Miami Heat rookie guard Tyler Herro has a bright future in the NBA. Never one to shy away from big moments, Herro is already showing the ability to step up in the clutch and deliver for the Heat.
Whether it’s a game-saving three against the Philadelphia 76ers or carrying his team in the final seconds of Game 4 against the Milwaukee Bucks, Herro has shown the makings of a future NBA star.
Tyler Herro’s stats offer glimpse into future
During the regular season, Herro averaged 13.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.5 assists while shooting 43% from the field. While he rarely cracked Miami’s starting five, the rookie has been thrust into a featured role during the NBA Playoffs and is averaging 32.3 minutes per game. It’s a significant bump in playing time from the 27.4 minutes he averaged during the regular season.
There’s more to it than just the eye test for Herro. The statistics back up his touted rookie season. Specifically, during these 2020 NBA Playoffs. Through the first nine games of the NBA Playoffs, head coach Erik Spoelstra is allowing the offense to run through Herro in the fourth quarter. Considering he is a rookie, that is a major point when it comes to his development as a player.
Here are the two main reasons why Herro has gained trust from his teammates and head coach Erik Spoelstra.
Unwavering confidence during clutch time
Through nine playoff games, the former Kentucky Wildcat star has four clutch three-pointers, which is the most of any rookie in the last century. The last rookie to sink four clutch threes during any postseason was Houston Rockets guard Matt Maloney in 1997.
Outside of previous rookie success, Herro is having a great postseason during clutch time among all players. He is tied for sixth place for three-pointers made per game, behind the likes of Luka Doncic, Jamal Murray and Damian Lillard. When it comes to total three-pointers made, he is ranked second behind Murray with four per outing.
Youngest guy on the court and hitting some of the biggest shots.
Even in a loss, Tyler Herro showed up in crunch time pic.twitter.com/UqdwxhTgD6
— ESPN (@espn) September 6, 2020
The NBA’s hiatus due to COVID-19 allowed players to practice and train as if it were the offseason. It is clear Herro has been working on his game and began to process the game slower. At only 20 years old, he is showing what he is capable of doing when it comes down to the final seconds of a game. This is a bright spot for Herro’s future and he will only get better from here.
Playmaking has been a drastic improvement
Along with his prolific shooting, Herro’s play-making abilities are one of the main reasons for his uptick in minutes during the NBA Playoffs. During the regular season, it was a work in progress for the rookie as he was getting his feet wet in the NBA. There can be an argument made that …read more