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Summer League often creates unneccesary hype around many young players that end up as mediocre or bad players .Throughout the years there have been many summer league stars that could never produce anything meaningful during the regular season. Players like Nate Robinson and Cameron Payne are perfect examples of a player who can’t continue to produce at a high level compared to their summer league hype. This piece is not a negative outlook of Tyler Herro just simply an analysis of why people shouldn’t overreact to this summer league star.
Don't Overreact: Tyler Herro
The Miami Heat picked Tyler Herro with the 13th pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. Herro was relatively good in college but often underperformed and didn’t have a huge impact. Many people compare him to Devin Booker because their style of play is similar. While there are similarities to their games, Herro does not possess the same shooting abilities as Booker. This comparison has led fans of the Heat to put a false sense of hope in him without viewing the facts. Booker didn’t produce in college because he wasn’t given the opportunity, but Herro was given the minutes and still didn’t perform.
Booker vs Herro
The stats above show the obvious. Herro was given the time, but couldn’t hit his shots at the same rate as Devin Booker. His inability to perform in big time situations will hurt his growth in the NBA. As a player in the league you must make the most of your opportunities, and Herro’s track record proves that he may not be able to live up to expectations.
After playing in the summer league, Herro gained hype as he performed well in Vegas and California. He played a substantial amount of minutes, shot considerably better, and displayed more versatility. Tyler Herro can certainly be a good player in the league if he continues to improve his shooting stroke, but he will never be elite for a very specific reason, his wingspan. Standing at 6’6, Herro has a 6’3 wingspan which is considerably short, as the NBA’s average wingspan is 2 inches longer than the player’s height. This may seem picky and useless but this quality can decide rebounds, blocks, and the ability to shoot over defenders. With his height, Herro will be playing against many long wings that will be able to block his shots with ease, which is his greatest and main asset. Most wing players his size are 3-and-D players; they bring pressure on the defensive side of the ball and provide 3pt shooting ability on the offense. Herro’s undersized wingspan will make it difficult for him to guard long wings. This issue paired with his one-dimensional play display is why he may never live up to the hype.