Skip to main content

Is Tyler Herro the best sixth man ever? The stats back it up

Tyler Herro isn't just the Miami Heat's best scorer but also their go-to weapon during crunch time.
Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro

Tyler Herro

In October, Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro made a bold claim by declaring that he's an NBA superstar. Many laughed at his confident statement, while others thought he was bizarre for comparing himself to Luka Doncic, Trae Young, and Ja Morant.

Well, maybe now those people aren't laughing anymore. Because after five months, Herro has proven that he is, after all, a really, really good player.

Herro currently leads the Heat in scoring, averaging 25 points a game on 51% shooting from the field, 47% from downtown, and 84% from the free-throw line in their past ten games. He's also been playing efficient defense and is grabbing 4.5 boards and assisting 3.4 times a game.

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

Best bet to win the sixth-man of the year award

Herro, who is currently the overwhelming favorite to win this year's Sixth Man of the Year award, is averaging more points than Jamal Crawford, Manu Ginobili, and Jason Terry (previous recipients of the award) ever did in any season of their careers. According to both the stats and the eye test, the Heat guard has one of the best sixth man seasons in league history.

Not only is Herro statistically averaging the best numbers from the bench in the league, but he's also the team's best player in their closing lineup. He's become Eric Spoelstra's go-to weapon during clutch moments because his offense has become a reliable and threatening force for the team.

Herro's ability to beat opponents off the dribble, make mid-range shots, drives, or maneuver around pick-and-rolls makes him so lethal. He might not be in the same conversation as Doncic, Young, and Morant yet, but Herro has made an undeniable leap this season.

The Heat's championship hopes depend on Herro.

Although often injured, Miami knows what they'll be getting from Jimmy Butler and Kyle Lowry, who both have already proven that they can carry their team to the Finals. Herro has shown that he can wreak havoc this year's regular season, but all eyes will be on his production during the most critical point.

The biggest question for Herro is if he can replicate his scoring efficiency in the playoffs when the game slows down and the competition gets more challenging. Ginobili and James Harden are two of the best examples of the Sixth Man of the Year awardees who impacted their team well enough in the post-season. (Most would agree 2012 was Harden's best playoff year.) The same pressure will be on Herro if he does win the award, which is likely at this point.

Because the Heat will go as far as Herro's scoring takes them. He's become their best tool on offense and has to continue to be. 

Tony Parker just wanted to make it to the NBA, and ended up becoming a legend in the process

Tony Parker shares what made it so hard to make it in the NBA as a European point guard back in the day

Tony Parker accomplished so much throughout his illustrious career, but his only goal initially was just to make it in the NBA

John Salley compares Luka Doncic to Larry Bird

John Salley says he would fear Luka Doncic the same way he feared Larry Bird

It might be too early to draw parallels between Larry Bird and Luka Doncic. But according to John Salley, both possess the same fear factor on the court.


Patrick Beverly disrespects the 2020 Lakers championship: "The Bubble Championship"

LeBron might think that was one of the hardest championships to win in NBA history, but Pat Bev is not having it!

Is it time for Chris Paul to retire?

Is it time for Chris Paul to retire?

This Playoff run exposed Chris Paul’s age more than ever. Gone are the days when he had all energy, pop, and even to an extent, durability to stay on the court.

Isiah Thomas criticism of Chris Paul still stands

Isiah Thomas’ past criticisms of Chris Paul still rings true: "He has to push past safe"

Isiah Thomas claimed Chris Paul was playing too safe to maintain his good stats. The Hall of Famer wanted CP3 to take some risks to win games.


Matt Barnes calls Patrick Beverly a clown for the Chris Paul slander: "You're not that guy"

Barnes went in on Pat Bev: "Chris Paul played terrible this series and his numbers are still better than your career numbers have ever been."

Patrick Beverley wouldn't mind joining LeBron James and the Lakers

Patrick Beverley on playing with the Los Angeles Lakers if he had the chance: “I wouldn’t even hesitate”

Patrick Beverley admitted that there's nothing like playing for the Lakers franchise

JJ Redick explains why Eric Gordon could've helped Phoenix Suns in the playoffs

JJ Redick explains why Eric Gordon could've helped Phoenix Suns in the playoffs

The Phoenix Suns fans wanted Eric Gordon but the front office panned their wishes.