Miami Heat’s Bam Adebayo Still Angry Over Repeated DPOY Snubs

Miami Heat’s Bam Adebayo Still Angry Over Repeated DPOY Snubs

Bam Abedayo is still frustrated that he has yet to win the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year Award.

He has been named to the All-Defensive team every year since 2019-2020. He finished third in DPOY voting, behind Rudy Gobert and Victor Wembanyama.

“A point guard (Marcus Smart) is talking about me, a center (Rudy Gobert) is talking about me, a power forward (Jaren Jackson Jr.) is talking about me,” Adebayo told Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo! Sports. “The goalposts are moving for me, to a certain extent. It’s me and a bunch of undrafted guys, and we still have a top-five defense.”

While Adebayo may not have won the DPOY award, he did play in the 2020 and 2023 NBA Finals and won an Olympic gold medal in 2020.

“These other guys have All-NBA dudes (around them). Part of it is they don’t really care about us and that’s fine,” Adebayo said. “I think they have to pay attention to consistency because as a top-five DPOY, I think I have the longest streak of All-Defensive teams, so the goalposts are moving for me.”

Adebayo will face Gobert and Wembanyama when the United States plays France in the Olympic Games in Paris later this month.

Miami coach Erik Spoelstra, who has often put Adebayo in contention for playoff honors, wasn’t surprised that the issue still strikes a chord.

“We’re still talking about it?” Spoelstra said. “Good.”

Scott Salomon is a contributor to Inside the Heat. He can be reached at [email protected].

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