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Michael Lloyd Miller (born February 19, 1980) is an American former basketball player who is an assistant college basketball coach for the Memphis Tigers. He played in college for the Florida Gators, and was selected by the Orlando Magic in the first round of the 2000 NBA draft. He has also played for the Memphis Grizzlies, Minnesota Timberwolves, Washington Wizards, Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Denver Nuggets. He was named the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2001, and the NBA Sixth Man of the Year in 2006. Miller won back-to-back NBA championships with Miami in 2012 and 2013. He was a swingman who was primarily a three-point specialist.[1]

Mike Miller
Mike Miller.jpg
Miller with the Washington Wizards in 2009
Memphis Tigers
PositionAssistant coach
LeagueAmerican Athletic Conference
Personal information
Born (1980-02-19) February 19, 1980 (age 39)
Mitchell, South Dakota
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight218 lb (99 kg)
Career information
High schoolMitchell (Mitchell, South Dakota)
CollegeFlorida (1998–2000)
NBA draft2000 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall
Selected by the Orlando Magic
Playing career2000–2017
PositionSmall forward / Shooting guard
Number50, 33, 6, 13, 18, 3
Coaching career2018–present
Career history
As player:
20002003Orlando Magic
20032008Memphis Grizzlies
2008–2009Minnesota Timberwolves
2009–2010Washington Wizards
20102013Miami Heat
2013–2014Memphis Grizzlies
2014–2015Cleveland Cavaliers
20152017Denver Nuggets
As coach:
2018–presentMemphis Tigers (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Contents

College careerEdit

Miller accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida, where he played for coach Billy Donovan's Gators teams from 1998 until 2000. He quickly became known for his ability to hit the three-pointer. As a sophomore, Miller led the Gators to the 2000 NCAA Championship game, losing to Michigan State Spartans. After the 2000 NCAA Tournament, he declared himself eligible for the NBA draft.

Professional careerEdit

Orlando Magic (2000–2003)Edit

The following summer, Miller was taken with the fifth overall pick in the 2000 NBA draft by the Orlando Magic. Miller won the 2001 NBA Rookie of the Year Award while being the only first-year player to appear in all 82 regular season games during the 2000–01 NBA season.

Memphis Grizzlies (2003–2008)Edit

He was traded to Memphis midway through 2002–03 NBA season. He was the recipient of the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award for the 2005–06 season. He averaged 13.7 points 5.4 rebounds 2.7 assists while shooting 47% from the field and 41% from three-point range, while playing 30.6 minutes per game.

On January 3, 2007, Miller made nine three-pointers in a win over the Golden State Warriors, breaking Sam Mack's Grizzlies franchise record of eight in a game set in February 1999.[2] The two previous games Miller hit seven threes.[3] This made him the first NBA player to hit at least seven three-pointers in three consecutive games[4] since the Dallas Mavericks' George McCloud achieved it in 1996.[5] Miller holds the Memphis Grizzlies franchise record for most points scored in a single game, with 45 on February 21, 2007, against the Golden State Warriors.[6] After the 2006–07 NBA season, Miller was announced as a member of the USA Basketball team.

Minnesota Timberwolves (2008–2009)Edit

On June 26, 2008, Miller, Brian Cardinal, Jason Collins, and the 5th pick of the 2008 NBA draft, Kevin Love, were sent to Minnesota in exchange for Marko Jarić, Antoine Walker, Greg Buckner and the 3rd pick O. J. Mayo.[7]

Washington Wizards (2009–2010)Edit

On June 23, 2009, Miller and Randy Foye were sent to the Washington Wizards for Oleksiy Pecherov, Etan Thomas, Darius Songaila and the 5th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft.[8] Miller suffered a shoulder injury and missed a few games during the early part of the 2009–10 NBA season.

