3 reasons why the Rockets should trade James Harden for Tyler Herro

Tyler Herro #14 of the Miami Heat (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Tyler Herro #14 of the Miami Heat (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /
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1. Herro has shown the moment is never too big for him

Herro showed in his rookie season that he won’t shy away from the big moments. The young guard took a big leap forward during the playoffs, as he helped his team reach the NBA Finals.

If the Houston Rockets decided to trade James Harden to the Miami Heat for Tyler Herro, it is quite likely they’ll include their other rookie from last season, Kendrick Nunn. Although Nunn turned 25-years-old and was awarded NBA All-Rookie First Team honors this past season, he took a backseat to Herro in the playoffs and the production difference between the two players is staggering from where they were in the regular season.

Nunn’s playoff minutes per game were sliced nearly in half to approximately 15, while Herro saw his playing time increase to an average of 33 minutes. Herro set the NBA rookie record for the most consecutive playoff games scoring in double figures.

Throughout the Heat’s playoff run he averaged 16 points per game on 43.3 percent shooting. In addition, Hero became the youngest player in history to start in the NBA Finals and was one of only six rookies to score 300 or more points during a postseason performance.

His most impressive game in the playoffs was Game 4 in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics. After the Heat went up 2-1 against Boston, Herro put on a historic performance for a rookie in a playoff game.

He finished the game with 37 points (17 in the fourth quarter) to become the youngest player to reach that mark in a playoff game since Magic Johnson. If the Houston Rockets decided to begin their rebuild with Tyler Herro, it will be comforting knowing their franchise cornerstone already has a history of success on the biggest stage of the game.

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The Houston Rockets should strongly consider a package for Harden that features Tyler Herro because his age, potential, and confidence are all characteristics that teams look for when seeking out young talent. It’s not everyday a player a talented as James Harden becomes available, but the same can be said about a proven young stud like Tyler Herro.