No Damian Lillard, No Problem for Heat Fans as They Praise Tyler Herro’s Recent Rise: “Summer Trade Talk Just Fueled Him”

Published 11/04/2023, 9:49 AM EDT

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Miami Heat fans were disappointed when the team failed to acquire Damian Lillard in the offseason, but they’re quickly forgetting about him now. Tyler Herro was the trade bait, and he was still determining his contract with Miami throughout the summer. Herro has come back stronger than ever, proving that the absence of Dame from the Heat is not a setback. His recent performances have earned him the admiration of Heat fans. 

Herro, who is entering his fourth season in the NBA, is playing at an all-star level this season. He’s averaging 26 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game while shooting 44% from the field and 43% from the three-point range.

Tyler Herro broke the Heat’s losing streak 


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The heat is on a bumpy start this season. They have started with a 1-4 record, which isn’t exactly what they were hoping. Breaking the losing trend, Herro scored a near triple-double in the first In-Season Tournament game against the Washington Wizards. He scored 24 points, collected 11 rebounds, and had nine assists. Herro remains focused and unaffected despite massive trade rumors circulating. 

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Tyler has been in a bright spot as Jimmy Butler is struggling, averaging only 16.5 points per game. Despite the slow start, Miami can never be counted out and Herro remains committed to improving at both ends. 


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Fans give an upper edge to Herro than Dame 


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Heat fans on Reddit have been vocal about their belief in Herro’s potential. One fan commented, “Herro ball > dame time 👀”. Another added what’s motivating him, “I think all the summer trade talk just fueled him like Rocky”. 

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One fan sparked a debate with stats. He pointed out, “Just for funzies, Dames age 23 season: 2013-14: 36 min, 21ppg 42/39/87%, 3.5reb, 5.6/2.4 A/TO. Tyler Herro’s age 23 season: 39 min, 26ppg, 44/43/88%, 4.8reb, 4.2/2.2 A/TO”.


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One fan responded to it, “You realize that was Dame’s sophomore season right lol”. He retorted by pointing out that Tyler has accomplished more at a relatively young age, “You realize their ages were the same? Tyler gets punished because he was able to enter the NBA at an earlier age!”

The Heat’s upcoming game is against the Lakers on Monday at home. Herro’s continued improvement will be crucial for the team’s success. The win against the Wizards was a positive start for the Heat.


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Chetan Kumar


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Chetan is an NBA content writer at Essentially Sports. Being an active basketball player since his school days, he has always been a dedicated follower of the NBA. His passion for the game has drove him to pursue a career in sports journalism.
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