Tyler Herro, the Heat's sharp-shooting guard instantly became a fan favorite when Miami picked him at number 13 in the 2019 NBA draft, and it's not hard to tell why. The young University of Kentucky product has a million-dollar smile and is not afraid to showcase it both on and off the floor.
Apart from his contagious charisma, clean fits and trendy social media profiles, Herro's game has slowly but surely been evoking more and more positive reactions from NBA fans all over. Everyone seems to be buying into the 'Herro effect'!
Last week, during game 4 of the Heat - Celtics series, Tyler went off and erupted for 37 points to lead the Heat to victory. Naturally, after a scoring performance like that, young Herro was feeling himself, and so, he gave himself a nickname of sorts: 'Bucket'.
Now we all know, that there's only one player on the Heat that gets to claim that nickname, and that's 'Jimmy Buckets', but after a scoring performance like the one Tyler put up last Thursday, no one really mined him making that remark.
No one, except for Paul Pierce that is, who called him out on national TV during a game 4 recap on ESPN. Paul argued the following:
"I can’t call nobody a 'bucket' if you ain’t averaging at least 20...if you average 11 I can’t give you 'I’m a bucket.'"
Fast-forward to this week and the Heat are in the Finals, partially thanks to Tyler's performance throughout the series. Herro was one of the Heat’s best players, averaging 19.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 4.8 assists per game while shooting 52.3 percent from the field and 34.9 percent from three.
Naturally, young Herro was ready to clap back at the former All-star:
“I averaged more than 11, first of all, and I think I just averaged about 20 in the Eastern Conference finals.”
The whole situation seems like Pierce just got salty because the C's were down and eventually got knocked out of the playoff picture by Herro and the Heat.
Whatever the case may be, Tyler will continue to try and prove Pierce wrong during the 2020 NBA Finals against the LA Lakers, and we wish him all the best.