Miami Heat legend Chris Bosh believes that Bam Adebayo needs to shoot more to continue his development. The former player lauded Adebayo for his playmaking and unselfishness but noted that he needs to start shooting more.
The 24-year-old has emerged to be a vital unit of the Heat outfit since 2017 after he was picked by the franchise as the 14th overall pick at the NBA Draft.
He recently signed a five-year extension with the franchise. He played a significant role in Miami Heat qualifying for the NBA Finals in the bubble, most notably the mind-boggling block against Jayson Taytum in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Speaking with Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald, Bosh claimed that if Adebayo needs to grow as a player, he will have to start shooting the ball consistently. He said:
“That’s it. Shoot it. Shoot it. That’s all he needs to do is shoot it, I’m telling you. I did it for 13 years in the league, man, and it didn’t steer me wrong. Shoot it. He has the playmaking ability, he is unselfish. It’s wonderful that he’s a team player. But for him to get to where he wants to go, he’s going to have to shoot the ball.
Bosh feels Adebayo can be up for the task
Bosh added that Adebayo certainly has the quality to shoot the ball frequently and added that his shooting ability would draw a man outside of the paint to guard him as well. He stated:
“I think he’s more than capable,” Bosh added. “Once he proves he’s a threat out there, Brook Lopez, DeAndre Jordan, and all those bigs, they can’t just be in the middle of the paint playing traffic cop. He needs to come back and needs to shoot it until they guard him. That would be my recommendation.”
Adebayo definitely needs improvement on the shooting front having been a player to watch out for across both ends of the court. He only has 16 percent shooting from a three-point range in his career, and that would be a number he would be hoping to improve, now that the Heat are targetting a solid place in the regular season, and a deep playoff run with the acquisitions of Kyle Lowry and PJ Tucket among their ranks and also some notable contract extensions.