The conversation around Tyler Herro has swung wildly since he was drafted by the Miami Heat in 2019. When he broke out in the bubble as the Heat made a run to the NBA Finals in the COVID-19-shortened 2019-20 season, it looked like Pat Riley and Erik Spoelstra may have had a future superstar on their hands. After a disappointing second season, many wondered if that hype was premature.
But in his third season, Herro has settled nicely into a role coming off the bench with offseason addition Kyle Lowry and sharpshooter Duncan Robinson starting in the backcourt. In the 23 games in which Herro has been a reserve this season, he's averaging 20.2 points and shooting 42.5 percent from three-point range.
Miami’s two established All-Stars, Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler, have missed significant time with injuries, but the Heat have managed to remain in the top four of a tough Eastern Conference playoff race. And as they've navigated the same COVID obstacles as everybody else, Herro's development has been key in their staying afloat.
Bleacher Report caught up with Herro on Wednesday morning at the Heat's shootaround, hours before their 115-109 win over the Trail Blazers, to discuss his season and how the Heat have weathered the challenging circumstances of this season.
B/R: Have you felt refreshed this season after having basically no time off between the Finals in the bubble and the start of last season?
Herro: Yeah, for sure. It was a quick turnaround from after the bubble to season two, and we didn't really have much of an offseason. We didn't have time to relax and decompress and recalibrate as a team. Now, I feel like we have a couple of new guys, we added some veterans and a couple new young guys. Now we're fresh and ready for the season.