Paul Millsap (born February 10, 1985) is an American professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). A power forward from Louisiana Tech University, Millsap was selected by the Utah Jazz in the second round (47th overall) of the 2006 NBA draft and was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team. He played in Utah until 2013, when he became a member of the Hawks. He is a four-time NBA All-Star.
Millsap with the Hawks in April 2017
|No. 4 – Denver Nuggets|
|Born||February 10, 1985|
|Listed height||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)|
|Listed weight||246 lb (112 kg)|
|High school||Grambling (Grambling, Louisiana)|
|College||Louisiana Tech (2003–2006)|
|NBA draft||2006 / Round: 2 / Pick: 47th overall|
|Selected by the Utah Jazz|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
High school and college careerEdit
Millsap attended Grambling High School, where he played for the Grambling Kittens high school basketball team. He was named a fourth-team Parade All-American. Considered a three-star recruit by 247Sports.com, Millsap was listed as the No. 31 power forward and the No. 115 player in the nation in 2003.
In his three-year career at Louisiana Tech, Millsap averaged 18.6 points, 12.7 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 92 games. He became the only player in NCAA basketball history to lead the nation in rebounding for three consecutive years. Following his junior season in 2005–06, he declared for the NBA draft.
Utah Jazz (2006–2013)Edit
Millsap was selected by the Utah Jazz with the 47th overall pick in the 2006 NBA draft, and later signed his rookie scale contract with the Jazz on August 2, 2006. In late 2006, some sports journalists were referring to Millsap as a potential Rookie of the Year candidate, an award not traditionally given to players taken so late in the draft. Though the award ultimately went to Brandon Roy, Millsap had a strong first season, leading all rookies with six double-doubles. He finished the 2006–07 season with averages of around 7 points per game, 5 rebounds per game, nearly one steal and one block; he had season-highs of 20 points, 17 rebounds, 4 blocks, 4 steals, 3 assists, and 38 minutes. He played in all 82 of Utah's games. Early in the 2007–08 season, Millsap achieved a new career-high of 24 points during a win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. He later extended his career-high to 28 points against the Orlando Magic in late December 2007. His next career-high came in December 2008 against the Boston Celtics when he scored 32 points. Millsap had played in 194 straight games since being drafted by the Jazz in 2006; he missed his first game of his professional career on December 26, 2008 against the Dallas Mavericks due to a sprained posterior cruciate ligament injury in his knee suffered against the Milwaukee Bucks three days prior.
During the 2008–09 season, Millsap became the replacement for Carlos Boozer after the all-star forward suffered multiple injuries. Millsap's numbers subsequently soared, as he averaged 15.9 points and 10.3 rebounds over 38 starts mid-season.
On June 25, 2009, the Jazz tendered a qualifying offer to Millsap, making him a restricted free agent. A few weeks later, on July 10, 2009, he signed an offer sheet from the Portland Trail Blazers for $32 million over four years, including $6.2 million in the 2009–10 season, with a $5.6 million signing bonus, with $10.3 million to be paid within seven days of the contract's approval by the NBA. The Jazz had the right to match the offer, and did so seven days later, on July 17, 2009.
Millsap became Utah's permanent starting power forward in 2010–11 after Boozer joined the Chicago Bulls. Millsap started alongside newly acquired center Al Jefferson. On November 9, 2010, Millsap scored a career-high 46 points in a 116–114 overtime win over the Miami Heat. Millsap scored 11 points in 28 seconds at the end of regulation, including three three-pointers, one more than he had made in his entire career before then. He also hit a buzzer-beater to force overtime.
Atlanta Hawks (2013–2017)Edit
On July 10, 2013, after spending the first seven years of his career with the Jazz, Millsap signed a two-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks. On January 30, 2014, Millsap was voted by the coaches to be a reserve on the 2014 East All-Star team. On March 18, 2014, Millsap recorded his first career triple-double with 19 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in a 118–113 overtime win over the Toronto Raptors.
On January 29, 2015, Millsap earned his second consecutive All-Star nod as a reserve for the Eastern Conference in the 2015 NBA All-Star Game. The Hawks sent four players to the All-Star game, all of whom were selected as reserves. He went on to help the Hawks finish with a 60–22 record in 2014–15, the team's best finish since 1993–94. They made it through to the Eastern Conference Finals where they were swept 4–0 by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
On July 9, 2015, Millsap re-signed with the Hawks to a three-year, $59 million contract. On January 16, 2016, he scored 21 points against the Brooklyn Nets to move past 10,000 for his career. On January 28, he earned his third consecutive All-Star nod as a reserve for the Eastern Conference in the 2016 NBA All-Star Game. On April 9, 2016, he recorded a season-high 31 points and 16 rebounds in a 118–107 win over the Boston Celtics. The Hawks finished the regular season as the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference with a 48–34 record. In the first round of the playoffs, the Hawks faced the fifth-seeded Boston Celtics, and in a Game 4 loss on April 24, Millsap scored 45 points – a career playoff high and one off his all-time best – and added 13 rebounds. The loss tied the series at 2–2. The Hawks went on to defeat the Celtics in six games and moved on to the semi-finals, where they were defeated in four games by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
In the Hawks' season opener on October 27, 2016, Millsap scored a game-high 28 points on 11-of-20 shooting in a 114–99 win over the Washington Wizards. On December 19, 2016, he scored a season-high 30 points, including the go-ahead 10-footer with 12.7 seconds left, to help the Hawks defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder 110–108. On January 1, 2017, he set a new season high with 32 points and had 13 rebounds in a 114–112 overtime win over the San Antonio Spurs, helping the Hawks snap a string of 11 straight losses to San Antonio since 2010. On January 26, he was named an Eastern Conference All-Star reserve for the 2017 NBA All-Star Game, earning his fourth straight All-Star nod. Three days later, he had a season-high 37 points, including the go-ahead layup with 27 seconds remaining in the fourth overtime, to lead the Hawks to a 142–139 win over the New York Knicks. He also had 19 rebounds, setting another season high, and seven assists.
