Through 32 games, Adebayo’s numbers don’t jump off …

Through 32 games, Adebayo’s numbers don’t jump off the page (7.0 points, 5.0 rebounds. 1.2 assists 0.7 blocks in 19.9 minutes per game). He’s actually last on the team in plus/minus (-85). But it’s still on par in terms of the production the Heat got out of Willie Reed last season (5.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.7 blocks). And lately Adebayo’s offensive game has started to expand as he’s started to gain the confidence to shoot more jump shots (he’s 16 of 40 on on jumpers this season). “I’m getting more comfortable – I feel like I’m playing free,” Adebayo said. “I’m not looking back. In the beginning of the season I was nervous. I didn’t know whether to shoot it or not. Now my teammates want me to do that. Just knowing that in the back of my mind – my teammates want me to do this, they want me to make plays – I can’t ask for anything more.”
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