After a long hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2019-20 NBA season resumed their festivities at the NBA bubble in Orlando, Florida. No one knew what to expect from the players and teams. One of the unexpected results was the fifth seed Miami Heat and Tyler Herro reaching the NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers.
There were many bubble revelations for the Heat like the relentlessness of Jimmy Butler, but the famous ascension of their 13th overall pick and wonderboy was very shocking.
Tyler Herro captivated his impressive run by scoring 37 points in the Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics. He converted shots from all over the floor such as pull-up jumpers, shots from a dribble handoff, and floaters right on the grill of his defenders. When Herro goes on a shooting streak for the Heat, he can convert any shot successively even if the opponents are pressuring him all over the floor.
Despite his inconsistent play in the regular season, Herro elevated his performance at the playoff stage. With his excellent play on his rookie campaign, expectations heightened for the sweet-shooting guard from Kentucky. As defenses started draping all over him the following year, he failed to adjust and reach the high expectations of fans and media personnel.
Herro did not have a terrible season all in all as the scrutiny and criticism were amplified for him because of his previous performances. The Milwaukee Bucks got their revenge against the Heat in the first round of the playoffs. Tyler Herro was non-existent in this series. Trade rumblings began again for Herro because individuals were saying that his value drastically dropped already with subpar play.
As Herro enters his third season, he was already a forced to be reckoned with in preseason play. He averaged over 22 PPG with shooting splits of 51/45/90. Anyone could argue that it is just the preseason, thus defenses are giving players the ability to attack on the offensive side of the court. With the injury of Victor Oladipo, Tyler Herro has a chance to prove himself once again and claim an award, such as the Sixth Man of the Year.
Even with the continuous doubt, Tyler Herro began the regular season by recording 27 points, six rebounds, and five assists against the aforementioned Bucks. He followed it up by tallying 30 points and 10 rebounds versus the Indiana Pacers as his minutes increased because starting point guard Kyle Lowry sat out this contest. His body has vastly improved as well with his stocky body that he worked on in the offseason.
As Butler is the epitome of Heat culture, he has had Tyler Herro under his wing since his rookie campaign. The fitness and conditioning tests of Miami benefit him immensely even at a young age. Herro is off to a hot start, but his ability to sustain these brilliant performances all throughout the regular season and playoffs will be instrumental for Miami. He could also enhance on his production with the other peripheral stats, like being the second playmaker of the Heat or a reliable defender on the best guards and wings of the East.
The fan base of Tyler Herro continues to grow, but if he wins the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award, this will put him at an upper echelon in the hierarchy of the youthful scorers in the league.
As he hopes to evolve his repertoire, there is a ton of upside for Tyler Herro, and the Heat expects him to be one of the key cogs of their franchise for the next decade.