Miami Heat (2010–2013)Edit

On July 15, 2010, Miller signed a five-year $25 million contract with the Miami Heat. He injured his thumb while guarding LeBron James in practice during the pre-season, sidelining him for several weeks.[9][10] Miller officially returned to the Miami Heat lineup on December 20, 2010, in a home game against the Dallas Mavericks. Miller got his first start on January 22, 2011, due to a Dwyane Wade illness, and contributed with a season-high 32 points in a win over the Toronto Raptors. Miller averaged just 2.6 points a game in 12 minutes a game during the playoffs, with a high of 12 in game 4 against the Chicago Bulls. Miller made his first career NBA Finals appearance in the 2011 NBA Finals, which the Heat lost to the Mavericks 4–2.

During the 2011–12 season, Miller made six of six three point field goals in a victory over the San Antonio Spurs to finish with 18 points in his return to the Heat, after missing several games because of an injury.[11]

In the playoffs, Miller averaged 5.2 points per game, and scored in double figures at least once in each of the Heat's playoff series as Miami advanced to the NBA Finals to face the Oklahoma City Thunder. In game 5, Miller made seven three-pointers, setting the NBA Finals record for most three-pointers by a reserve.[12] He had not made any three-pointers in the previous four games of the series. He finished with 23 points,[13] 5 rebounds and a steal in game 5. Miami would go on to win the game and the NBA championship.

During the 2012–13 season, Miller was inserted into the starting lineup 17 times and averaged 4.8 points per game for the season. The Heat would again advance to the NBA Finals, this time against the San Antonio Spurs. Miller was inserted into the last 4 games of the Finals to help space the floor, and scored 8 points in game 6 as the Heat barely squeaked out a victory. One highlight of the game was a three-pointer he made while wearing one shoe. The Heat won the series in game 7 on June 20, 2013, giving Miller his second championship.

On July 16, 2013, Miller was waived by the Miami Heat via the amnesty clause.[14]

Second stint with Memphis Grizzlies (2013–2014)Edit

On July 30, 2013, Miller signed with the Memphis Grizzlies.[15] He saw his minutes and his importance increase with the slightly revamped Grizzlies team led by the new coach Dave Joerger. Miller played steadily for much of the season, finishing off as the only Grizzly to play all 82 regular season games and all 7 playoff games.[16]

Cleveland Cavaliers (2014–2015)Edit

On August 5, 2014, Miller signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers.[17] In Cleveland, he joined former Miami Heat teammates LeBron James and James Jones. After averaging just 1.5 points in 12 minutes per game over the first 24 games of the season, Miller made his first start for the Cavaliers on December 19, 2014 against the Brooklyn Nets as he scored 21 points on 7-of-8 three-pointers in the 95-91 win.[18] The Cavaliers made it to the 2015 NBA Finals, but they lost to the Golden State Warriors in six games.

On June 30, 2015, Miller exercised his player option with the Cavaliers for the 2016 season.[19]

On July 27, 2015, Miller was traded, along with Brendan Haywood and two future second-round draft picks, to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for cash considerations.[20] On September 28, 2015, he was waived by the Trail Blazers via a contract buyout.[21]

Denver Nuggets (2015–2017)Edit

On September 30, 2015, Miller signed with the Denver Nuggets.[22] Miller was instrumental in the early development of teammate Nikola Jokić.[23] The two players share a special friendship to go along with their mentor/mentee relationship and even share the same birthday.[24] He re-signed with the Nuggets on July 21, 2016,[25] and was waived on July 11, 2017.[26]

Coaching careerEdit

On April 12, 2018, Miller was hired as an assistant coach under Penny Hardaway at the University of Memphis.[27][28]

Personal lifeEdit

Miller and his wife, Jen, have three children: Two sons, Mason and Mavrick, and a daughter Jaelyn.[29] His daughter was born during the Heat's appearance in the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals with a serious health issue stemming from pregnancy complications; he spent the first several days of his daughter's life shuttling between practices, games, and the hospital.[30] He once owned a Java macaque named Sonny. He often tells the story in which his monkey escaped from his room: "You would always put him in his room, and then we'd lock the door, and then we'd put the dogs out, and then we'd lock the front door. Well, he found out how to unlock doors, unlocked his door, went downstairs, let the dogs in the house and opened the front door. About an hour later we got a call from our neighbors, saying, 'Your monkey is riding your dogs around the neighborhood.' ... I said, 'C'mon y'all, y'all got to get in the house."[31][32]

