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Tyler Herro’s 29 points are most by a Heat rookie since Dwyane Wade

Tyler Herro, Heat

Twelve teams have passed on Tyler Herro in this year’s draft, and some may already be rethinking their choices after his impressive start for the Miami Heat in the 2019-20 NBA regular season.

The 19-year-old sharpshooter recorded 29 points on an efficient 7-for-9 shooting clip against the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday. According to ESPN, it is the most points scored by a Heat rookie since Dwyane Wade in 2003.

Herro shot 78 percent from the field, 75 percent from beyond the arc and 75 percent from the foul line.

Herro did get posterized by fellow rookie Cam Reddish in the same game, but the sharpshooter definitely got the last laugh after bagging the W and setting a personal record in the process.

The University of Kentucky product had a strong preseason for the Heat, averaging 14.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and two assists in five games. Apart from his limitless range, many were impressed by Herro’s seamless transition to coach Erik Spoelstra’s offense.

He did struggle from the 3-point line in his first three games of the regular season, making only 26.7 percent of his attempts on 12 points per game. However, those numbers will surely bump up after his masterful performance.

The Heat are now tied with the Toronto Raptors for second place in the East with a 3-1 record.

Apart from Herro, Miami is also getting steady production from unheralded rookie Kendrick Nunn, who also broke a few franchise records as well to begin the year.

Even with top pick Zion Williamson still out to injury, the rookies of this year’s draft class are looking good so far, as RJ Barett also recently set a record for the New York Knicks.