Kyle Lowry was one of the biggest additions of the 2021 NBA offseason. The veteran point guard finished his nine-year tenure with the Toronto Raptors last season to join the Miami Heat via sign-and-trade in the summer.
He's made an immediate impact on the team, putting every piece in the right place. The Philadelphia native was an excellent acquisition for the Heat, who look poised to make some noise in the Eastern Conference this year.
Kyle is already getting praised by his teammates, who feel he was the missing piece for the team to finally compete for the championship. After a tumultuous 2020/21 season, the Heat needed to make big moves and Lowry was perfect for Erik Spoelstra's squad.
Tyler Herro is one of the players who have benefitted from Kyle's presence on the court. The young sharpshooter said that having Lowry around has made things easier for the team.
"I love playing with Kyle," Herro said, via Sports Illustrated. "My first two years in the league I didn't really have a point guard that could get everyone organized to their spots. That's no knock on my previous teammates. It's just the way that Kyle gets everyone to their spots, how he's a leader. He just understands the game in a way that not many people do.
"Just being next to him is obviously amazing for me."
The Heat's prior point guard was Goran Dragic, who was traded to the Raptors in the move that brought Lowry to South Beach. Herro feels the 35-year-old is a better fit for him, who lives and dies by the 3-pointer.
Herro is having a terrific start to the season, becoming the first Heat player to record a 30-PT, 10-REB double-double coming off the bench. Prior to the beginning of the campaign, he vowed to prove doubters wrong, and so far he's done a good job.
Miami has big expectations for this season after landing Lowry and PJ Tucker. They look like a team capable of making a deep playoff run, although the Eastern Conference is the hardest we've seen in years.