Former NBA Champion Questions Miami Heat for Not Moving Tyler Herro in Trade for James Harden

Published 12/12/2020, 11:30 PM EST
Sep 23, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro (14) celebrates after among a layup against the Boston Celtics during the second half of game four of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


The Miami Heat seems to have a knack for finding the perfect young talent. Either through the draft, trades or even if they have to dig deep into the NBA’s G-League to find him. And after witnessing Tyler Herro in his rookie season with them, there is no doubt that they hit the jackpot once again.

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The Miami Heat’s incredible run in the playoffs wasn’t a surprise to anyone. They had Jimmy Butler, period. What other explanation does anybody need to make?

However, there was one player who extinguished all doubts about his caliber last season. And that was rookie Tyler Herro. His stellar performance in the bubble helped propel his team to the NBA Finals.

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By the end, averaging 13.5 points per game, he was named in the All-Rookie Second Team. No other rookie was at par with Herro’s production in the postseason. And how can one forget his masterpiece of a performance in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics?

He created history by finishing that game with 37 points. Out of these, 17 of his buckets came during the crucial fourth quarter of the match. It was his contribution that made a difference. So, the question is, can Herro be considered one of the best players in the league already?

Sep 17, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro (14) shoots over Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker (8) during the first quarter in game two of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tyler Herro still has a lot to prove?

Herro has nailed his first impression more than anybody else. His quick dribbling and sharpshooting have set very high expectations for many. But that’s not the case for Kendrick Perkins.

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A tweet about Miami Heat being interested in James Harden was posted earlier. It also included the fact that Herro would be “untouchable” for a possible trade. So Perkins stated his opinion by replying, The Heat really think Tyler Herro is a top 20 player in the NBA. Carry on….”

What else does a player need to do to prove himself? It’s significant to remember that a player’s development in the NBA is always a rocky path.

Nobody can predict which player’s game will fall or rise. The same holds true for Herro. He needs to show consistency to be able to remove all assumptions around him.

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Was his first season with Heat a fluke? Or are we going to see another incredible young player pave his way to becoming the face of a franchise?

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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