Andre Lloyd Miller (born March 19, 1976) is an American retired professional basketball player. Miller has played professional basketball for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trail Blazers, Denver Nuggets, Washington Wizards, Sacramento Kings, Minnesota Timberwolves and San Antonio Spurs. Currently, he ranks eleventh all-time in NBA career assists and only missed three games to injury in his 17-year career. He's the only player in NBA history to have at least 16,000 career points, 8,000 assists and 1,500 steals without making an NBA All-Star Game.
Miller with the Wizards in February 2014
|Born||March 19, 1976|
Los Angeles, California
|Listed height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Listed weight||200 lb (91 kg)|
|High school||Verbum Dei|
(Los Angeles, California)
|NBA draft||1999 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8th overall|
|Selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers|
|Number||24, 7, 22|
|2002–2003||Los Angeles Clippers|
|2009–2011||Portland Trail Blazers|
|2016||San Antonio Spurs|
|Career highlights and awards|
- 1 High school career
- 2 College career
- 3 Professional career
- 3.1 Cleveland Cavaliers (1999–2002)
- 3.2 Los Angeles Clippers (2002–2003)
- 3.3 Denver Nuggets (2003–2006)
- 3.4 Philadelphia 76ers (2006–2009)
- 3.5 Portland Trail Blazers (2009–2011)
- 3.6 Return to the Nuggets (2011–2014)
- 3.7 Washington Wizards (2014–2015)
- 3.8 Sacramento Kings (2015)
- 3.9 Minnesota Timberwolves (2015–2016)
- 3.10 San Antonio Spurs (2016)
- 4 NBA career statistics
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
High school careerEdit
Miller played high school basketball at Verbum Dei in Los Angeles where during his time there, the team found great success under coach Mike Kearney.
Miller played college basketball at the University of Utah. He became a starter at point guard early in his freshman season, and remained a team leader throughout his career at the school. In 1997, following the graduation of Keith Van Horn, Miller and Michael Doleac took charge of the team, and they led the Runnin' Utes to the championship game of the 1998 Final Four. It was during that tournament run that Miller gained national attention.
Utah faced Arizona in the West Regional finals. The Wildcats were defending national champions and the top seed in the region, and thus were heavily favored over the Utes. Arizona boasted an All-American guard line of Mike Bibby, Miles Simon, and Jason Terry, but Miller wasn't intimidated. He single-handedly dominated the Wildcats, totaling 18 points, 14 rebounds, and 13 assists in the game. It was just the fourth triple-double in the recorded history of the NCAA tournament. Utah won in a rout, 76-51.
With Miller leading the way, the Utes continued their surprising run all the way to the title game, where they ultimately lost to Kentucky 78-69. Miller was a national star during his senior season (1999), earning First Team All-America honors from the Associated Press, the NABC, the Sporting News, and USBWA. Also, he was named Player of the Year in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC), in addition to First Team All-WAC and WAC All-Defensive Team honors.
Miller averaged 12.1 points, 5.4 assists and 4.8 rebounds per game over his four-year collegiate career at Utah. He also finished his career as Utah's all-time leader in steals (254) and second in all-time assists (721). He left the school with a bachelor's degree in Sociology.
Cleveland Cavaliers (1999–2002)Edit
Miller was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the eighth overall pick in the 1999 NBA draft. He averaged 11.1 points and 5.8 assists per game in his rookie year. In his second year, he averaged 15.8 points per game and 8 assists per game. In his final year as a Cavalier, his averages increased to 16.5 points and 10.8 assists per game. During his career as a Cavalier, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team, became the first player in Cleveland history to win player of the week twice, set a franchise record for total assists in a season (882), and was the only NBA player to average 10+ assists and points during the 2001–02 NBA season. On January 31, 2002 against the Washington Wizards he was shot behind by Michael Jordan who gave a game winning shot for the third time in Cleveland from inbound pass by Popeye Jones. He also played for the United States national team in the 2002 FIBA World Championship.
Los Angeles Clippers (2002–2003)Edit
On July 30, 2002, Miller was traded, along with Bryant Stith, to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for Darius Miles and Harold Jamison. He averaged 13.6 points, 6.7 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 1.24 steals in 80 games for the Clippers in 2002–03. He ranked ninth in the NBA in assists and led the Clippers in games played, games started (80) and minutes played (2,913).
Denver Nuggets (2003–2006)Edit
On August 1, 2003, Miller signed a six-year deal with the Denver Nuggets. His first season in Denver he averaged 15.8 points and 6.1 assists along with 4.5 rebounds and a career-high 1.7 steals per game. They made the playoffs but the Nuggets were eliminated in the first round 4 games to 1 by the Minnesota Timberwolves. In the 2004–05 he averaged 13.6 points, 6.9 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 82 games. In the playoffs after winning game one in San Antonio, the Nuggets proceeded to lose the next four games and lost the series 4–1. In his last full season with the Nuggets his averages would go down. With his 13.7 points, 8.2 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals he helped the team to win the Northwest division. Unfortunately they lost to the Los Angeles Clippers in 5 games. In the 2006–07 season he played 23 games with the Nuggets before he got traded to Philadelphia.
Philadelphia 76ers (2006–2009)Edit
Miller's statistics went up in multiple categories; in 2006–07, Miller ranked fourth in the NBA in total assists (625) and seventh in assists per game (7.8), and also ranked 20th in steals per game (1.38) and 15th in assist to turnover ratio (2.82). He recorded 19 double-doubles in 2006–07 (148 for his career), and the Sixers were 7–5 in games in which he had a double-double and 17–8 when he scored 15+ points. He finished the final 35 games in 2006–07, shot 47.7% from the floor and 82.4% shooting from the line after shooting 44.5% FGs and 74.8% FTs in his first 22 games as a Sixer.
