Heat’s Pat Riley gushes on about Tyler Herro’s meteoric rise
Miami Heat President Pat Riley believes that the future is bright for his squad knowing that they have Tyler Herro on their roster. The young rookie chose to forego his final three years in Kentucky and was drafted by Miami as their 13th overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. Though a lot of people questioned Herro’s decision to join the NBA at an early age, he proved all these doubters wrong with one heck of a rookie stint for the Easter Conference champions.
“His improvement, I think, will even go to another level as he gets older,” Riley said (via Miami Herald). “He just turned 20, my gosh. He had a great year.”
The former Wildcat only started eight games in his first year in Miami but was a major factor for head coach Erik Spoelstra every time he entered the floor. Per Riley, the young Wisconsin native was a sponge and quickly grew under the tutelage of team veterans like Udonis Haslem, Jimmy Butler and Goran Dragic.
Herro had a stellar regular season and ended up on the NBA All-Rookie Second Team but found ways to bring his game even further when the postseason came along. In his first ever playoff stint, Herro averaged 16 points per game shooting at a 43 percent clip. He even exploded for a career-high of 37 points in Game 4 of their match-up against the Boston Celtics.
“He got better not just as a shooter, but as a shotmaker. He got better in handling the ball.” Riley added. “He’s a very, very efficient offensive player. He got better as a playmaker. His vision — he started to see other plays because he could take it to the rack. He’s a great kid. He works hard and we have somebody very special in him.”
In his first year in the league, Herro seemed to show no jitters and was able to thrive amid the bright lights of basketball’s biggest stage. With an entire career still ahead of him, the future does look bright for Miami’s caped crusader.