Adebayo makes Africa proud
Nigerian-American center and first-time All-Star Bam Adebayo of the Miami Heat made the African continent proud and proved that he is a man of many talents after winning the Skills Challenge at this year’s All-Star Weekend Saturday night.
Although his three-point shooting hasn't exactly been on display in the regular season, the fourth-year big man has shot just 1-for-11 from three-point range in the regular season, but he was three-for-six from beyond the arc to win the challenge.
After shooting 2-for-3 on his 3-point shots through the first two rounds, Adebayo knocked down his third attempt to beat Indiana Pacers All-Star Domantas Sabonis in the final round.
Adebayo was asked afterward if he'll be shooting more threes with the Heat now.
"I had to end this with threes, so I can take top-of-the-key threes maybe?" he said. "I mean, I just won, you know what I'm saying, this thing right here, so I hope [Heat coach Erik Spoelstra] sees this. He might put it in consideration."
Adebayo eliminated fellow African, Cameroonian forward at the Toronto Raptors and also first time All-Star Pascal Siakam in the semifinals in a tight matchup, draining his second three-point attempt. Sabonis knocked out the Milwaukee Bucks' Khris Middleton even after missing his first three shots from beyond the arc.
In the first round, Adebayo eliminated 2018 champion Spencer Dinwiddie by draining his first pull-up three after gaining an early lead. Siakam knocked out the Clippers Patrick Beverley by knocking down his first three. Middleton gained a big lead over Shai Gilgeous-Alexander when the Thunder guard failed to complete a successful chest pass, and Sabonis won a shooting contest with defending champion Jayson Tatum.
• Bam Adebayo, Miami Heat
• Patrick Beverley, LA Clippers
• Spencer Dinwiddie, Brooklyn Nets
• Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Oklahoma City Thunder