Tyler Herro of the Miami Heat wins Sixth Man of the Year Award

 | May 4, 2022

For the 2021-2022 season, Herro was announced as the winner on Tuesday night.

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The Sixth Man of the Year Award was awarded to Miami Heat Guard Tyler Herro on Tuesday night after his performance through the 2021-2022 season off of the bench. His team currently has a 1-0 lead in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

When announced as a finalist for the award in March, Herro said: "We're trying to win a championship here, so whether it's starting or coming off the bench for me, I accepted that role. ... I'm just happy to be on this team and happy to accept my role."

Out of 100 votes, Herro received 96 first-place votes from a global panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters, accumulating 488 total points. First-place votes are worth five points, second-place is worth three, while third-place votes are worth one. 

Kevin Love finished in second place with a total of 214 points, while Cameron Johnson came in third with 128 votes. In order to be eligible for the award, a player has to come off of the bench more than they started a game. 

As the sixth-man, Herro came off the bench in 56 of the 66 games he played, averaging 20.7 points, and 5.0 rebounds with 4.0 assists. With the award, he became the first player of the Miami Heat to win Sixth Man of the Year. 

In another outstanding statistic, Herro scored 30 or more eight times off the bench, tied for third-most in a season by a substitute since the 1970-71 season.

Herro really emerged in 2020, scoring 37 points as a rookie against the Boston Celtics in Game 4 of the 2020 Eastern Conference Finals. This outing set the single-game rookie scoring record for the Heat franchise. 

This year Miami finished with a record of 53-29 and is in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, all of this is thanks to an outstanding effort by Herro. 

 

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Ricky Gray

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