5. Bam Adebayo
Bam Adebayo’s rookie campaign was impressive, averaging 12 points and 10 rebounds per 36 minutes on efficient scoring numbers while playing solid defense. He posted seven double-doubles last season, giving Heat fans a glimpse into what he may one day be capable of regularly.
Adebayo’s short term success will depend largely on what the Heat decide to do with Hassan Whiteside. Whiteside struggled toward the end of last season and in the playoffs, ending up on the bench for large stretches of games and publicly not being on the best of terms with Head Coach Erik Spoelstra.
If the Heat can move Whiteside’s two-year, $52 million contract, Adebayo would appear more than capable of stepping up in his role and giving the Heat a newfound athletic spark at the center position. Whether or not they do move Whiteside, expect Adebayo to have an impressive sophomore season, cementing himself as one of the NBA’s best young big men.