Bam Adebayo
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Bam Adebayo

Height / Weight
6' 9" / 255 lbs
Jul 18, 1997 (24)
NBA Draft
1st Round, 14th Overall, 2017
Full Name: Edrice Femi Adebayo
Nickname: Bam
Shoe Size: 16
Education: Kentucky
Parents: Marilyn Blount, John Adebayo

Bam Adebayo Biography Details, Age, Net Worth, and Basketball Career

Bam Adebayo is an American pro basketball player who currently plays center and power forward for the Miami Heat. He was born Edrice Femi Adebayo on July 18, 1997, in Newark, New Jersey. His nickname “Bam Bam” is a reference to The Flintstones character Bamm-Bamm Rubble. He stood 6-6 by the age of 13, turning him into a dominant basketball player at a young age. Coming out of high school, Adebayo was a five-star recruit and one of the best players in the country. He was named Mr. Basketball in the state of North Carolina and was McDonald’s All-American.

Adebayo played one year of college basketball at Kentucky before entering the NBA Draft. He was selected 14th overall in 2017 by the Miami Heat. He was a complementary player during his rookie season but took on a more prominent role in his second pro season, playing in all 82 games, including 28 starts. During his third pro season, Adebayo made a significant leap forward after becoming a permanent part of the Heat starting lineup. In 65 games before the 2019-20 season was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic, Adebayo was averaging 16.2 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 5.1 assists per game. He was also selected to the All-Star Team for the first time in 2020.

Bam Adebayo Basketball Career

High School Career (Northside High School, High Point Christian Academy)

After being born in New Jersey, Bam Adebayo and his mother moved to North Carolina, leaving his father behind. By the time he was 13, he was 6’6’’ and could dominate most games. He originally attended Northside High School in Pinetown, North Carolina. Adebayo had a standout junior season, averaging 32.2 points and 21 rebounds per game. As a senior, he transferred to High Point Christian Academy in High Point, North Carolina. He averaged 18.9 points, 13 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, and 1.5 assists per game while leading his team to the state championship game.

Adebayo was named a McDonald’s All-American and Mr. Basketball in the state of North Carolina.

College Career (Kentucky Wildcats)

After high school, Adebayo played college basketball at Kentucky under head coach John Calipari. He started all 38 games for the Wildcats, playing over 30 minutes per game while averaging 13 points and eight rebounds per game. He was a key part of the Kentucky team that won both the SEC regular-season and tournament titles. The Wildcats ultimately reached the Elite Eight before losing to eventual champions North Carolina. After his freshman, Adebayo left school to enter the NBA Draft.

NBA Career

The Miami Heat made Adebayo the 14th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. As a rookie, Adebayo started 19 of the 68 games he played in for the Heat. He averaged 6.9 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, playing mostly as a reserve for Miami. There was a noticeable uptick in his performance in his second season. Adebayo played in all 82 of Miami’s games, including 28 starts, averaging 8.9 points and 7.3 rebounds. 

Adebayo’s career exploded during the 2019-20 season. He recorded the first triple-double of his career in December and ended up starting all 65 of Mami’s games before the season was suspended in March. When the season was suspended, he was averaging 16.2 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 5.1 assists per game. Prior to the season being suspended, Adebayo was named an all-star for the first time in his career. He also won the All-Star Weekend Skills Competition.

Bam Adebayo Net Worth, Salary, Endorsements & Career Earnings

Ahead of the 2019-20 season, Bam Adebayo was still on his rookie contract with the Miami Heat, keeping his career earnings somewhat modest. He made $5.4 million in salary over his first two pro seasons. However, he is set to make $5.1 million on the fourth-year option of his rookie contract for the 2020-21 season. He also has a $7.1 million qualifying offer on his contract for the 2021-22 season, although he is likely to sign a lucrative extension with the Heat at some point. Adebayo also signed an endorsement deal with Nike prior to his rookie season. 

Bam Adebayo signed a three-year, $8.9 million deal with the Miami Heat in 2017.

Bam Adebayo Personal Life

Adebayo is the only son of Marilyn Blount and John Adebayo. His father is Nigerian and his mother is African-American. After he was born in New Jersey, Adebayo moved with his mother to North Carolina, where they lived in a single-wide trailer without his father being involved in his upbringing.

Adebayo is currently single and keeps his dating life private, preferring to focus on his basketball career.

Awards & Achievements

Awards and Honors by Type:
1 x NBA All-Star
Awards and Honors by Year:
NBA All-Star

Bam Adebayo Fun Facts

  • When Bam Adebayo moved into his dorm at Kentucky, his AAU coach gave him a framed picture of his childhood home with the words: “Never forget where you came from, and never lose sight of where you are going.” engraved at the bottom.
  • When he was one, Bam Adebayo flipped over a coffee table while watching The Flintstones. The event gave him the nickname Bam Bam after the character on the show.
  • During Bam Adebayo’s one college season at Kentucky, coach John Calipari asked his players who the hardest worker on the team was and everyone pointed at Adebayo.
  • In high school, Bam Adebayo was a member of the honor roll and his school’s poetry club.
  • Bam Adebayo admits to being a fan of Katy Perry.
  • Bam Adebayo once lived in a single-wide trailer with his mom. He now lives on the 48th floor of a condominium building in Miami while his mom lives on the 5th floor.
Career stats
64 33.5 57.0 25.0 79.9 9.0 5.4 1.0 1.2 18.7
72 33.6 55.7 14.3 69.1 10.2 5.1 1.3 1.1 15.9
82 23.3 57.6 20.0 73.5 7.3 2.2 0.8 0.9 8.9
69 19.8 51.2 0.0 72.1 5.5 1.5 0.6 0.5 6.9
Recent Games
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33 5 1 7 8 8 2 0 2
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32 21 4 7 11 2 1 0 2
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