Edrice “Bam” Adebayo is the future frontcourt piece to replace Paul Millsap and Dwight Howard that the Atlanta Hawks need. The 6-foot-10 forward averaged (13) Points Per Game and (8) Rebounds Per Game last season for the University of Kentucky in (30.1) minutes of action per game.
Adebayo is an athlete that has drawn comparisons to three-time All-NBA legend Shawn Kemp with his size and strength. Kemp was listed at 6-foot-10 and 230 pounds, while Adebayo’s currently listed at 260 pounds. Adebayo’s bounce and strength down on the block is a sight to see as a powerful post player.
He’s a pick-and-roll lob guy, which is great for Dennis Schroder who looks to return to Atlanta next season after losing Howard, an essential play in Schroder’s point guard Rolodex. He’s a great offensive rebounder, pulling down (3.1) a game last season, and he has good hands, as one of his signature moves is the alley-opp tip-in, a shot he attempts after not being able to dunk coming off the pick-and-roll. On defense, Adebayo averaged (1.5 ) blocks per game last season and he has great active feet for the entire shot clock. Using the eye test, Adebayo may remind spectators of the young, athletic Howard don’t tell him that though.
Like Howard, you don’t find a lot of footage of Adebayo handling the ball from the top of the key like most modern day big men and although it’s been said his mid-range game is decent, he didn’t really showcase that aspect of his game either at Kentucky. He looks uncomfortable with the ball in his hands in situations outside of the paint and he averaged 1.7 turnovers last season. He also had a 65.3 free throw percentage last season. A difference between the two, however, is that Abedayo is an exceptional perimeter defender.
If the Hawks trade up a couple of spots , this is definitely a piece the team should desire in the newest rebuilding era for the franchise. With so many talented big men available in this year’s draft, it can be easy for a player like Adebayo to slip through the cracks and into Atlanta’s hands as the steal of the first round.