Miami Heat: Tyler Herro should have been third pick and we all know it now

Tyler Herro #14 of the Miami Heat in action against the Los Angeles Lakers (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Tyler Herro #14 of the Miami Heat in action against the Los Angeles Lakers (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /
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Tyler Herro #14 of the Miami Heat celebrates with Kendrick Nunn #25 (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

Making The Case

The system they use over at Hashtag basketball takes into account all the statistical numbers of each player in question, assigning a certain “point value” to all statistics. These raw and uniform point values allow you to then combine them for each player and compare their “final scores” as a raw number, due to the uniformity and standardization of scores based on those statistical performances being assigned even and uniform numeric values.

To start with the simplest first, there have only been three rookies to even comparable to Tyler Herro. This takes into account performances, what they do in the biggest moments, and how they impact winning overall from a team perspective.

Flat out, there have only been three rookies to have a greater impact there than Herro and one of them plays on his own team. Kendrick Nunn could make a case here too, but since he wasn’t drafted in that class and is technically only a rookie for classification and contractual purposes, we will rule him ineligible here.

Ja Morant has played the entire season for Memphis and has had a greater impact on his team’s winning than Herro. He has been their best player at times, while he is also the point guard, the guy responsible for leading the team and having the ball at all times.

Zion Williamson has only played a hand full of games thus far, but his impact and performances have been gargantuan. These are the only two rookies who have flat out been better than Tyler Herro, but also definitely the only two who have propelled their team to more meaningful wins than Herro.

When looking at the Hashtag Basketballs rankings, Herro ranks eight in total scores among rookies, the total overall average value assigned that’s used to rank the rookies. When looking at the names ahead of him you have Ja Morant, Zion Williamson, Brandon Clarke, Kendrick Nunn, PJ Washington, Rui Hachimura, and Eric Paschall.