The NBA season is fully underway, and like always, young players have broken out of their hatch early and are making early bids at the Most Improved Player award. Many players have gotten a larger opportunity, and many are simply just getting off to a hot start. The one player who most should be confident in sustaining their play is Miami Heat combo guard, Tyler Herro.
Thus far, through a small two game sample size, Herro has averaged an impressive 28 points per contest, while also pulling down eight rebounds per game. He’s shooting a career high from the field at 47.5%, while also knocking down his three’s at a respectable 35% clip.
It’s nearly impossible for Herro to fully sustain this level of play, especially considering he’s coming off the bench. However, Herro’s improvement has arguably been the most impressive out of every player, as his skill-set looks more naturally poised than ever before. Instead of chucking up inefficient shots in an attempt to create and score, Herro has let the game come more towards him. He’s slowed the game down more, which in turn, has allowed him to be among the most improved players in the league. Herro has always had the skill to be great, but after gaining two years of NBA experience, he’s simply become a smarter, more composed basketball player.
The Miami Heat had one of the best offseasons in the league, racking up veteran talents like Kyle Lowry and PJ Tucker, who have had immediate impacts on the team. Despite these additions, some of their depth was sacrificed, and Miami is down to seven serviceable rotation players. Gabe Vincent and Max Strus could certainly up that number, but for now, Miami has seven proven contributors, which is not enough to make a far playoff run.
Despite the lack of depth, Tyler Herro is putting together a big Most Improved Player run while coming off the bench could help cancel that out for the Heat. They have tough, hard-nosed veterans who are proven playoff performers, while also having some young legs in Bam Adebayo and Duncan Robinson. Adding a much improved Herro to that group makes a lasting difference.
Not only that, but the main thing Miami lacked outside of depth was a natural scoring threat. Jimmy Butler and Kyle Lowry are great scorers, but neither are good enough to carry the offensive load on a contender, and Bam Adebayo is also good offensively, but his lack of versatility on that end raises a question mark. Herro being able to develop into one of the league’s better scorers is filling another void Miami had, and due to his poised skill-set, he’ll be able to take pressure off of the other offensive options to maximize the offense.
The Heat are a part of an Eastern Conference that’s more stacked than it’s been in years. The Milwaukee Bucks are coming off of an NBA championship and arguably are better, the Brooklyn Nets are one of the most talented teams ever, and teams like the Hawks, Celtics, 76ers, Knicks, Bulls, and Paces are all competitive teams that can win a round. Miami has sort of cemented themselves in the middle of that group, as they’re not as good as the upper echelon teams, but they’re better than the dark horse teams. If Tyler Herro’s improvement continues, Miami has a bid to be a top tier team out East.