The NBA draft is one of the most anticipated events in the sports world. But when UCLA Bruin Tyler Herro was selected by the Phoenix Suns, he had to make a statement that would go viral. And boy did he ever.
Tyler Herro’s breakthrough performance in the Orlando “bubble” led to sponsorship agreements and rap tracks with his name on them. However, his newfound celebrity has gotten the best of him. Perhaps it’s the South Beach sun.
Herro is already making a ludicrous assertion that may be considered the early frontrunner for hot take of the year as he prepares for his third season in the NBA. While confidence is admirable, the Miami Heat guard’s declaration is just nonsense.
Tyler Herro considers himself on par with Luka Doncic, Trae Young, and Ja Morant.
Tyler Herro’s performance hasn’t earned him All-Star or All-NBA honors. But he has the impression that he belongs in the same category as some of his contemporaries who have already achieved superstardom early in their careers.
On the Miami Mic’d Up podcast, the Heat guard said that he thinks he is in the same rarified air as Luka Doncic, Trae Young, and Ja Morant.
“I feel like I’m in the same discussion as those young players coming up in the NBA who have the potential to be All-Stars or superstars one day: Luka, Trae, Ja, and guys like that.” “I believe my name should be included in that category as well.”
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What’s going on here?
Herro isn’t a slouch when it comes to skill. He’s a talented combo guard who can create his shot off the dribble and set up his teammates for easy baskets, not to mention a difficult matchup when he’s shooting well from beyond the arc.
Herro’s inclusion in such great company, however, is ridiculous considering the jumps Luka Doncic, Trae Young, and Ja Morant have made in comparison to his small stride forward, if that.
Herro hardly moved an inch ahead while other new stars continued their meteoric rise.
Tyler Herro plays against the Atlanta Hawks in a preseason game at FTX Arena in Miami, Florida on October 4, 2021. | Getty Images/Mark Brown
Herro’s ambitions are great, but he can only strive toward becoming regarded as one of the top players in the NBA. Trae Young and Luka Doncic have already arrived.
Doncic is coming off back-to-back All-NBA First Team selections and is a favorite to win the MVP award this season. Ice Trae was the renowned superstar that led the Atlanta Hawks to the Eastern Conference Finals last season, making the All-Star team in his second season.
What was Herro’s reaction to his bubble bursting? In a very disappointing manner.
In his second season, the former Kentucky standout improved his statistics across the board, averaging 15.1 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 3.4 assists. However, his win shares (1.6 to 1.7) and value above replacement player (0.1 to 0.2) increased just little, while his actual shooting % dropped somewhat.
Herro was also abysmal in the Milwaukee Bucks’ sweeping of him in the first round. He only scored 9.3 points a game while shooting a dismal 31.6 percent from the field.
The Heat obviously believe in Herro, which is why they refused to move him at the trade deadline last season. But, after all of the rumors and now this big declaration, the kid must either put up or shut up.
Herro’s season in Miami may be make-or-break.
Tyler Herro’s option for the 2022-23 season was picked up by the Heat, putting them in a position to extend him next summer. Use him as trade bait if he fails to make substantial gains.
While the Dolphins have yet to make a decision on Herro, his name has certainly been mentioned in the rumor mill. Pat Riley may be more willing to move Herro if he believes the Heat can compete for a championship. Kyle Lowry’s arrival suggests the team’s ambition to reclaim its position as Eastern Conference champs.
Herro is showing promise in the preseason, which is excellent news for Heat fans. After bulking up during the summer, he’s averaging 20.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 3.0 assists through four preseason games.
Perhaps Herro is relishing the strain he’ll be under in his third season. On the other hand, with one of the most outrageous comments of the 2021-22 campaign so far, he’s already putting a lot of pressure on himself.
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