Miami Heat: Why there should be no concern after big-man strikeout

Miami Heat forward Precious Achiuwa (5) makes a dunk against the Charlotte Hornets(Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports)
Miami Heat forward Precious Achiuwa (5) makes a dunk against the Charlotte Hornets(Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports) /
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Nemanja Bjelica #8 of the Sacramento Kings drives to the basket against Andre Iguodala #28 of the Miami Heat(Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) /

The Miami Heat struck out on all the options at big man, but do they have enough?

The Heat have spent the last three seasons displaying Adebayo at the five spot and while trading away a capable, yet incapable, interior presence in Hassan Whiteside during the summer of 2019, Miami went full-fledge for Adebayo to control whatever happens at the rim. And at his own will, he’s done just that.

However, it’s been frequently noted of Adebayo’s only true outstanding weakness as a player, as he lacks size against larger opposing centers. While an exceptional perimeter defender, teams tend to punish Miami by forcing Bam to switch in pick and roll scenarios (whenever the Heat choose to play man), therefore leaving the Heat with an even smaller player to drop down towards the rim.

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Adebayo, remains as one of the league’s premier rim protectors, as he still covers plenty of ground on both ends of the floor. As we’ve seen in several games during last year’s postseason stretch, Bam will have the strength and speed over Eastern Conference’s top centers, including Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid.

If the Heat are deemed unsuccessful in their search for a starting (or backup) center, Miami Heat Head Coach, Erik Spoelstra, will have no other option but to look for Achiuwa, the Heat’s 21 year-old rookie from Memphis, to provide invaluable minutes.