Q: Bam Adebayo is an All-Star for sure. And let’s put it in the first MVP speech. -Douglas.
A: Maybe (actually) skipping the MVP speech, given what we’ve seen from Nikola Jokic and Luka Doncic. But All-Star certainly appears in the realm of Bam Adebayo. But keep in mind that the All-Star process doesn’t delineate forward centers. So among the Eastern Conference front row players, Joel Embiid, Kevin Durant, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jayson Tatum are ahead of Bam right now in productivity and rankings. But with a minimum of six front-row players to name from the Eastern Conference, he certainly appears there for Bam’s take.
Q: Maybe it’s time to concede the Heat grossly overpaid Kyle Lowry and move him to second unit. He is wildly inconsistent and in many games offers little offense. His main skill cannot be the forward pass. Move Gabe Vincent to the starting unit and leave Lowry flat to Max Strus and Duncan Robinson. This might improve the second unit and give the first unit a bit more speed. Thoughts? – Rick, Cooper City.
A: In other words, Kyle Lowry has started the last 666 games he has appeared in. So once you make such a change, you run the real risk of losing him, if not because of his attitude, than simply human nature. So I’m not sure we’re close to that point. Plus, Gabe Vincent is still working his way back from knee pain, so the resulting increase in his minutes might not be optimal either. This is not a situation where you have a backup point guard hot on Kyle’s heels when it comes to earned playing time. Beyond that, Gabe has forged a quality partnership with Victor Oladipo, especially in the team’s zone defense. As for Kyle’s contract, the Heat have shown with Duncan Robinson at times that salary is not at the heart of their decisions.
Q: Is there any reason not to convert Orlando Robinson to a standard contract? – Wago.
A: Yes, because it would drag the Heat into the luxury tax and potentially trigger the even more punitive repeater tax in a future season. Last season, the Heat were able to offload KZ Okpala’s contract in order to convert Caleb Martin’s two-way contract. The Heat may have to look for a similar escape hatch to keep Orlando Robinson.