed a five-year, $163,000,300 contract with the Miami Heat — which makes for an average annual salary of $32,600,060. Adebayo’s net worth is estimated to be $20 million.
Bam Adebayo wears jersey number 13, and wears a size 16 (US) shoe.
Bam Adebayo Background
Bam Adebayo moved with his mother to North Carolina when he was seven years old after his Dad moved back to Nigeria. He attended Northside High School in Pinetown, North Carolina for his first three years of high school. As a junior at Northside, Adebayo he averaged 32.2 points and 21 rebounds per game.
Adebayo transferred to High Point Christian Academy in High Point, North Carolina for his senior year. There, Adebayo averaged 18.9 points, 13 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks per game — leading his team to a state championship appearance. After the season ended, Adebayo was named 2016 North Carolina Mr. Basketball, and played in both the 2016 McDonald’s All-American Game and the Jordan Brand Classic.
Bam Adebayo was considered the #5 overall recruit and #2 power forward recruit of his 2016 high school class. And on November 17, 2015, Adebayo committed to play college basketball at the University of Kentucky.
Adebayo’s only season at Kentucky was successful. In 38 games during his 2016-17 season, Adebayo averaged 13.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game. He was named to the All-SEC Second Team and SEC All-Freshman team once the season ended.
After Kentucky lost in the Elite Eight round of the 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, Adebayo declared for the 2017 NBA Draft. On June 22, 2017, Adebayo was selected with the 14th overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft by the Miami Heat.
Adebayo’s NBA Career So Far
Bam Adebayo had a relatively quiet 2017-18 rookie season with the Heat, averaging 6.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 19.8 minutes per game in the 69 games he appeared in. However, Adebayo showed progression in his second season, playing all 82 regular season games and averaging 8.9 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.
Adebayo’s breakout season occurred in 2019-20, after the Heat traded starting Center Hassan Whiteside. Once Adebayo took over the starting Center role, he increased his averages to 15.9 points, 10.2 rebounds, 5.1 assists 1.3 blocks, and 1.1 steals per game. He was also named to his first ever All-Star team during that 2019-20 season.
The Heat made it to their first NBA Finals appearance in that 2020 season — and Adebayo was a crucial reason they got there. Unfortunately, after averaging 17.8 points per game in the 19 playoff games he played in, Adebayo got injured in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, and the Heat went on to lose to the Los Angeles Lakers in six games. At season’s end, Adebayo was named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team, was a runner-up in voting for NBA Most Improved Player of the Year, and finished fifth in Defensive Player of the Year voting.
Bam Adebayo also played for Team USA in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and earned a gold medal while there.
After signing the aforementioned five-year contract with the Heat in November 2020, Adebayo finished the 2020-21 season averaging 18.7 points, 9 rebounds, and a career high 5.4 assists while being named to a second consecutive All-Defensive Second Team and finishing fourth in Defensive Player of the Year Voting.
Despite missing nearly two months of the 2021-22 regular season due to thumb surgery, Adebayo returned in good enough form to help lead the Heat to the #1 seed in the Eastern Conference for the playoffs. Yet, despite a 25 point, 11 rebound, and 4 assist performance from Adebayo, the Heat were eliminated by the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Adebayo finished the season 19.1 points, 10.1 rebounds, and 3.4 assists. He was also named to the All-Defensive Second Team for the third consecutive season and placed fourth in Defensive Player of the Year Voting
Adebayo was voted to his second All-Star team in the 2022-23 season. During that year’s playoffs, he averaged 17.9 points, 9.9 rebounds, and joined LeBron James and Dwyane as the only players in Heat history to record 20 or more playoff double-doubles.
The Heat returned to the NBA Finals in that 2022-23 season. Although Adebayo finished the 2023 NBA Finals leading the Heat in scoring and rebounding with 21.8 and 12.4, respectively, the Heat lost to the Denver Nuggets in five games.
Bam Adebayo 2023-24 Season Forecast
After another NBA Finals defeat, Bam Adebayo must be eager for the 2023-24 season to commence. Interestingly enough, the two seasons that the Heat have made the NBA Finals are also the two seasons where Adebayo made an All-Star team. While this is surely coincidence in part, it also illustrates how important Adebayo’s form is to Miami’s success.
This season, Adebayo will look to improve on his already stellar defensive game — and perhaps increase his assists stats, as well. As I noted earlier, Adebayo’s scoring average has increased every season he has been in the NBA. And if that trend continues in 2023-24, Adebayo should be in line to make another All-Star team; which, if history is any indication, might mean another trip to the NBA Finals for his Miami Heat.
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