Tyler Herro surely doesn’t lack confidence. The Miami Heat guard appeared on Bally sports Miami’s ‘Mic’d Up podcast’ to speak on everything from long-term goals to addressing his critics.
The thing that caught most people’s attention was when Herro said he should be in the same conversation as rising superstars Luka Doncic (Mavericks), Trae Young (Hawks) and Ja Morant (Grizzlies), all of whom are on track to becoming perennial All-Stars and cornerstone franchise players for their respective teams, if they aren't already.
“I feel like I’m in the same conversation as those guys, the young guys coming up in the league who can be All-Stars, superstars one day — Luka, Trae Ja, you know, those guys, I feel like my name should be in that category too,” Herro said on the Bally Sports Miami Mic’d Up podcast. “I put the work in and continue to get better every single day. I got a lot of goals in mind, to be an All-Star one day, and continue to chase my dream so I’m really excited to see where I can go.”
Herro, who came into his own during the NBA bubble, played a crucial role in the Heat's route to the NBA Finals vs the Lakers. However, by most standards, Herro had a less-than-stellar sophomore season, averaging 15.1 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.4 assists. If Herro thinks he is in the same air as Doncic, he sure has a lot of catching up to do as Doncic already is a two-time NBA All-Star, two-time All-NBA First Team player and the 2019 Rookie of the Year.
As expected, Twitter had a field day on Herro in the comments.
During Miami’s media day last month, head coach Erik Spoelstra said Herro put on 10-plus pounds of muscle in the offseason. We will have to wait and see whether Herro makes a substantial leap in his game.
The Heat will be tested early as they take on defending NBA champions the Milwaukee Bucks.