Miami Heat: Tyler Herro A No-Brainer For NBA Sixth Man Of The Year

Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro (14) drives for a basket against the Philadelphia 76ers(Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)
Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro (14) drives for a basket against the Philadelphia 76ers(Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports) /

Since the All-Star break for the Miami Heat, their electric combo guard, Tyler Herro, has been scorching hot, putting up 25.7 points per game. Herro has been doing so coming off the bench in his third season in the NBA.

His efforts have helped Miami take a decent little lead at the top of the Eastern Conference with just 10 games remaining in the regular year. Again, coming off the bench, Tyler Herro is tied to lead the Heat in scoring with 21.1 points per game.

Not only does he score it a high clip on a nightly basis in his role as the Sixth Man, but he has also become a more polished playmaker for some of Miami’s other potent offensive players. With so many options on the floor at any given moment, it’s all the more impressive that the former Kentucky Wildcat can put up such numbers.

The 22-year-old leads all NBA reserves in scoring and holds the Miami franchise record for games off the bench in a single season with 20 points, doing so 29 times.

The Miami Heat have come to depend on Tyler Herro’s production this year. With that, he’s platformed himself as the clear favorite for NBA Sixth Man Of The Year.

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He even holds this record over the greatest player in Miami Heat franchise history, one Dwyane Wade, who was only able to accomplish the feat 15 times in a season.

Herro’s grit and determination have helped him glide into the Miami Heat culture that so many other clubs have attempted to replicate. The blood, sweat, and tears-founded virtues are the same ones that the Heat emphasize as a team and the ones that have, in turn, helped Herro to individually develop into the unanimous frontrunner for the 2022 6MOTY Award.

Since the sweeping loss to Milwaukee during the 2021 NBA Playoffs, Herro has steadily improved, bolstering his usage rate by 5.5 percent while also increasing his player impact estimate by 2.1 points.

The next closest NBA reserve to Herro in scoring is Utah guard, Jordan Clarkson, who averages 5.2 points per game less than the Miami fan favorite. If you look at the odds for the award, Tyler Herro is the overwhelming favorite.

Barring absolute chaos, Herro would be the first Miami Heat player to earn the award since it became an actual thing about 40 years ago. His contributions to Coach Spoelstra’s rotation go beyond the stat sheet though and his ceiling continues to grow.

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First though, on the elevation up, it’s capturing this year’s NBA Sixth Man Of The Year award. Because he certainly deserves it.