In the 2019 NBA Draft, the Miami Heat selected shooting guard Tyler Herro from the University of Kentucky. The 13th overall selection left the Wildcats after his freshman year. There were questions regarding whether or not the Milwaukee native could take his scoring touch to the NBA and if he could defend the perimeter at the highest level. With over 30 games played so far, many believe Miami got the steal of the draft when they got Herro at 13. It’s safe to say at this point in the NBA season everyone around the world knows; Tyler Herro is a bucket.
The 19-year-old has shown in his rookie year that he isn’t scared of anything. He is one of the few young players I have seen in the league that isn’t scared of taking clutch shots. In a game against the Sixers, with the heat down by 2 with six seconds left, Herro pulled up for three on a fast break and wet the shot. A few weeks earlier in a game against Chicago, he took over the fourth quarter. Keeping the Heat in the game by scoring 16 of Miami’s last 18 points, for a total of 27. Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz said after a game against Miami “He kicked my ass” when talking about his matchup against Herro.
Herro doesn’t start for the Heat however he still averages just under 30 minutes a game. Head-coach Erik Spoelstra has been one of the best coaches in the NBA for the last decade. Spo doesn’t play favourites. He will put out whoever he thinks is best fitted for helping the team win at that specific moment. It shows how much trust he has in the rook when he gives him so many minutes in crunch time. There has also been times where the game is close and a Herro would be on the bench. Just because Herro dropped 30 one night doesn’t mean he will be on the court with a minute left the next. I believe this coaching style helps young players, and it has always been a big part of the Heat culture.
I love watching not only Herro play but the whole Heat team. This has been the most exciting Miami team to watch since the big 3. The culture the Heat have built is like a family and you can see the chemistry these players have on the court. Tyler Herro is fun to watch because he will pull up from three without hesitation, cross his defender, drive the paint, kick it out to his teammates, and put the clamps on defence. Dwyane Wade will always be the king of Miami. The AAA (American Airlines Arena) is his home. Miami is Wade County. No question. Sadly Wade retired from the game at the end of last season and Heat fans need a new elite shooting guard to get excited about. No, I am not comparing Herro to the greatest player in Miami Heat history but, I am saying Heat fans should be excited to see how the kid grows. You can see the swagger Tyler brings to the court. He has all the confidence in the world and he should. He is a walking bucket. With the Heat being one of the best teams in the league this season, it’s almost certain they will make the playoffs. It will be fun to see how Herro will perform in the postseason.
He is a fan favourite among Miami fans. You will find plenty of number 14 jerseys in the AAA if you go to a Heat game. The 305 loves their six-foot-five guard from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. If you ask the fans how they would describe Tyler Herro, there’s a good chance they’ll say “he’s a bucket”.
For all of you who read this article and was confused about what a bucket is I’ll explain. A bucket is a basketball player who is not scared of taking big shots, cannot be guarded and straight up can ball. Tyler Herro is a BUCKET!