Bam Adebayo and LeBron James. One of these is like the other.
This afternoon, the NBA announced its Players of the Week for Week 8, and Adebayo represented the Eastern Conference, while James represented the West.
With this news, the former Wildcat becomes the second-youngest player in Miami Heat history to earn Player of the Week honors. In three games during Week 8, the former Wildcat forward averaged 20.0 points, 11.3 rebounds, 8.7 assists, and 1.3 steals per contest, also leading the Heat to two victories in the process.
NBA Players of the Week for Week 8!
— NBA (@NBA) December 16, 2019
On Tuesday night of last week, Adebayo made Miami Heat history, becoming the youngest player in franchise history to record a triple-double at 22 years and 145 days old, breaking Dwyane Wade’s previous record of 22 years and 348 days. In a 135-121 victory over the Atlanta Hawks, the former Wildcat finished with 30 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists.
Just four days later, Adebayo finished with yet another triple-double in a 122-118 victory over Dallas, putting up 18 points, 10 assists, and 12 rebounds in the win to go with two blocks and two steals.
On the year, Adebayo is now averaging 15.2 points, 10.6 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.4 steals, and 1.2 blocks per contest.
In 38 games as a freshman at Kentucky during the 2016–17 season, the former Wildcat averaged 13.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game en route to Second-Team All-SEC and SEC All-Freshman Team honors. He was then selected by the Heat with the No. 14 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.