Heat's Bam Adebayo Tweets 'Haha' After Defensive Player of the Year Finalist Snub

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVMay 21, 2021

MIAMI, FL - APRIL 19: Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers and Bam Adebayo #13 of the Miami Heat battle for a rebound during the second quarter of the game at American Airlines Arena on April 19, 2018 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)
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It would appear Bam Adebayo isn't thrilled he wasn't a finalist for Defensive Player of the Year. 

The Miami Heat center fired off the following tweet shortly after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons and Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green were named as the DPOY finalists:

13am Adebayo💥 @Bam1of1


In defense of the award voters, Gobert, Simmons and Green all make excellent cases. Gobert remains arguably the league's most impactful defensive center. Simmons is Philly's go-to stopper, the extraordinarily rare player capable of locking down any position, 1-5. And Green is the fulcrum of Golden State's defense and one of the league's smartest players on that end of the court. 

Adebayo remains an excellent defensive player, but given the finalists chosen, it's hard to label his exclusion a snub.