This is a new part that we are adding to the site. I think it’s important to players and coaches to watch how a player gets their shot shots and make their plays. When developing a player’s game it is important to try to emulate certain players. It is so important to understand how a player makes impact in the game and what is actually used to make this impact. Bam Adebayo is such a problem to opponents because of his activity level and his ability to roll hard to the rim and always around the paint area when someone drives. The activity level on rolls and cuts are his most effective weapons as well as his skill on the block to face up and score as well as back down his defender..
Bam scored mostly on roll to the rim. Watch how on his rolls he gets behind his man. A lot of times in the NBA the defender guarding the screener has to make a play on the ball handler, while trying not to have the screener roll behind them. As a big on offense after setting the screen and rolling it is so important to slip behind your defender to open up lob opportunities. On the Block you can see what he likes to do. As the defender crowds him he uses his jab to either see if the defender will stand still which will open up the drive. In this case the defender reacted and moved back opening up the jump shot. When off the ball, whenever a ball handler like a Jimmy Butler or anyone else can draw multiple defenders he always cuts into their vision for passes around the rim. The short roll is another weapon that he uses for the jumpers inside of 12 feet. Nothing crazy on offense, just activity on rolls, easy post ups, cuts off the ball, and offensive rebounds.
Bam can handle the ball in transition very effectively. It’s not for show as he can really break defenders down and get into the paint. It’s something that he’s gotten better at year in and year out. In transition he spots his shooters for hand offs for them to open up their offense. He operates a lot from the elbow and Miami screens very well off the ball opening up other players for cuts for easy passing plays. Again, whenever someone can draw multiple defenders or multiple sets of eyes on them there is always someone open or cuts to be made.
Post players have to be active when rebounding. Notice that he always tries to make a play on the ball defensively, but then turns for a box out and then gets after the ball. Rebounders are born, they have this certain 6th sense about where the ball will be. I don’t care how athletic, or long that you are. You are wired to get rebounds or not. Good rebounders can get a rebound every 4 minutes or less. On the offensive glass, he always tries to box out the the defensive player or make contact in some way to get an edge for a rebound. There are offensive put backs to be had and they add up.
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