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Tyler Herro believes he belongs in the ‘same conversation’ with NBAs’ young superstars

Oct 7, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro (14) prior to the game against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports
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When Tyler Herro dropped 37 on the Celtics in Game 4 of the 2020 Eastern Conference Finals, expectations around his ceiling went through the roof. At just a 20-year-old, Tyler Herro made a case that he belongs with the NBA’s young superstars. Though his sophomore season was somewhat disappointing, Herro still thinks he is among the NBA’s best young players. In an interview with Miami Mic’d Up, Herro remained confident of his place in the league. 

“I feel like I’m in the same conversation as those guys, the young guys coming up in the league who can be All-Stars, superstars one day. You know, Luka [Doncic], Trae [Young], Ja [Morant], those guys like that. I feel like my name should be in that category, too. I’ll put the work in and continue to get better every single day.” 

Tyler Herro

While Herro’s sophomore season saw slight improvements during the regular season, he could not recreate his playoff magic. After averaging 16 points and 33 minutes per game in the playoffs as a rookie, Herro only put up 9 points in 21 minutes per game as the Bucks swept the Heat in the first round. Though he struggled last season, he’ll likely be a crucial piece for the Heat this season.

Heat hope to take on the East

On a retooled Heat roster, Herro will now be a featured backcourt option. Following the departure of Goran Dragic and Kendrick Nunn, Herro will be the primary option off the bench for Miami. As it stands, the only players he’ll follow in the backcourt rotation would be Kyle Lowrey and Duncan Robinson

While he may not get a starting spot, Herro’s ability to catch fire will make him an invaluable spark off the bench. Additionally, if he’s made strides on the defensive side of the ball, he may compete for starting minutes as well. This season, Herro will have the opportunity to prove that last year was an anomaly. While he has some catching up to get to Doncic or Morant levels, Herro’s talent can get him there if he harnesses his abilities. Tyler Herro will prove he belongs among other superstars his age if he can showcase his skills consistently.

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