Bam Adebayo has been sidelined with a thumb injury for a large portion of the season thus far, only appearing in 18 games for the Miami Heat. However, he was having an excellent season prior to his injury, averaging 18.7 PPG, 10.2 RPG, and 3.2 APG.
There is no question that Bam Adebayo is one of the best centers in the league when healthy. While he isn't viewed as a superstar yet by the public, there are definitely some people who view his skillset very highly. An article written by Michael Scotto of HoopsHype shared the words of an NBA GM, who has recently claimed that Adebayo is "the best big in the league behind Nikola Jokic".
“I think he’s the best big in the league behind Nikola Jokic because of his athletic versatility, his passing, he can play big or small, and guard on the perimeter,” one NBA general manager told HoopsHype. “I’m thinking about the playoffs, not the regular season. He can beat Rudy Gobert down the floor and guard Joel Embiid. He can match up with Giannis Antetokounmpo if the [Milwaukee] Bucks go small. He’s good at preventing guys from getting to their spots and taking comfortable shots. I don’t know what else you want from your five?
There is no question that Bam Adebayo's versatility on the defensive end is very valuable, especially when teams go small in the playoffs as mentioned. Last season, coach Erik Spoelstra even claimed that Bam Adebayo should be in DPOY talks, and Adebayo ended the season in 4th place for the award.
The Miami Heat are currently the 3rd seed in the Eastern Conference, and they should be even better when Bam Adebayo returns from his injury. The Heat are a tough defensive-minded squad, and there is no doubt that they will be a difficult matchup for anyone in the playoffs with Bam Adebayo back in the fold.