Heat take Kentucky's Bam Adebayo at No

Ruben Hill
June 23, 2017

His 754 points are the most ever by a Kentucky freshman and the fourth most by a Wildcat in a single season, regardless of class. He's sneaky. He's convincing.

The Miami Heat took a chance on Bam Adebayo's long-term potential as a defensive stopper Thursday, taking him with the No. 14 overall pick in the 2017 National Basketball Association draft.

It's an interesting pick for Miami. Who knows with Riley at the helm?

Speaking of which, America's most famous shoe salesman was happy Thursday night, as son Lonzo Ball got drafted second overall by the preferred hometown Los Angeles Lakers, right after Philadelphia, which traded up, selected Markelle Fultz at No. 1. He has informed the Pacers he won't return to the team in 2018, so in is definitely looking to shop him before it loses him for nothing.

Riley makes a one-year offer to Alonzo Mourning, who missed the previous season with a kidney ailment, but is satisfied to let the greatest player in Heat history go. At the fourteenth pick in the NBA Draft, Bam Adebayo definitely surged his draft stock due to his pre-draft workouts. The key for him is remaining engaged on every possession, something he struggled with last season. Either way, it would be shocking if the Heat was able to add a superstar like George out of nowhere this week.

Q. What's the most important thing you learned from Coach Cal off the court? Have you worked out with them or spoken with any of them before you were drafted here tonight? These results were disappointing, but still gave the city of Miami hope that maybe Pat Riley was seeing something that everyone else wasn't.

Adebayo took his game to another level starting in February. He's pretty athletic for his size, while possessing good strength for his age (19).

Since Wade, the Heat have drafted 22 players. Teenagers. As a parent, I didn't entirely trust my 18- or 19-year-old to keep in mind to feed the cat; now they're being trusted with the futures of franchises.

Likelihood: Not impossible, but it doesn't smell like a Riley move.

By becoming a first-round pick, players will earn a guaranteed three-year deal, ranging in worth from $3-16 million per year. The Heat is cashed out and won't be re-upped for quite some time.

Many Heat fans will ask, what's the upside?

Miami finished ninth in the East last season with a 41-41 record.

Likelihood: Not happening, but a boy can dream.

What does the addition of Adebayo mean for the rest of the Heat's roster? That's not a Dragic problem; it's a Golden State Warriors problem and a Cleveland Cavaliers problem. Also, a Boston Celtics problem. "After all, there's no crying on the yacht when you get three guys in the lottery".

Also, LeBron James is a free agent next offseason. It's going to happen, and when it does, it's going to be unbelievable.

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