Heat rising star Tyler Herro called a ‘computer’ by Erik Spoelstra
Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro made significant strides during his rookie season, thanks in part to his elite ability to process information. In fact, Herro’s skill caused head coach Erik Spoelstra to compare the second-year guard to a “computer.”
In his sophomore campaign, Herro is adapting to his new role as starting point guard. So far, the results have been mixed.
However, his coach believes in the 20-year-old’s skills with the ball and his brain.
“He’s continuing to process things and put them into his computer, and he’s making better and better plays for us even in this young season,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said of Tyler Herro, via Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald.
Herro is averaging 15.7 points and 4.7 assists per game on 45.0/35.3/83.3 shooting splits. He has started all three games, compared to eight of 55 as a rookie. Herro averaged 13.5 points and 2.2 assists in the 2019-20 regular season and 16.0 points and 3.7 dimes in the playoffs.
The young Heat sharpshooter is also averaging 2.7 turnovers per game, which is up from last season (1.6).
Another benefit for Herro, per Spoelstra, is the presence of Butler and Bam Adebayo–both of whom can handle point guard duties at times.
“In that starting lineup, really our point guards are Jimmy and Bam,” the Heat coach shared, via SI.com. “They do the majority of the initiating and facilitating for us, with that group. And Tyler will be able to play to his strengths off those guys.”
Coming off an impressive run to the NBA Finals in the bubble, Herro and the Heat are 1-2 through three games.
Herro called out his team’s performance after a 144-97 home loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday at the AmericanAirlines Arena. With Jimmy Butler out, the Bucks set the NBA record for most 3-pointers made in a single game (29).
Miami gets another chance to slow down the Bucks at home on Wednesday.