Sportsbooks are Predicting a Strong Season from Tyler Herro

Tyler Herro With Miami Heat Background

  • Tyler Herro has moved up to +1000 to win Sixth Man of the Year and +1200 to win Most Improved Player at the Barstool Sportsbook.
  • Herro averaged 22.4 points per game during the preseason, the highest by a Heat player since LeBron James in 2011.
  • The Heat guard recently drew some criticism after saying he is on the same level as Luka Doncic, Trae Young, and Ja Morant.

Tyler Herro had the proverbial sophomore slump during the 2020-21 NBA season. But with the next NBA campaign less than one week away, the best NBA sportsbooks are very high on Herro.

The Miami Heat guard/small forward is both among the betting favorites to win Sixth Man of the Year and the Most Improved Player across the top NBA betting sites after a strong performance in the preseason.

Nothing but Nylon

Herro was light out during the Heat’s preseason finale as he was hitting nothing but nylon in their 121-100 blowout win over the Boston Celtics on Friday night. The third-year guard scored 29 points on 66.66% FG shooting including 5 of 6 from behind the three-point arc. The big scoring night enabled Herro to finish the preseason with a 22.4 scoring average, the highest by a Heat player since LeBron James in 2011.

It was Herro’s fourth 20-point game in Miami’s six preseason games, all coming off the bench. He opened his preseason campaign with 26 points on 9-12 shooting against the Hawks. He followed that up with a 24-point effort against the Rockets and another 26-point game against the Spurs before finishing his preseason campaign with a monster game against Boston.

The 21-year old 13th pick of the 2019 NBA Draft by the Heat was one of the team’s key contributors during their run to the NBA Finals in 2020. While Herro increased his scoring average to 15.1 PPG from 13.5 PPG during his rookie season, his performance fell short of expectations and he ended up losing his starting job. But if the 2021-22 preseason is any indication, Herro is due for a bounce-back year.

Sixth Man of the Year?

Just over a month ago, Herro had the sixth-best odds to win the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award. With less than a week to go before the start of the 2021-22 regular season, Herro has moved to second in the Sixth Man of the Year odds board at the BetOnline App at +500, with only reigning Sixth Man of the Year winner Jordan Clarkson having shorter odds than him at +450. Herro is also second behind Clarkson’s +500 at +1000 via the Barstool Sports and is even at par with Clarkson at +650 on top of PointsBet’s Sixth Man betting boards.

But not only has Herro climbed up the Sixth Man of the Year ladder. He has also moved up the Most Improved Player odds boards as well in some of the top NBA betting sites. Going back to BetOnline, Herro is tied with the 5th best odds to win the award at +1600. He is even tied with Michael Porter Jr. at +1200 via UniBet and is second behind MPJ at the Barstool Sportsbook at +1200.

Herro drew some flak when he said in an interview earlier this week that he is on the same level as Luka Doncic, Trae Young, and Ja Morant. But given what we’ve seen from him during the preseason, you can’t say no to that claim outright. Herro has always been a very talented player in the NBA and if he puts it all together this season, there’s no doubt he’s going to be a contender for either or even both of the aforementioned individual awards.

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Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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