Heat’s Tyler Herro wins the Kia Sixth Man of the Year 2021-22 award

Heat’s Tyler Herro wins the Kia Sixth Man of the Year 2021-22 award

Tyler Herro averaged 20.7 points as the league’s top scorer off the bench.

NEW YORK – Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro has been named Kia NBA Sixth Man of the Year 2021-22 for his contributions to a reserve role, the NBA announced today. This is the first sixth man honor for Herro, who becomes the first player to win the annual award with the Heat.

Herro received 488 total points (96 first place votes) from a global jury of 100 sports journalists and broadcasters. Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love finished in second place with 214 points (three votes for first place). Phoenix Suns striker Cam Johnson finished in third place with 128 points (one vote for first place).

Players were awarded five points for each vote for first place, three points for each vote for second place, and one point for each vote for third place. To be eligible for the Kia NBA Sixth Man of the Year award, a player had to have gone off the bench in more games than he had started.

In his third NBA season, Herro averaged 20.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists in 32.6 minutes in 66 games (10 starts). His reserve average of 20.8 points was the highest in the NBA. He became the fifth player to average at least 20.0 points off the bench (minimum 50 games as a reserve) since he began charting in the 1970-71 season, joining Thurl Bailey (1987-88), Eddie Johnson (1988- 89), Ricky Pierce (1989-90, 1990-91) and Lou Williams (2017-18, 2018-19).

Herro’s eight 30-point games off the bench were drawn for the third-most since the 1970-71 season and his 20 25-point games were drawn for the fourth. He ranked 20th in the NBA as a percentage of free throws (86.8), 21st in points per game, 26th as a percentage of three-point field goals (39.9) and 32nd in three points made (175).

Setting a franchise record in a single season with 1,162 points off the bench, Herro helped the Heat finish with a 53-29 record and earn the Eastern Conference seed for the 2022 NBA playoffs presented by Google Pixel. Miami is currently facing the Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern Conference semifinals, with Game 2 taking place Wednesday, May 4 at 7:30 PM ET on TNT.

Herro, 22, 13th overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, he averaged 16.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 175 games over three seasons with the Heat. In the 2019–20 season, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team and set a rookie scoring record in the Miami single-game playoffs with 37 points against the Boston Celtics in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Herro will be presented with a special edition 75th Anniversary commemorative trophy today to celebrate the honor, given in addition to the Kia NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award trophy, which he will later receive. The commemorative trophy, consisting of a solid crystal basketball, features the NBA 75 logo 3D laser engraved and suspended in the center.

Below are the voting results for the Kia NBA Sixth Man of the Year 2021-22 award. The vote was tabulated by the independent auditing firm Ernst & Young LLP. Full ballots for each voter will be posted on PR.NBA.com after all end-of-season awards are announced.

announcement of all end-of-season awards.

Player (Team) 1st place votes (5 points) 2nd place votes (3 points) 3rd place votes (1 point) Total points
Tyler Herro (Miami) 96 2 2 488
Kevin Love (Cleveland) 3 58 25 214
Cam Johnson (Phoenix) 1 27 42 128
Jordan Clarkson (Utah) 0 7 6 27
Luke Kennard (LA Clippers) 0 2 6 12
Bogdan Bogdanovic (Atlanta) 0 3 1 10
Kelly Oubre Jr. (Charlotte) 0 0 9 9
De’Anthony Melton (Memphis) 0 0 4 4
Montrezl Harrell (Charlotte) 0 1 0 3
Immanuel Quickley (New York) 0 0 2 2
Brandon Clarke (Memphis) 0 0 1 1
Tyus Jones (Memphis) 0 0 1 1
Maxi Kleber (Dallas) 0 0 1 1

Below is the all-time list of Kia NBA Sixth Man of the Year award winners.

  • 2021-22 – Tyler Herro, Miami Heat (votes)
  • 2020-21 – Jordan Clarkson, Utah Jazz (votes)
  • 2019-20 – Montrezl Harrell, LA Clippers (votes)
  • 2018-19 – Lou Williams, LA Clippers (votes)
  • 2017-18 – Lou Williams, LA Clippers (votes)
  • 2016-17 – Eric Gordon, Houston Rockets (votes)
  • 2015-16 – Jamal Crawford, LA Clippers (votes)
  • 2014-15 – Lou Williams, Toronto Raptors
  • 2013-14 – Jamal Crawford, Los Angeles Clippers
  • 2012-13 – JR Smith, New York Knicks
  • 2011-12 – James Harden, Oklahoma City Thunder
  • 2010-11 – Lamar Odom, Los Angeles Lakers
  • 2009-10 – Jamal Crawford, Atlanta Hawks
  • 2008-09 – Jason Terry, Dallas Mavericks
  • 2007-08 – Manu Ginobili, San Antonio Spurs
  • 2006-07 – Leandro Barbosa, Phoenix Suns
  • 2005-06 – Mike Miller, Memphis Grizzlies
  • 2004-05 – Ben Gordon, Chicago Bulls
  • 2003-04 – Antawn Jamison, Dallas Mavericks
  • 2002-2003 – Bobby Jackson, Sacramento Kings
  • 2001-2002 – Corliss Williamson, Detroit Pistons
  • 2000-2001 – Aaron McKie, Philadelphia 76ers
  • 1999-00 – Rodney Rogers, Phoenix Suns
  • 1998-99 – Darrell Armstrong, Orlando Magic
  • 1997-98 – Danny Manning, Phoenix Suns
  • 1996-97 – John Starks, New York Knicks
  • 1995-96 – Toni Kukoc, Chicago Bulls
  • 1994-95 – Anthony Mason, New York Knicks
  • 1993-94 – Dell Curry, Charlotte Hornets
  • 1992-93 – Clifford Robinson, Portland Trail Blazers
  • 1991-92 – Detlef Schrempf, Indiana Pacers
  • 1990-1991 – Detlef Schrempf, Indiana Pacers
  • 1989-90 – Ricky Pierce, Milwaukee Bucks
  • 1988-89 – Eddie Johnson, Phoenix Suns
  • 1987-88 – Roy Tarpley, Dallas Mavericks
  • 1986-87 – Ricky Pierce, Milwaukee Bucks
  • 1985-86 – Bill Walton, Boston Celtics
  • 1984-85 – Kevin McHale, Boston Celtics
  • 1983-84 – Kevin McHale, Boston Celtics
  • 1982-83 – Bobby Jones, Philadelphia 76ers

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