Tyler Herro has been one of the breakout stars of the 2020 NBA Playoffs.
Now competing on the NBA Finals stage, he's working his way into becoming a familiar name for NBA fans worldwide.
Here are some fast facts on the Miami Heat's rookie guard.
Tyler Herro was born on January 20, 2000 (20-years-old) and is from Greenfield, Wisconsin. He played his high school basketball at Whitnall High School, which you may be familiar with after Heat superstar Jimmy Butler wore Herro's high school jersey to practice following his monster Game 4 performance in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Jimmy pulled up to practice wearing Tyler Herro's HS jersey 😂- SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 24, 2020
(via @MiamiHEAT) pic.twitter.com/MFxsYEwS4e
As a junior in high school, Herro verbally committed to play his college basketball at the University of Wisconsin. After some reconsideration during his senior season, he elected to attend the University of Kentucky. He was a one-and-done player, playing one season before declaring for the NBA Draft.
In his freshman season at Kentucky, Herro averaged 14.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game starting in all 37 contests for the Wildcats. His efforts earned him SEC Rookie of the Year (by the Associated Press), All-SEC Second Team and SEC All-Rookie honours, as well as a spot on one of the NCAA Tournament's All-Region teams for his performance in the national tournament.
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Herro was selected by the Heat with the 13th overall pick of the 2019 NBA Draft.
He had a successful rookie campaign averaging 13.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists, shooting 42.8% from the field and 38.9% from beyond the arc in 27.4 minutes per game. His game-winning 3-pointer against the Philadelphia 76ers was the marquee moment of the 20-year-old's first regular season.
TYLER HERRO!!!!!!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/Y9LzOen2V8- Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) December 29, 2019
His strong rookie season resulted in a spot on the NBA's All-Rookie Second Team.
Herro is working his way into becoming a household name for his showing in the 2020 NBA Playoffs.
Averaging 16.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.9 assists shooting 46.3% from the field and 37.8% from 3-point range leading up to the NBA Finals, the rookie guard has given Miami's second unit a major jolt. He's scored in double figures in every contest, with no bigger impact than his performance in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Herro erupted for 37 points off the bench to help the Heat take a commanding 3-1 lead in the series, marking the second-most points ever scored in a playoff game by a 20-year-old, trailing only Magic Johnson. He surpassed Dwyane Wade for most points by a rookie in a playoff game in franchise history and became the youngest player to ever score 30-plus points off the bench in a playoff game.
This performance is going down in the HEAT playoff books.- Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) September 24, 2020
Enjoy every bit of @raf_tyler's 37 point Game 4... he is a BUCKET!
🔥🎥 #HEATHighlights pic.twitter.com/9AzvB9yfqu
His brand is only going to continue to grow in The Finals, as it has throughout the entire postseason. Take a look at some numbers that represent that, presented by the NBA:
- Only LeBron James (+573K) has acquired more social media followers (Twitter and Instagram) than Herro's 522K followers gained in the Conference Finals.
- Herro saw the biggest increase in followers added (+41%) among all players during the Conference Finals.
- Herro ranks second in followers added on Instagram since the NBA Restart tip-off. On July 30, Herro had 990K Instagram followers, and as of September 29, the number was 1.7M.
Herro's worth the follow - he's active on Twitter and his Instagram page showcases his personality through hoops, fashion and music.
If you aren't familiar with the Heat's rookie star yet, you will be by the end of the NBA Finals.
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