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Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Tyler Herro Is Miami Heat’s $4M X-Factor

  • Despite earning only $4 million this season, Tyler Herro has played his way into a huge contract extension.
  • The Sixth Man of the Year scored the most points for Miami in the regular season (1,367) and averaged the second-most PPG (20.7).
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It isn’t often that a team’s most important player comes off the bench, but Miami’s Tyler Herro is challenging that wisdom with his game-changing heroics. 

On Wednesday, this season’s Sixth Man of the Year finished with 18 points and seven rebounds against the 76ers, leading a Heat bench that outscored Philly’s 52-19 on the way to a 2-0 series advantage.

Herro, who’s earning only $4 million this year — the seventh-highest-paid player on a Miami squad with a $140.8 million payroll — rode a landslide to become the second-youngest player to win 6MOTY. 

  • Herro scored the most points for Miami in the regular season (1,367) and averaged the second-most PPG (20.7).
  • His bench unit led the NBA in PPG (40.5) and is second behind the Warriors (43.1) in the postseason.
  • In Game 1, he became the first in Heat postseason history to score 25 points and with five assists off the bench.

The 22-year-old’s contract provides some breathing room for a Miami team with $133 million already on the books next season — he’s owed a mere $5.7 million next season, and the Heat can wait until 2023 to offer him a five-year, $184 million rookie max extension.

With Joel Embiid uncertain to play in Friday’s Game 3 in Philly, the Heat have a chance to go up 3-0 and make the Eastern Conference Finals for the second time in three seasons.

History’s on their side: The Heat are 16-0 when up 2-0 in a best-of-seven series, while the Sixers are 0-13 when trailing 2-0. Miami is the third-favorite (+475) to win the title.

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