Ja Morant and Zion Williamson headlined the Rookie of the Year race this season, but Miami Heat rookie Tyler Herro believes he could’ve had a shot if it wasn’t for injuries.
“I definitely feel like if it wasn’t for that injury, I feel like I would be 1 or 2 in the Rookie of the Year race, so I’m ready to get out there and prove myself again,” Herro said.
Herro missed 15 games due to right ankle soreness.
For the season, Herro ranked eighth among rookies in scoring (12.9 points), seventh in 20-point games (9) and tied for first with 2.1 three-pointers per game.
“I would say it went pretty well,” Herro told ESPN of his first season. “I ended up getting hurt toward the middle of the year. I missed like 15 games, but before that, I felt like I was starting to find my stride, starting to prove myself, so I’m definitely looking forward to getting back.”
Herro has been training and working out at his new home during the shutdown and is looking forward to eventually getting back at it with the Heat.
“I just hope that they open as soon as possible,” Herro said about practice facilities reopening. “Obviously, hoping everybody stays safe … but we would all love to get back into the facilities and start working out and stuff like that again on a normal routine.”