Tyler Herro projects as a Joe Harris-type of player, a guy who will run off screens all day, but also has surprising ability to drive to the rim to get his own shot.
He shot 46.2 percent overall and 35.5 percent on 4.6 3-point attempts per game as a complementary piece at Kentucky during his freshman season, while hitting an astonishingly good 87-of-93 (93.5 percent) from the free throw line.
Herro’s path could end up mirroring those traveled by Harris and veterans such as Kyle Korver and J.J. Redick, players who rose from deep bench roles early in their careers to become solid starters as perimeter shooters.
One thing Herro will likely never be is anything more than a try-not-to-be-too-much-of-a-liability defender. He’s got little length at 6-foot-5 with a shorter 6-foot-4½ wingspan and at Kentucky’s pro day measured in at 12.4 percent body fat.
He’s more of a scorer than he seems more than simply a shooter and the more spaced NBA offenses should provide Herro with more room to work his offensive game.
He is, however, a bit of a one-trick pony. He’s not a ball-handler and won’t be good enough defensively to be a 3-and-D player, but in the right system could be dynamic as a shooter/scorer.
San Antonio could definitely be one of those systems.