MIAMI — It’s time for another Heat mailbag.
Carl, Boynton Beach: Who’s been the biggest (pleasant) surprise so far? Josh Richardson or Bam Adebayo?
Anthony Chiang: Both players have been bright spots for the Heat this season. After a slow start, Josh Richardson has turned his play up a notch and is averaging 15.8 points on 55.1 percent shooting from the field and 53.1 percent shooting from 3-point range over his last 10 games. And 20-year-old rookie Bam Adebayo has been a consistent contributor for the Heat so far, averaging 6.3 points and 4.2 rebounds in 20 games. But when you ask for the biggest surprise, Bam is the name that sticks out. Why? Not many even expected him to have a consistent role in the Heat’s rotation this season. And when Hassan Whiteside has been healthy, that’s been the case. But with Hassan injured, Bam has been asked to help fill the void and he’s taken advantage of the opportunity. So much so that some are asking if Bam has earned a consistent spot in the rotation when Hassan returns from injury. The Heat are only two months into the regular season, and Bam has already flashed his athleticism, versatility, skill and enormous potential on both sides of the floor.
Who’s been the biggest pleasant surprise for the Heat this season? Bam. What’s been the most positive development for the Heat this season? Bam.
@Tdog_24: Who benefits with James Johnson and Hassan Whiteside out? I’m thinking Kelly Oylnyk?
Anthony Chiang: Nobody benefits with James Johnson and Hassan Whiteside injured. Nobody. James and Hassan are two of the Heat’s most important players, and without them they might not even be a playoff team. Sure, Kelly Olynyk, Bam Adebayo and Jordan Mickey will each see more playing time in this scenario. But the Heat are a worse team without James and Hassan. Because of that, nobody on Miami’s side benefits.