This week, Kurt Helin and Dan Feldman of NBC Sports discussed the Boston-Miami series and more specifically how 20-year-old Heat shooting guard Tyler Herro is “spreading his wings.”
In the latest Pro Basketball Talk Podcast, Helin and Feldman questioned if Herro has taken such a big leap just because of the Orlando bubble environment.
“The bubble is almost like a second season,” Helin explained. “I’m really curious to see what [Herro] looks like in the grind of an NBA season and some hostile fans and stuff he just hasn’t faced.”
Is Herro’s shot-making sustainable?
Eh, maybe not.
And then there’s Nuggets guard Jamal Murray and his stellar play. There's no doubt Murray has had people take notice.
His Michael Jordan-like lay-up around LeBron James says it all.
But, can we also talk about how Trail Blazers second-year shooting guard Gary Trent Jr. had his stock rise in the Orlando Bubble, as well?
Sure, Helin and Feldman were just talking about players who made it to the Conference Finals.
And to be fair, that makes sense.
Trent Jr. had his coming out party in Orlando by showing that he is a two-way player that leaves it all out on the floor.
He wasn’t out there just showing off his shot-making ability, he was also not backing down from anyone at the other end.
The Trail Blazers backup wing was not surprised in the least at his high-level of play during the NBA restart. Which, Trent Jr. pointed out in the First Round of the Western Conference Playoffs against the Lakers:
In his last 10 games of the season, Trent Jr. averaged 11.4 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 1.2 assists in 28.2 minutes of action.
Trent Jr.’s number was called and he was ready.
As the NBA world continues to talk about Herro and Murray, Rip City is still talking about Trent Jr.’s bubble performance.
Herro, Murray, and Trent Jr. equal the future of the NBA.
[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Blazers Podcast with hosts NBA Champion Channing Frye and Emmy Award winner Dan Sheldon and special guest David Lucas.]