Let It Fly EnergyEdit

In 2012, Miller founded the Let It Fly Energy line of energy drinks and energy shots. In a 2012 Forbes article, he said he started the company because he wanted a healthy alternative energy drink for athletes.[33]

NBA career statisticsEdit

Legend
  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
Denotes seasons in which Miller won an NBA Championship

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2000–01 Orlando 82 62 29.1 .436 .407 .711 4.0 1.7 .6 .2 11.9
2001–02 Orlando 63 53 33.7 .438 .383 .762 4.3 3.1 .7 .4 15.2
2002–03 Orlando 49 39 37.3 .418 .340 .847 5.8 2.8 .7 .3 16.4
2002–03 Memphis 16 13 22.5 .510 .500 .806 3.4 1.9 .4 .3 12.8
2003–04 Memphis 65 65 27.2 .438 .372 .723 3.3 3.6 .9 .2 11.1
2004–05 Memphis 76 51 30.0 .505 .433 .720 3.9 2.9 .7 .3 13.4
2005–06 Memphis 74 9 30.6 .466 .407 .800 5.4 2.7 .7 .4 13.7
2006–07 Memphis 70 69 39.1 .460 .406 .793 5.4 4.3 .8 .3 18.5
2007–08 Memphis 70 70 35.3 .502 .432 .774 6.7 3.4 .5 .2 16.4
2008–09 Minnesota 73 47 32.3 .482 .378 .732 6.6 4.5 .4 .4 9.9
2009–10 Washington 54 50 33.4 .501 .480 .824 6.2 3.9 .7 .2 10.9
2010–11 Miami 41 2 20.4 .401 .364 .676 4.5 1.2 .5 .0 5.6
2011–12 Miami 39 2 19.3 .435 .453 .400 3.3 1.1 .4 .2 6.1
2012–13 Miami 59 17 15.3 .433 .417 .727 2.7 1.7 .4 .1 4.8
2013–14 Memphis 82 4 20.8 .481 .459 .821 2.5 1.6 .3 .1 7.1
2014–15 Cleveland 52 15 13.5 .325 .327 .750 1.8 .9 .3 .1 2.1
2015–16 Denver 47 2 7.9 .355 .365 .000 1.1 .9 .3 .1 1.3
2016–17 Denver 20 0 7.6 .391 .400 1.000 2.0 1.1 .1 .0 1.4
Career 1,032 570 26.9 .459 .407 .769 4.2 2.6 .6 .2 10.6

PlayoffsEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2001 Orlando 4 4 28.0 .396 .389 .750 4.5 1.8 .0 .8 12.0
2002 Orlando 4 1 18.0 .333 .125 1.000 1.3 1.3 1.0 .0 4.8
2004 Memphis 4 4 24.5 .353 .385 .333 3.0 .8 1.3 .0 7.5
2005 Memphis 4 4 27.5 .486 .471 1.000 2.5 2.8 .0 .8 12.0
2006 Memphis 4 1 26.8 .400 .125 1.000 3.8 1.8 .5 .5 8.5
2011 Miami 18 0 11.9 .340 .297 .000 2.7 .7 .4 .1 2.6
2012 Miami 23 0 16.0 .404 .413 .818 2.5 .7 .4 .1 5.2
2013 Miami 17 5 13.6 .467 .444 .000 1.9 .9 .5 .1 3.4
2014 Memphis 7 1 24.7 .357 .483 .778 3.7 1.3 .9 .0 7.3
2015 Cleveland 9 1 7.2 .600 .600 .000 1.1 .0 .1 .1 1.0
Career 94 21 16.5 .399 .394 .841 2.5 .9 .4 .1 4.9

