Why Tyler Herro’s ‘bad shots’ are actually good for him and Miami Heat

Tyler Herro #14 of the Miami Heat puts up a shot during the second half against the Sacramento Kings(Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)
Tyler Herro #14 of the Miami Heat puts up a shot during the second half against the Sacramento Kings(Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images) /
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Tyler Herro #14 of the Miami Heat passes against Terence Davis #3 of the Sacramento Kings(Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images) /

For Tyler Herro And The Miami Heat’s Growth’, He’ll Have To Take Those Looks

As with any other high-volume scorer in the NBA, questionable shot attempts have been a significant part of Herro’s overall game. Some have gone in while others simply haven’t.

The reality is that the foundation of Tyler’s game is built from creating shots with a high degree of difficulty, even if the difficult shots don’t fall.

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If you can recall a Heat road loss to the Los Angeles Lakers last year, Miami was down, 117-119, with under 15 seconds remaining. With the final shot, Herro would come up short after he attempted a fadeaway three-pointer that would hit back iron.

Tyler, who was initially being defended by Avery Bradley, received a screen handoff from Kyle Lowry. With Russell Westbrook now forced to switch onto the ball, Herro goes right, using his momentum to shoot a well-contested fadeaway from the wing.

As the Lakers emerged victorious, there are a slew of reasons as to why this would be and should be considered an ill-advised shot attempt. This was a forced shot against a Los Angeles team with a respectable defense at this time.

However, what should be taken from this is there is some very noticeable growth if we compare this go-ahead attempt from last season to Wednesday’s shot over Sacramento. It all came under a high level of pressure.

Herro’s made shot against the Kings came in the midst of a tied game, a ton of space with no defenders to reach him, and with the Kings having zero timeouts. This is a shot opportunity that Tyler must take every single time—and he most certainly will.

It must be understood that this version of Tyler Herro is a player that’s been evolving for years before he was even drafted. Every player dreams of having the opportunity and there’s no one on this Miami Heat roster who has more proficiency and credibility to get this look than Tyler Herro.

We’re talking about a professional shot-maker, a bucket-getter, and most likely a multi-time All-Star. As he continues to put the work in, he’ll grow and become that much more comfortable in these situations, which should ultimately guide him toward being a dependable franchise cornerstone.

If this was considered a “bad” shot, then he’ll have several more of them in his career, as many of the greats that came before him also did. Because at some point in his career, he won’t always have a Jimmy Butler, a Bam Adebayo, or a Kyle Lowry type of scorer to step in and take those for him.

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That’s just the reality of it all.