Miami Heat: Tyler Herro wins 2021-22 NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award

Miami Heat Tyler Herro (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)
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Miami Heat standout guard Tyler Herro wins the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award. 

Taking home the award for 2021-22 NBA Sixth Man of the Year is Miami Heat guard, Tyler Herro. He is the first Heat player to win this distinguished award. Not every team has the luxury of consistent scoring off the bench as Herro provides.

You do not have to be a starter in the NBA to make a significant impact, and Herro is a prime example of that. In his 2021-22 campaign, he averaged 20.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 4.0 assists per game. His 20.7 points per game will make him fourth for most points averaged in a season by a Sixth Man of the Year winner.

Herro plays a unique role for the Heat. He could easily be s starter, but head coach Erik Spoelstra uses him very strategically, and it has worked all season. Part of being a great NBA coach is knowing how to use your players effectively.

The player who starts ahead of Herro is Duncan Robinson. He might have started over Herro, but he played about six and a half fewer minutes per game. Robinson scored 10.9 points per game, while Herro averaged 20.7. My thought as to why Robinson started over Herro is because he is older than him, and a few inches taller.

Jimmy Butler’s 27.4 points per game lead the Miami Heat in the playoffs. Second for Miami is Tyler Herro, who in six total games this postseason is averaging 14.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 3.8 rebounds. He’s doing this in 28.5 minutes per game.

I’m sure Herro is honored to win this award, but he and the Miami Heat have bigger goals in mind. They want to avenge a loss in the 2020 NBA Finals. Miami will host the Philadelphia 76ers for Game 2, tonight at 7:30 p.m. EST on TNT.

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Joel Embid is out for Game 2, and the Heat will look to capitalize again. Kyle Lowry will be out for his fourth straight game with a hamstring injury. Will the 76ers be able to even up this series, or will the Heat take control heading to Philly for Games 3 and 4?