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Brewer, Jerry (August 28, 2012). "Articles about Mike Miller – Orlando Sentinel". Articles.orlandosentinel.com. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
  2. ^ Grizzlies reach 144 in the 'old ball' game : Grizzlies : Commercial Appeal Archived September 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ ESPN – Golden State vs. Memphis Recap, January 03, 2007
  4. ^ ESPN – Elias Says ... Arenas gone wild – ESPN
  5. ^ databaseBasketball.com – NBA Basketball Statistics, Draft, Awards, and History Archived October 23, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Miller scores franchise-record 45 pts. in Grizzlies loss
  7. ^ Mayo heads to Memphis, Love to Minnesota in blockbuster trade
  8. ^ "Source: Deal sends Minnesota Timberwolves' Randy Foye, Mike Miller to Washington Wizards". ESPN. June 24, 2009. Retrieved December 18, 2010.
  9. ^ "Miller injured thumb trying to guard James". Yahoo! Sports. Associated Press. October 24, 2010. Retrieved October 24, 2010.
  10. ^ Joseph Goodman (October 24, 2010). "Miller close to returning". Miami Herald. Retrieved December 18, 2010.
  11. ^ 2011–12 Season vs San Antonio
  12. ^ "Heat G Miller says he has tough decision to make". Associated Press. Gainesville Sun. June 22, 2012. Retrieved on June 23, 2012.
  13. ^ Heat's Mike Miller shines in potentially his last game
  14. ^ "HEAT Waive Mike Miller". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. July 16, 2013. Retrieved July 16, 2013.
  15. ^ Grizzlies sign, re-introduce 3-point specialist Miller
  16. ^ Mike Miller 2013-14 Game Log
  17. ^ "Cavaliers Sign Mike Miller and James Jones". NBA.com (Press release). Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. August 5, 2014. Archived from the original on June 27, 2016. Retrieved August 5, 2014.
  18. ^ James, Miller lead Cavaliers over Nets 95-91
  19. ^ "Mike Miller Exercises 2015-16 Player Option". NBA.com. June 30, 2015. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
  20. ^ "Trail Blazers Acquire Brendan Haywood, Mike Miller and Draft Picks from Cleveland". NBA.com. July 27, 2015. Retrieved July 27, 2015.
  21. ^ Mutoni, Marcel (September 28, 2015). "Portland Trail Blazers Buyout Mike Miller". SlamOnline.com. Retrieved September 30, 2015.
  22. ^ "Nuggets sign sharpshooter forward Mike Miller". NBA.com. September 30, 2015. Retrieved September 30, 2015.
  23. ^ "Nuggets' Mike Miller: I "see a lot of the Gasol brothers" in Nikola Jokic". denverite.com. November 8, 2016. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  24. ^ "Nikola Jokic and Mike Miller: The Birthday Boys". nugglove.com. February 19, 2017. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  25. ^ "Denver Nuggets Re-Sign Mike Miller". NBA.com. July 21, 2016. Retrieved July 21, 2016.
  26. ^ Kosminder, Nick (July 11, 2017). "Nuggets waive veteran guard Mike Miller". DenverPost.com. Retrieved July 11, 2017.
  27. ^ Parrish, Gary (April 5, 2018). "Penny Hardaway hires NBA champion Mike Miller for Memphis staff; Larry Brown next?". cbssports.com. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  28. ^ "Memphis hires Mike Miller as Penny Hardaway's assistant coach". Sportando.basketball. April 14, 2018. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  29. ^ NBA.com : Mike Miller Bio Page Archived January 4, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  30. ^ Wallace, Michael (May 25, 2011). "Heat's Mike Miller thinking of daughter". Miami Heat Index. ESPN.com. Retrieved May 26, 2011.
  31. ^ Steinberg, Dan (July 16, 2009). "On Mike Miller's Pet Monkey, and His Jump Shot". Washington Post. Retrieved December 18, 2010.
  32. ^ Christie Huckeba. "Mike Miller Monkeys Around". NBA.com. Retrieved December 18, 2010.
  33. ^ Miami Heat's Mike Miller Launches 'Let it Fly' Energy Drink Publicly

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