Miami Heat: Stephen A. Smith calls Bam & Jimmy Butler most underrated

Bam Adebayo #13 and Jimmy Butler #22 of the Miami Heat prior to the game against the Atlanta Hawks (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Bam Adebayo #13 and Jimmy Butler #22 of the Miami Heat prior to the game against the Atlanta Hawks (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

The Miami Heat are known for being underdogs and relishing in that mantra, label, and role. Similar but not the same, they are now being called underrated.

The Miami Heat have long been treated like the forgotten franchise. While people like to point to the immediate superstardom that Dwyane Wade found upon winning his first title after the 2006 NBA Finals or the glitz and glamor of the Big 3, Miami Heat basketball has oftentimes other than those been pushed to the shadows.

It’s no wonder why Jimmy Butler fit so well with the organization, from his Michael Jordan-esque mentality and approach on motivation to his desire to just do his work without all the fanfare, he fit right in with everything that had made the franchise what it was before he arrived.

Bam Adebayo is almost one and the same. As if his daily ”mood” Tweets since the inception of the NBA suspension haven’t been enough, Bam Adebayo doesn’t seem to like to do or care much about anything other than basketball or hooping.

Bam and Jimmy Butler’s mentalities not only fit right in with the Miami Heat culture itself, but it is this culture of the silent underdog who’s always working that supersedes them all. This mentality, along with their sudden success this season, has obviously also fostered other feelings towards the team and this duo specifically.

According to ESPN‘s Stephen A. Smith, they are the absolute most underrated tandem in the NBA. See for yourself.

When discussing the top duos in the NBA, the question was posed to Stephen A. by the host of the show. As seen above, he responded with the Miami Heat’s very own dynamic duo.

This is a far cry from the general perception when the announcement was first made that Jimmy Butler had chosen to come join the Miami Heat and leave Philadelphia. While Stephen A. simply dismissed Miami as sort of a non-factor then, still “blasphemous” in its own right, he didn’t poo-poo the move as others tried to do.

You would think that things like this, along with their success up until the season was suspended, would dismiss those “he’s just going on vacation” and “he’s just going there to retire” notions. Wouldn’t you?

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In any event, here it was from the self-proclaimed basketball and NBA “aficionado” himself. The Miami Heat house the most underrated NBA duo that the league has to offer, but not for long. As soon as the season tips off once again, the rest of the league will have no choice but to acknowledge exactly what Stephen A Smith has already come to accept.