I think Tyler Herro could be a super valuable pick at 17. He knocked down 94% of his free throws at Kentucky last season, and he’s a microwave scorer who can provide buckets on buckets off of the bench. Herro is an outstanding athlete with solid chops on defense and doesn’t have any major holes in his game. He’s proficient at creating his shot and doesn’t force the action. Per 40 minutes, Herro averages 17 PPG and 36% from 3. Not to say he’s a perfect prospect, but he fills a crucial role on the bench at pick 17 – where getting value can be difficult.
Herro does have his warts; to start, he isn’t a combo guard. The Hawks need ball handlers, but those needs can be addressed with the later picks. Like all great microwave scorers, Herro can hit his cold streaks. His body isn’t ideal for the NBA; he doesn’t have an enormous wingspan and isn’t going to wow anyone with his measurables. However, he’s still standing 6’6″ and some time in the gym could improve his overall athleticism. Another issue typical of guys like Herro is being prone to turning the ball over.
Tyler Herro can provide one of the bottom three 2nd units in the NBA with some serious punch. Vince Carter may not be in Atlanta next year; Kent Bazemore and Allen Crabbe are both entering the final year of their deals. Herro adds wing depth where the Hawks will sorely need it this season and beyond.
Prospect Grade: B-
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