On all levels of his basketball career, Tyler Herro has been built for the big moments.
At 20-years of age, the Miami Heat rookie guard possesses the trait that many superstars have struggled to establish: the clutch gene. Whether it be through shooting or facilitating, Herro has the demeanor to put his team on the winning side of things.
Coming into the fourth quarter of Miami’s Game 5 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks, Herro was ice cold on both sides, helping the Heat pave its way to the Eastern Conference Finals, their first time since 2014.
Herro’s final period dominance began with 7:43 remaining, finding Andre Iguodala for a flashy no-look pass, leading to an open dunk. On the ensuing possession, the 6-foot-6 guard cruised to the paint and threw an alley-top pass to Bam Adebayo.
Herro tallied it off with an and-1 hook shot, helping the Heat taking a commanding 84-74 lead with 6:11 remaining. He’d go on to finish with 14 points on 5 of 10 shooting, 8 rebounds and 6 assists.
Unlike other rookies who are fairly new to these monumental moments, Herro’s ego is that of a veteran.
“I love being on the big stage,” he said.
Looking back in time to reminisce on how much Miami has accomplished this season, there’s a player with his jersey number hanging at American Airlines Arena who had that similar mentality at a young age.
While Herro’s resume obviously doesn’t match that of Wade, the simple fact that he doesn’t shy away from the task at hand brings flashes of the 13-time All-Star.
‘His confidence is special for sure,” Duncan Robinson told reporters on Herro. “I think everybody’s seen that pretty much right from the start. I think the area he’s really grown a lot is his feel. The game is really definitely starting to slow down for him it seems … He’s grown so much throughout the year.
“The best is yet to come with him.”
In Herro’s first nine postseason games, he’s averaged 14.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists on 41.3 percent shooting. Compare that to Wade’s first nine playoff games, in which he notched 16.6 points, 4.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists on 43.6 percent shooting, and the numbers nearly resemble.
Best of all, Herro’s rookie journey isn’t ending anytime soon. With plans of putting the Heat in a position to win a championship, his mindset remains firm and persistent.
“I’m happy where we’re at right now, but we have a lot of unfinished business,” Herro told reporters postgame, as his group now awaits the winner of Celtics-Raptors as their upcoming opponent.
“We came here for one goal and one goal only, and that’s our focus.”