Tyler Herro is a bucket.
We know it, he knows it, and now the NBA knows it.
He’s been nicknamed “bucket” since his time at Kentucky. Sharing the court with PJ Washington and Keldon Johnson during his time in Lexington, Herro was one of three Wildcats taken in the first round of the 2019 NBA Draft.
While his rookie season may have been rather unusual with the current pandemic creating a shorter season and causing over a four-month suspension, Herro has made the most of it, cementing himself as a leader of the Miami Heat.
Now Finals bound, the Heat are getting national attention after coming into the postseason at the fifth seed in the East. They ran through both Milwaukee and Indiana. They also didn’t allow their Eastern Conference Finals’ opponent Boston to push them seven games.
How have they found such success? Well, it’s been on the backs of two Wildcats, Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro.
Herro is one of two players for Miami to have averaged double figures in each of their 16 playoff performances. Shooting 46% from the field, Herro has three games of 20 plus and one 37-point explosion.
That wasn’t enough to earn ESPN analyst and Celtics legend Paul Pierce’s respect.
Pierce claims he needs a bigger sample size before handing out the nickname “Bucket.” Well, did you really think Herro would hear that and not respond? “I think I just averaged 20 [PPG] in the Eastern Conference Finals,” he responded with.
Tyler Herro responded to Paul Pierce after Pierce said he needs a larger sample size to call Herro a bucket ️ pic.twitter.com/ok73VKxDvN— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 29, 2020
Herro is one of the best up-and-coming guards in the league, and as an elite shooter and capable defender, he is the perfect complement to this Heat franchise, one currently led by Jimmy Butler, one of the best two-way players in the NBA.
But, Herro can’t be too concerned with Pierce’s comments because he has an NBA Finals game to prepare for, an event that will start Wednesday, September 30 at 9:00 pm EST.