Pro: Tyler Herro has built his career on confidence. Whether the Heat are down 10 to start the fourth quarter or down two with less than a minute remaining, Herro wants the ball in his hands. He’s aware enough to know that Butler and Adebayo will have those looks before him, but when his number is called Herro is always ready. He’s been one of the best players for the Heat under pressure and has consistently shown up when the Heat need a spark.
Con: When Herro’s on the court, he’s debatably the most electrifying scorer in Miami, but the Heat have been without the confident star on multiple occasions in the postseason. Last year he missed time due to a broken hand that he suffered in the first round of the playoffs, and that list goes on with ample time missed in 2022 due to ankle issues and in 2021 due to a foot injury. Spoelstra and his staff need a player that they can rely on in April and Herro’s inability to stay on the court is a reason they continue to look elsewhere for contributors.
Pro: Richardson is a phenomenal perimeter defender, which is invaluable in today’s NBA. He’s averaged 1.1 steals per game in his 10-year career and has a high motor that’s equipped to chase players who like to run off picks and use combo moves to find their spots. Richardson is also a consistent shooter who’s kept his numbers relatively close in each of his destinations.
Con: As a shooting guard it’s not particularly his responsibility, but Richardson can try to keep his head up and find the open man whenever he penetrates the paint. If he’s able to improve as a facilitator, it would be another opportunity to have the offense spread out and create open shots.