Portland Trail Blazers (2009–2011)Edit
On July 24, 2009, Miller signed a 3-year deal worth $21 million with the Blazers. On January 30, 2010, Miller scored a career high of 52 points while making 22 of 31 field goals in an overtime win against the Dallas Mavericks.
In December 2010, Miller's streak of 632 straight games ended because of a suspension for a game after shoving Clippers player Blake Griffin. The shove was missed by the refs and not called as a foul during the game with the suspension handed after review.
Return to the Nuggets (2011–2014)Edit
During the 2011 NBA draft on June 23, 2011, Miller was involved in a trade sending him to the Nuggets along with the rights to #26 draft pick Jordan Hamilton in exchange for Raymond Felton. In his first game back with Denver, Miller finished with 18 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals and a block in a 115-93 win over the defending champion Dallas Mavericks.
On July 11, 2012, Miller re-signed with the Nuggets on a three-year deal.
On January 3, 2013, he recorded his 15,000th career point in a 101-97 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. On April 20, 2013, Miller scored a game-winning lay up with 1.3 seconds left to beat the Golden State Warriors 97-95 in Game 1 of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs. Miller finished with 28 points on 11-16 from the field with 5 assists.
Washington Wizards (2014–2015)Edit
Sacramento Kings (2015)Edit
Minnesota Timberwolves (2015–2016)Edit
San Antonio Spurs (2016)Edit
On February 29, 2016, Miller signed with the San Antonio Spurs. Two days later, he made his debut with the Spurs in a 97–81 win over the Detroit Pistons, recording two rebounds and two assists in eight minutes off the bench. With Spurs' starting point guard Tony Parker out injured on March 8, Miller made his first NBA start since December 9, 2013. After playing more than 15 minutes just one time since November 29, 2015, Miller had 13 points and five assists in 25 minutes in the Spurs' 116–91 win over his former team, the Minnesota Timberwolves.
NBA career statisticsEdit
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
|*||Led the league|
- List of National Basketball Association career games played leaders
- List of National Basketball Association career assists leaders
- List of National Basketball Association career steals leaders
- List of National Basketball Association career turnovers leaders
- List of National Basketball Association career minutes played leaders
- List of National Basketball Association players with most assists in a game
- List of National Basketball Association players with most steals in a game
- List of oldest and youngest National Basketball Association players
- "NBA History – Assists Leaders". ESPN. Retrieved February 16, 2014.
- Dempsey, Christopher (February 3, 2012). "Nuggets PG Andre Miller: The NBA's most unsung Ironman". DenverPost.com. Retrieved February 3, 2012.
- Tonry, Andrew R. (April 28, 2010). "The secrets of the NBA's iron man". ESPN.com. Retrieved April 28, 2010.
- "Andre Miller Stats". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved February 26, 2016.
- "The Journey of Andre Miller, Point Guard (part 1)". BlazersEdge.com. SBNation. August 8, 2009. Retrieved February 11, 2014.
- Sorensen, Mike (March 12, 2012). "Top 10 tournament performances by local players – Andre's Triple Double". DeseretNews.com. Deseret News. Retrieved February 11, 2014.
- "Andre Miller Stats, Video, Bio, Profile". NBA.com. Archived from the original on January 13, 2014. Retrieved February 11, 2014.
- "2002 USA Basketball". USABasketball.com. Archived from the original on August 24, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2010.
- "Cavaliers deal Andre Miller to Clippers". CBC.ca. July 30, 2002. Retrieved February 11, 2014.
- Denver Gets Andre Miller
- "Miller, Smith go to Sixers in deal for Iverson". ESPN.com. December 20, 2006. Retrieved February 11, 2014.
- Ford, Chad; Sheridan, Chris (July 24, 2009). "Sources: Miller's deal worth $21M". ESPN.com. Retrieved July 25, 2009.
- "Trail Blazers Sign Andre Miller". NBA.com. July 24, 2009. Retrieved July 24, 2009.
- "Miller's 52 points, Howard's jumper in OT lift Blazers". ESPN.com. January 30, 2010. Archived from the original on February 3, 2010. Retrieved January 31, 2010.
- "Miller scores 31 points as Blazers steal Game 1 from Suns". ESPN.com. Associated Press. April 18, 2010. Archived from the original on April 23, 2010. Retrieved April 18, 2010.
- "Nuggets re-sign free agent point guard Andre Miller". NBA.com. July 11, 2012. Retrieved July 11, 2012.
- "WIZARDS ACQUIRE ANDRE MILLER". MonumentalNetwork.com. February 20, 2014. Retrieved February 20, 2014.
- "Kings Acquire Andre Miller". NBA.com. February 19, 2015. Retrieved February 19, 2015.
- "Timberwolves Sign Andre Miller". NBA.com. August 3, 2015. Retrieved August 3, 2015.
- "Timberwolves Waive Guard Andre Miller". NBA.com. February 25, 2016. Retrieved February 25, 2016.
- "SPURS SIGN ANDRE MILLER". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. February 29, 2016. Retrieved February 29, 2016.
- "Spurs clinch postseason berth with 29th straight home win". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. March 2, 2016. Retrieved March 2, 2016.
- "Aldridge scores 29, Spurs bounce back with win over Wolves". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. March 8, 2016. Retrieved March 8, 2016.