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Miami Heat get mediocre grades for drafting Bam Adebayo with 14th overall pick

MIAMI — The Heat believe they made the right choice with the 14th overall pick.

But others have a different opinion when it comes to Miami’s first-round selection. The Heat took forward/center Bam Adebayo at No. 14 in Thursday’s NBA draft.

For the most part, outside media outlets gave Miami a mediocre grade for its only pick of the draft. Here are how others graded the Heat’s draft …

Bleacher Report

Grade: B-

Analysis: “Edrice “Bam” Adebayo adds more toughness to the Heat’s frontcourt. He’s the projected backup for Hassan Whiteside due to his ability to score in the paint and protect the rim. It’ll be interesting to see if the head coach Erik Spoelstra experiments with Whiteside and Adebayo together. Neither have the ability to stretch the floor.”

CBS Sports

Grade: B-

Analysis: “First surprise pick of draft. High upside — if he stays as tough energy player, not a perimeter player.”

ESPN

Grade: C+

Analysis: “Bam Adebayo looks the part of a lottery pick, with an NBA body, long arms and explosive athleticism. He has particularly quick feet for a player his size, allowing him to guard multiple positions on the floor. But there seemed to be something missing during his freshman year. He didn’t always rebound or play with intensity. Despite his size and athleticism he struggled to finish over length. And while he reportedly has a nice perimeter game, he didn’t show it at Kentucky. Perhaps he’ll be like Skal Labissiere and blossom outside of Kentucky. But I’m a little skeptical and I would’ve taken Harry Giles.”

Fox Sports

Grade: C-

Analysis: “Pat Riley and the Heat made the night’s first truly surprising pick at No. 14, taking Adebayo as a likely backup to Hassan Whiteside. The former Kentucky big man has the size and strength to become a force on offense, but he’s not much of a defender, and he doesn’t stretch the floor.”

SB Nation

Grade: D

Analysis: “I’m not sure I understand what the Heat were going for by taking Bam Adebayo at No. 14. He’s a good rebounder, but he has no shooting range and isn’t a rim protector. He also doesn’t seem like a natural fit next to Hassan Whiteside.”

The Ringer

Grade: C

Analysis: “Everyone said the draft would open up after the first dozen picks were off the board, and the Heat made the first real shocker of the night when they selected Adebayo, who was seen as a late-first-round pick through most of the draft process. There’s no questioning Bam’s athletic ability: He’s light on his feet for a guy who is built like a tank. However, he will have to become more of a perimeter-oriented player in Miami’s pace-and-space system, especially with Hassan Whiteside taking up most of the minutes at center. There will always be a place in the NBA for a player with Adebayo’s size and speed, but big men who don’t protect the rim and can’t space the floor have become much less valuable in the last few years.”

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