With the NBA season now underway, predictions are rolling out for the end-of-season awards. Charles Barkley has a former Cat in mind for Rookie of the Year: Tyler Herro.
Charles Barkley picks Tyler Herro to be ROY. pic.twitter.com/QViMTPYXkk
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Herro certainly made a case for himself during the preseason, averaging 14.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 2.0 assists in 26.4 minutes per game. Since drafting him No. 13 back in June, the Miami Heat have had nothing but praise for Herro, from Pat Riley raving about his work ethic to Jimmy Butler complimenting his trash talk, which was on full display last week vs. Michael Carter-Williams. Barkley noticed that chip on Herro’s shoulder during Kentucky’s tournament run in March.
“Tyler Herro to me is the guy that makes [Kentucky] go,” Barkley said. “He’s the guy that makes all the big shots. He’s got, what we would say in the old days, swag.”
Herro makes his NBA debut tonight at 7:30 p.m. alongside Bam Adebayo as the Heat host the Memphis Grizzlies. If you’ve got NBA League Pass, you can watch it live, or we’ll bring you all the highlights.