Miami Heat: Is Bam Adebayo the real answer to power forward question?

Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo (13) reacts after a dunk(Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports)
Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo (13) reacts after a dunk(Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports) /
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Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo (13) reacts after a dunk during the first half of game seven of the 2022 eastern conference finals(Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports) /

What if—the answer to that question is right in front of them and always has been? Bam Adebayo is as skilled, strong, and athletic as they come.

He can defend anyone on the floor, has the ball skills, and is a few three-point attempts per game away from being the ideal stretch four. Not only is he darn good at the perimeter stuff but he would also still be a real power forward though with his size and ability to be effective at the rim or in the paint on both sides of the ball.

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With guys like Omer Yurtseven, Dewayne Dedmon, Orlando Robinson if he sticks, or even Nikola Jovic, depending on how far along and fast the Miami Heat can help him find a niche, Bam Adebayo could be that guy that operates as your power forward.

Though with a guy like Jovic things become more interchangeable, the fact that Bam could man either spot is the point.

Even if the guy isn’t on the roster, such as a Myles Turner type, there are ways to make it happen. For what it’s worth, the Miami Heat have never really truly tried to play Adebayo as a power forward.

But that doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t and especially if there aren’t any true upgrades at the spot revealing themselves for an equitable cost.

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So, yes, the Miami Heat’s answer at the power forward spot might already be on the roster—they just have to be willing to see if it can work.