The Miami Heat finished the regular season with an impressive 53-29 record, earning the team the No. 1 spot in the Eastern Conference. According to Tyler Herro‘s father, such a feat would’ve never been possible without the continously strong performances from his son.

Chris Herro told ESPN‘s Israel Gutierrez in an interview published on Friday, April 22, that the Heat would’ve barely made the play-in tournament if it wasn’t for his eldest son’s offensive game.

“It’s, ‘Can he be that dude?'” Herro’s father said of the 22-year-old guard. “What are you talking about? He’s been doing it all year. If Tyler Herro doesn’t exist on the Miami Heat, the Miami Heat are a .500 club. Let’s be real, dude. I’m not being arrogant because he’s my son. I’m just being real.”

After a less-than-stellar stint as a starter last season, the Kentucky alum has made the most of his new role as the first man off the bench, becoming the clear front-runner to win the 2022 NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award. While Herro is not the best player on the team, he has become the Heat’s most consistent scorer.