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Tyler Herro showing tremendous growth in one particular category this season

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Tyler Herro is mostly known for his scoring ability with the Miami Heat, but it is his contributions on the other end of the court that have caught the attention of Erik Spoelstra. While Herro is supplying Miami with consistent scoring, he’s also surprisingly contributing in the rebounding department to begin the season.

“He’s made significant jumps in his defense, when we had him guard Brandon Ingram one game, had him guard Jayson Tatum another game,” Spoelstra said, via Sports Illustrated’s Shandel Richardson. “It shows you how far he’s come defensively. He’s had 15 rebounds in a game. He’s making much better reads on different coverages, where it’s not always just the shot, but it’s making plays for others. I think his game is growing.”

After notching 13.5 points and 4.1 rebounds per game as a rookie last season, Herro is accounting for 17.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game in the first 10 games of this season. Herro’s 6.7 rebounds per game are second on the Heat behind Bam Adebayo, who has missed a few games due to COVID-19.

In Miami’s past seven games, Herro has eclipsed seven rebounds six times, including a 15-rebound performance against the Milwaukee Bucks on December 30. Grabbing rebounds was something that Herro flashed potential in during the playoffs last season when he compiled 5.1 rebounds per game for the Heat.

The Kentucky product has proven to be a fearless player on the offensive end and continues to improve his shooting. However, it’s his defensive improvements — especially rebounding — that is helping him become a dangerous player for the Heat.