Tyler Herro hasn’t yet experienced a full NBA offseason. Since being drafted in 2019 the Heat guard’s only offseason has really been the 2 months after Miami’s Finals Run. Now in an effort to improve his game, Herro is taking full advantage this summer telling Anthony Chiang of The Miami Herald:
“I think this summer is a huge summer for me. I’m excited.” “It’s my first real offseason where I’m able to focus on different things that I want to work on.”
Herro has been playing in Las Vegas under Coach Erik Spoelstra with the USA Men’s National Select Team. While not the official team with Bam Adebayo, the Select team offers a lot of talent and opportunities to learn. Since playing for the select team, it’s been reported that Herro did not get promoted with Keldon Johnson, Darius Garland and Saddiq Bey, but still reports are coming out that he’s performed well.
Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press has this to say about Herro, which should excite many Heat fans:
For the Heat fans at home ...— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) July 9, 2021
Tyler Herro had a very strong run here in Vegas with the Select Team, two people with knowledge of how practices went tell AP. “He belonged,” one of them said.
It obviously helps when your coach is running things too, as he knows exactly what Herro should be focusing on. It’s a unique experience not many players get. Coach Spo had this to say about the Olympic experience being good for Herro too, saying:
Erik Spoelstra on having Tyler Herro on the US Select Team: it’s a great confidence boost. It’s a great competitive experience. pic.twitter.com/EbIXQCxk5k— Brendan Tobin (@Brendan_Tobin) July 7, 2021
Many Heat fans have turned on Herro, and one big expectation - truthful or not, is that he’ll be traded in the offseason. Still, if Herro does remain on the Heat roster there’s no doubt that this experience and a full offseason will have him improved and ready to go next season. Herro is still just 21 years old, and has shown an admirable work ethic in the past. Hopefully he continues to progress into next season and beyond.