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Can Herro become more of a triple-double threat instead of a bucket for the Heat?

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Cast as a de facto point guard against the Phoenix Suns, Herro acquitted himself admirably.

Phoenix Suns v Miami Heat Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images

The Miami Heat may have discovered Tyler Herro true calling in their loss against the Phoenix Suns. His 25 point, 10 assist, 8 rebound game came close to a triple-double for the Miami rookie.

Herro compares himself to Devin Booker, yet their slash lines (FG%/3P%/FT%) at University of Kentucky differ when it comes to 3-point shooting: Booker .470/.411/.828, Herro .462/.355/.935. While Booker shot 41.1% from the college 3-point line, Herro made only 35.5% from beyond the arc while at Kentucky.

One noticeable difference between them was on the defensive rebounding end, where Herro averaged 4.1 per game compared to Booker’s 1.6. There’s some carryover to the professional level, with Hero having a DRB% of 15.1 this season, and Booker a career number of 10.4. Given full-time status an average of 20 points, 10 assists, 10 rebounds per game doesn’t seem that far-fetched for Herro.

Placed alongside Jimmy Butler, Herro would give the Heat a formidable backcourt pair of guards measuring 6’5” and over, who can also quarterback a team, handle the basketball and get rebounds. At 20 years of age Herro has a lot to learn about running a championship offense, but triple-double games could become normal for him.

Mixed in with Bam Adebayo and Duncan Robinson, the future looks very promising for Herro and the Heat. This season was only the first one as full-time starters for Adebayo and Robinson, while Herro was in college last year. Imagine if they make another leap in their level of play going forward?