Miami Heat: Kentucky Flame Thrower Tyler Herro taken at 13

Tyler Herro NBA Commissioner Adam Silver (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
Tyler Herro NBA Commissioner Adam Silver (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images) /

The Miami Heat came into the  NBA Draft needing scorers and perimeter shooting. Tyler Herro certainly fits the bill as a sharpshooter.

When it came to three-point shooting last season, the Miami Heat were mediocre. This is indicative by their middle to bottom of the league ranking in most 3-point shooting categories from last season.

They were definitely aware of this issue, as they added one of the best shooters in the entire draft and in college basketball this past season via the Draft. The Miami Heat selected former Kentucky Wildcat, Tyler Herro, with the 13th overall pick in this year’s draft.

Herro averaged 14 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists during his one season with Kentucky. He was the number 30 player in the ESPN 100 high school rankings and the number one player in the state of Wisconsin.

Herro is a gifted shooter, although his 35.5 three-point percentage in college wasn’t among the elite. He shot almost 94 percent from the free throw line and at 6’6″ with a decent handle, he should be able to get to the free throw line to take advantage of that ability. Here is what ESPN’s Jonathan Givony had to say about the Miami Heat’s pick.

"Miami’s backcourt is highly unsettled from a long-term perspective, which makes drafting a combo guard such as Tyler Herro an attractive proposition. His ability to play off the likes of Josh Richardson and Justise Winslow with his deadly jump shot should allow Herro to get on the court early in his career. As he continues to mature, Herro should be able to develop into more of a ball handler and playmaker, as he has significant potential operating in the pick-and-roll, shooting off the dribble and creating for others."

This speaks to Herro’s still developing abilities, but he should be able to step in immediately for his shooting ability alone. The Miami Heat had needs and still do, but they definitely did justice to filling one of their more pressing needs with this pick.

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Herro was not a guy that many had on their radars for the Heat, but he should be a very welcomed addition. Welcome Tyler Herro to South Beach, can’t wait to see what he gives the Heat on the court.