Edrice Femi Adebayo or simply Bam Adebayo is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the NBA.
He played college basketball for the Kentucky Wildcats before being selected by the Heat with the 14th overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft.
He was named an NBA All-Star and voted to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team during the 2019–20 season.
Early Life and Career
Adebayo was born in Newark, New Jersey to a Nigerian father and an African-American mother.
As a child, he was given the nickname “Bam Bam” by his mother when, while watching The Flintstones at age one, he flipped over a coffee table in a manner similar to the show’s character Bamm-Bamm Rubble.
Adebayo is of African American and Yoruba descent.
He attended Northside High School in Pinetown, North Carolina where, as a junior, he averaged 32.2 points and 21 rebounds a game.
During the summer, Adebayo joined his Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) team, Team Loaded North Carolina, alongside fellow five-star 2016 recruit Dennis Smith Jr.
In his season debut, Adebayo scored 22 points and 17 rebounds in an 81–39 win over New Garden Friends School.
Adebayo was rated a five-star recruit and considered one of the best high school prospects of the 2016 class.
He was ranked the No. 5 overall recruit and No. 2 power forward in the 2016 high school class.
On November 17, 2015, Adebayo committed to the University of Kentucky. He joined fellow freshmen Malik Monk, De’Aaron Fox, and Wenyen Gabriel.
On March 24, Kentucky defeated UCLA in the Sweet Sixteen, Adebayo had 12 rebounds in the game.
On March 26, Adebayo scored 13 points and seven rebounds in a 75–73 loss in the Elite Eight against the North Carolina.
After the loss in the Elite Eight, he declared his entry into the 2017 NBA draft on April 5, with him signing an agent 20 days later.
In 38 games for Kentucky in the 2016–17 season, Adebayo averaged 13.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game and was named First-team All-SEC as well to the SEC All-Freshman team.
On June 22, 2017, Adebayo was selected with the 14th overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft by the Miami Heat.
On July 1, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Heat, and joined the team for the 2017 NBA Summer League.
In his rookie season, Adebayo appeared in 69 games for the Heat and averaged 6.9 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.
On December 7, 2018, Adebayo recorded 22 points and 10 rebounds in a 115–98 win over the Phoenix Suns.
On December 28, he scored 18 points in a 118–94 victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Adebayo played all 82 games in the 2018-19 season, averaging 8.9 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.
On December 10, 2019, Adebayo recorded his first career triple-double with a career-high 30 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in a 135–121 overtime win against the Atlanta Hawks.
Adebayo was cut from the United States national team for the 2019 World Cup, but he was named to their 2020 Olympic team in Tokyo where he won Gold.
He had also been considering the Nigerian team for the Olympics.
Bam Adebayo signed a 5 year / $163,000,300 contract with the Miami Heat, including $163,000,300 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $32,600,060.
In 2021-22, Adebayo will earn a base salary of $28,103,500, while carrying a cap hit of $28,103,500 and a dead cap value of $28,103,500.
Bam Adebayo Age and Height
Born 18th July, 1997, Edrice is 24 years old now as of June 24, 2022 and has a height of 6 feet 9 inches (2.03 m).
What College did Bam Adebayo Go?
Bam Adebayo attended the University of Kentucky in the USA.
Bam Adebayo Jersey
Bam Adebayo wears the number 13 jersey for the Heat.
Bam Adebayo stats