The Miami Heat have something special in Tyler Herro. And they knew long before we did. And once Tyler Herro landed in the NBA bubble, he’s been a different type of player.
In his seven games in Orlando, he’s averaging 17.4 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.9 assists while shooting 53% from the field and 37.8% on threes. That’s a whole lot better than the rest of his rookie season.
Specifically his last 4 games look like this: 30 points, 17 points, 25 points, 20 points all shooting 50% or better. Herro has taken the opportunities in front of him and has excelled in all areas. Against Phoenix, he got the start in place of Kendrick Nunn and he dropped 25 with 10 assists and 8 rebounds.
Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald said in his conversations with people inside the NBA, there is a strong belief that Herro would have a much better re-draft position, even as high as #3 behind Ja Morant and Zion Williamson. Most believe a top 5 pick.
That’s great value at #13 for the Miami Heat. But Herro has shown vast improvement in his decision making and his ability to finish at the rim. It has become clear that he worked tirelessly on ball handling and finished with both hands at the rim. Herro now has a purpose on his drives and dribbles.
He’s always been a shooter, been that way since the Heat got him. But he is quickly becoming much more than that. And he could be the next Heat player to become a star. After the game against the Thunder, where Herro scored a career-high 30 points, Heat All-Star Jimmy Butler had this to say:
“He’s always watching film before and after the game. The kid just wants to be great. He wants to bring a championship to Miami and I think we’re going to do that.”
That’s pretty high praise coming from the current face of the franchise. Herro and Butler instantly clicked because of the work ethic and the desire to get better. From off season training to learning and having trust together throughout the season, Butler has taken him under his wing.
He’s young. It may take some time for Herro to find out exactly what type of player and star he could become. But this stretch and his ability to get so much better so quickly is a great thing for the Miami Heat.
And it comes off the heels of trading away a player they hoped would also be that in Justise Winslow. With Winslow’s injuries and lack of creativity offensively, he just never blossomed into a star-caliber player like Herro has shown the promise to be. Bam Adebayo is in a year or two progressed ahead of Herro in the Heat’s young players rising to be stars program and it is looking good for him.
The immediate future looks good for both Tyler Herro and the Miami Heat.