Does Heat’s Bam Adebayo need to improve his scoring skills or his scoring mentality? –Boston Herald
Q: Does Bam Adebayo level up on offense as easily as Pat Riley and Erik Spoelstra get him 15 shots per game, or more on Bam who busted his ass this summer at the gym to hone his offensive skills? Assuming Bam becomes an offensive juggernaut, could he co-exist with Jimmy Butler? -Stuart.
A: To answer part two first, Jimmy Butler has embraced and co-existed with secondary scoring options throughout his Heat tenure, so I don’t see that as a concern. And I believe that Bam already has such skills. More than anything, I believe it is a state of mind. Can/will Bam, when he has the ball, play with one eye to the rim, or will his playmaking instincts take over? We saw several examples in the playoffs where he appreciated the need to score and played as such. And then he came back. So more than anything, more than even off-season work, it’s going to be how the Heat’s coaching staff handles it in the moment, in games.
Q: I take issue with Pat Riley’s comments about Omer Yurtseven. Omer has played 14 consecutive double-doubles matches. Instead of pointing that out, which is pretty amazing for an undrafted rookie, we have a litany of areas for improvement. If he has all of these areas to improve, he must have monstrous talent. He helped keep the Heat afloat when Bam Adebayo was out. Still, he didn’t have a chance to play in the playoffs, even though he can pass, score and rebound. – SR
A: And not once in your question/comment is the word defense included. Yes, Omer Yurtseven might just have some weird rebounding and scoring skills. But there is also the other half of the field. My impression is rather than allowing Omer to rest on his scoring/rebounding laurels, the Heat have been demanding on the job on the other end. When Bam Adebayo was out, the Heat had no other choice. But they did it in the playoffs. Part of that is that there’s hope that Omer will become a two-way player, and the Heat hope such messages resonate.
Q: Hassan Whiteside is a free agent again and tweets about loving living in Miami. Any interest? – Sylvain.
A: As long as Omer Yurtseven is under contract (which he is for next season, at a minimum), I don’t see the Heat letting anyone get in the way of his growth. I’m actually a little curious what their approach will be with Dewayne Dedmon, down to bringing him back as a backup center in free agency.