Bam Adebayo joins elite Miami Heat company with All-Star bid

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Bam Adebayo has been selected to the NBA All-Star team for the third time in his career, placing him among the most elite players in Miami Heat history.

With his third All-Star selection in his last five seasons, Adebayo joins Alonzo Mourning,  Shaquille O’Neal, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh as the only players in franchise history who have been voted into the All-Star Game three or more times as members of the Heat.

Bam Adebayo joins Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and others as one of six Miami Heat players to be named an All-Star six times.

Adebayo will represent the Heat at the 2024 NBA All-Star Game, which will take place on Sunday, Feb. 18 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Adebayo, 26, was named the NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week on January 14, and is averaging 20.6 points, 10.6 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 38 games this season.

He leads the team in points, assists, total rebounds, offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds, blocks, field goals made, double-figure scoring games, 20-point games, double-figure rebounding games and double-doubles.

Joining Adebayo at All-Star Weekend will be rookie Jaime Jaquez Jr., who will participate in the Rising Stars challenge.

Jimmy Butler did not make the cut. The 34-year-old is averaging 21.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.4 assists in 33 games this season, but has put up pedestrian numbers for long stretches. His 31-point game in Wednesday’s win over the Kings marked the first time he scored 20 or more points in three-straight games since Nov. 18.

Adebayo was named an Eastern Conference reserve along with Orlando’s Paolo Banchero, Boston’s Jaylen Brown, New York’s Jalen Brunson and Julius Randle, Philadelphia’s Tyrese Maxey and Cleveland’s Donovan Mitchell.

The East starters are Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo and Damian Lillard, Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid, Boston’s Jayson Tatum and Indiana’s Tyrese Haliburton.

Embiid and Randle will likely miss the All-Star Game because of injuries, opening the door for two injury replacements. Potential options, to be selected by NBA commissioner Adam Silver, include Trae Young, Jarrett Allen, Derrick White, Kristaps Porzingis, Scottie Barnes, Pascal Siakam and Butler.