It’s been a rollercoaster season for the Miami Heat and the same could be said for their sophomore guard, Tyler Herro.
Herro, a popular player among both fans and his peers, is coming off a successful rookie season. While having the fourth-highest scoring average of the 2020 NBA Draft class, Herro also had the second-highest 3-point percentage among his draft class in 2020-21.
Showing his abilities as a shooter, Herro was named to the NBA All-Rookie 2nd Team and played a vital role in the Heat’s surprising run to the 2020 NBA Finals.
After such a strong start to his career, the Kentucky product admits that he thought he would be a starter coming into the season.
“Definitely thought I would be starting,” Herro tells Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
Instead, Herro was moved to the bench after the first 14 games of the season, with fellow guard Kendrick Nunn supplanting him in the starting lineup thereafter.
Despite the move to the bench, Herro has remained positive, saying that “as the season goes on, things change and I’m OK with coming off the bench right now and just continuing to do that.”
“I think I can provide scoring off the bench,” Herro says. “Just come in with energy and try to really bring energy to the team and just try to keep going once that second unit comes in.”
As tangible evidence that Herro hasn’t let the role change hurt his production, he’s averaging career-highs of 15.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game.