Heat Hopeful for A New Herro in NBA Draft

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, left, poses for photographs with Tyler Herro, of Kentucky, after the Miami Heat selected him as the13th pick overall pick in the NBA basketball draft Thursday, June 20, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Just imagine it now:

The lights dim.

The crowd silences.

Suddenly, all you can hear is Enrique Iglesias’ voice glistening in the background gently whispering:

“Let Me Be Your Herro”

One can only imagine, right?

With the 13th pick in the 2019 NBA Draft the Miami Heat selected Tyler Herro, SG, Kentucky..and his SUIT. Can’t forget about his suit.

If first impressions are everything, then Herro is going to have a wide variety of fans and haters in the 305.

While some tweeted that he looked like he was wearing hotel curtains, Herro boasted about his draft attire.

“It speaks for itself. Look at it. Best drip here.”

His confidence spoke volumes as it was a pick that made sense for the Heat. Miami finished with the 22nd worst shooting percentage in the league at 45.0% and 21st from 3 o’clock point land at just under 34.9%. If the Heat have any chance of making the playoffs after their two year drought, the overall shooting percentage MUST improve.

Why Tyler Herro?

Herro, was a one year difference maker for the Wildcats. He averaged 14.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists in a team-high 32.6 minutes per game in his lone season at Kentucky, but 15 was the overall magic number.

Fun fact: Kentucky went 19-0 when Herro scored 15 points or more in 2018-19.

It will be a much harder feat in the NBA, but the 19-year-old thrives with opportunity. The 6-foot-6 shootng guard shot 58.8 percent in the restricted area and converted 93.5 percent of his free throws, which ended up being a school record. In his workout for the Boston Celtics, Herro made 80 out of 100 3 point shots.

His defensive skills will be put to the test, but improved in his lone season at Kentucky. It will need to be even better for a Miami team that lost another shooting guard named Dwyane Wade, who owns the record for most blocks at the position.

Another fun fact: Pat Riley’s Alma Mater?

Kentucky.

What to expect?

You don’t just replace an icon like D-Wade, although many eyes will be on his hopeful successor. While some will expect Herro to slide into a starting role, Dion Waiters is expected to retain the position despite missing almost half of the 2018-2019 season with a nagging ankle injury. If Waiters can’t stay healthy, Erik Spoelstra could decide to shake up the lineup and give Herro an increased amount of playing time. Herro will likely come off the bench almost similar to a Wayne Ellington type role.

The Heat will need the 19-year-old to grow up quickly and not take multiple years to mold players as they’ve done in previous years with players such as Dorrell Wright, Dexter Pittman, and former 2nd overall pick, Michael Beasley.

Herro should get up to NBA speed fairly quickly as he was coached by John Calipari. He is a textbook jump shooter and that is his bread and butter. He won’t wow anyone with his driving skills, but his 6’6 frame will allow him to shoot on or off-ball when facing defenders.

NBA Comparison: Kyle Korver

Heat trade up in round 2 for Stanford’s Okpala

After a series of trades, the Heat  ended up with the second pick in the second round of Thursday night’s draft and selected Stanford small forward KZ Okpala with the 32nd pick in the second round.

The Heat acquired the 32nd pick from the Indiana Pacers by swapping three second-round selections. Okpala

The 6’9 forward had 15 games with at least 20 points, second most in the Pac-12. He was an All-Pac-12 First Team selection in 2018-2019, as well as a semifinalist for the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award.

The rookie will have a steep mountain to climb for playing time as James Johnson, Josh Richardson, and Justise Winslow share the SF role during the course of the season. Only time will tell to see how the minutes are shared.

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