Tyler Herro and Bam Adebayo will both be taking the court for Team USA this offseason. However, they’ll be suiting up against each other instead of for their typical basketball team, the Miami Heat.
Adebayo will be playing with Team USA in the Olympics. He’ll be alongside players like Khris Middleton, Draymond Green, and Damian Lillard. As for Herro, he’ll be taking the court with former teammate Keldon Johnson on the USA Men’s Select Team.
The Select Team will help prepare the Olympic team for high-level competition. They’ll train on July 6-9 at UNLV’s Mendenhall Center. Herro’s head coach Erik Spoelstra will command the Select Team.
Herro will get to play in front of his coach and with a few of his teammates. One current teammate, Adebayo, commented on what playing with the Select Team could do for the guard.
“He’ll get the chance to go against the best in the USA. So I feel like that’s one of the biggest things that he can get — and, obviously, getting to watch people’s work ethic and how they go about their professional business,” Adebayo said, per Brendan Tobin.
Herro is coming off a disappointing season, so this added training should be good for him. After being taken in the 2019 NBA Draft, Herro became a household name after helping carry the Heat to the 2020 NBA Finals.
Herro’s regular-season average did increase to 15.1 points per game. He’s clearly one of the best young players in the NBA. He’s just 21 years old and has a sky-high ceiling. He’ll need to become a better defender and potentially better all-around offensive talent.
But, he’s still young and has time to improve. Training with the league’s best for a couple of days will only help the young star.