Miami Heat: Can Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo Lead Team to Finals?
I believe they have a decent chance for a few reasons.
Stars Leave an Impact
Jimmy Butler has left his mark on the Heat in his first season in South Beach.
The 2011 Round 1 pick out of Marquette averaged 19.9 points a game for the Heat.
Butler also tallied 6.7 rebounds and six assists to go along with 1.8 steals per contest.
I love the intensity he brings to the table and he enjoys sticking up for his teammates.
Obviously, the Heat have a lot of talent.
But, Butler has been the focal point of this ball club.
Bam Adebayo has broke out in his third NBA season.
The Kentucky product posted 15.9 points and 10.2 boards per game with Miami.
He also earned his first trip to the All-Star game and played in 72 games this year.
Young Guns Rising Up
There are plenty of younger players looking comfortable out there on the basketball court this season for the Miami Heat.
Kendrick Nunn, 25, is only a rookie after going to The University of Illinois and Oakland University.
Nunn is only the fourth NBA player to play at Oakland.
The guard averaged just over 15 points a game this season in 66 games played (started all of them).
The Heat also has the services of Duncan Robinson, 26, who posted nearly 14 PPG and a 45 percent clip from three-point land this season.
Tyler Herro, 20, has 13.5 PPG and has just over four rebounds per ball game in only his first NBA season.
The player development with the Miami Heat has been outstanding.
Just seeing how these young players with a lack of experience and how they’ve played is noteworthy.
With the Philadelphia 76ers dealing with injuries to Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, Miami beating the Toronto Raptors two out of three times this season, and the Boston Celtics not having as much shooting depth as Miami, are the Heat the second-best team in the East?
It’s a question that has popped up more because of how the Heat have played recently.
I like Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, and the rest of the crew. However, it’s also possible they are a year away from fighting for that “second-best” label in the Eastern Conference, let alone a trip to the NBA Finals.
With the play of the young guns, Butler and Bam wouldn’t have a team to lead.
I give a lot of credit to head coach Erik Spoelstra who continues to inject this team with the “championship way”.
So, between the stars and young players to the head coach and the fact the Heat could be the second-best team in the East, there’s plenty of reasons to believe Miami could go on a title run in 2020.
I could tell you if I believe the Miami Heat are a title contender, but I’d rather hear your thoughts down below.
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