After a magnificent performance in the bubble, Herro generated significant hype over his gameplay. Many Heat fans were excited, thinking that they had secured the future of the organization.
Herro rode the hype and seemed confident over his performance, calling himself a ‘bucket.’ The young guard’s confidence wasn’t baseless; he averaged 16.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 3.7 assists across all games in the bubble.
Last season, however, was a different story. The Heat ended up getting swept by the eventual champions, Milwaukee Bucks.
Fans noticed that the inclusion of the Heat’s struggles would be Herro’s performance. They weren’t wrong; the so-called ‘bucket’ struggled to find the net throughout the series, only averaging 9.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.8 assists in 4 games against the Bucks.
Last season, it was reported that the Miami Heat were in talks to give up young players, including Herro, to acquire superstar James Harden in a trade. After an embarrassing loss in the first round, many NBA fans clown the Heat for passing on Harden.
After all the criticism involving Herro’s game, the guard looks motivated to prove everyone wrong. He currently leads the Heat in scoring, averaging 20.8 points per game in the preseason. Herro’s performance is dubbed the highest points per game average in a single preseason by a Heat player since LeBron James in 2011.
The young guard’s confidence shows early on but has received some flak for mentioning himself in the ‘same conversation’ with players like Luka Doncic and Trae Young.
Miami fans hope that this preseason stint was essential for Herro to regain his scoring ability as they attempt to make it on top of the Eastern Conference this year.