Denver Nuggets (2017–present)Edit
On July 13, 2017, Millsap signed a three-year, $90 million contract with the Denver Nuggets. In his debut for the Nuggets in their season opener on October 18, 2017, Millsap scored 19 points in a 106–96 loss to his former team, the Utah Jazz. On November 21, 2017, he was ruled out indefinitely after sustaining a left wrist injury. Five days later, he underwent successful reconstructive surgery on his left wrist, ruling him out for several months. He returned to action on February 27, 2018 against the Los Angeles Clippers, recording nine points and seven rebounds in 23½ minutes in a 122–120 loss. On March 30, 2018, he scored a season-high 36 points to help the Nuggets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 126–125 in overtime.
On December 3, 2018, Millsap was named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played from Monday November 26 to Sunday December 2. It was his third career player of the week award and became the 18th Nugget in franchise history to win the award. Four days later, against the Charlotte Hornets, Millsap suffered a broken toe in his right foot. He subsequently missed eight games. On February 13, 2019, he matched a season high with 25 points in a 120–118 win over the Sacramento Kings. On March 14, he set a new season high with 33 points in a 100–99 win over the Dallas Mavericks.
Awards and honorsEdit
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|
- Paul Millsap, Louisiana Tech, Power Forward – 247sports.com
- Paul Millsap Stats
- "Rookie report: Disappointments and a surprise ROY". Retrieved December 9, 2006.
- Millsap nets career-high 28 as Magic booed in home loss to Jazz
- Paul Millsap 2008–09 Game Log
- "Jazz Makes Qualifying Offer to Millsap". NBA.com. June 26, 2009. Retrieved July 12, 2009.
- "Blazers sign Paul Millsap to offer sheet". NBA.com. July 12, 2009. Retrieved July 13, 2009.
- Siler, Paul (July 17, 2009). "Jazz to match Millsap offer". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved July 17, 2009.
- "Recap: 2010-11-09 Miami Heat".
- Brian, Windhorst (July 5, 2013). "Sources: Paul Millsap, Hawks agree". ESPN. Retrieved October 15, 2013.
- "HAWKS SIGN FORWARD PAUL MILLSAP". NBA.com. July 10, 2013. Retrieved October 15, 2013.
- HAWKS FORWARD PAUL MILLSAP SELECTED AS NBA EASTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STAR RESERVE
- Notebook: Hawks 118, Raptors 113 (OT)
- "Al Horford, Paul Millsap and Jeff Teague Named Eastern Conference All-Stars". NBA.com. January 29, 2015. Retrieved January 31, 2015.
- Playoffs Give Atlanta Hawks Ability to Cement Best Season in Franchise History
- "Two-Time All-Star Paul Millsap Re-Signs With The Hawks". NBA.com. July 9, 2015. Retrieved July 13, 2015.
- Broussard, Chris (July 1, 2015). "Sources: Paul Millsap, Hawks agree to 3-year, $59M contract". ESPN. Retrieved July 9, 2015.
- Millsap leads Hawks past Nets 114–86 to snap 2-game skid
- Paul Millsap Named to 2016 Eastern Conference All-Star Team
- Millsap, Teague power Hawks past Celtics 118–107
- Celtics beat Hawks 104–95 in OT, series tied 2–2
- "Howard, Millsap, Hardaway lead Hawks past Wizards 114–99". ESPN.com. October 27, 2016. Retrieved October 27, 2016.
- "Hawks overcome Westbrook's 46 to beat Thunder 110–108". ESPN.com. December 19, 2016. Retrieved December 19, 2016.
- "Hardaway powers Hawks to long-awaited OT win over Spurs". ESPN.com. January 1, 2017. Retrieved January 2, 2017.
- Whitaker, Lang (January 26, 2017). "Warriors, Cavaliers dominate selections for NBA All-Star 2017 as reserves are revealed". NBA.com. Retrieved January 27, 2017.
- "Paul Millsap (37 points) fuels Hawks past Knicks in 4-overtime game". ESPN.com. January 29, 2017. Retrieved January 29, 2017.
- "Nuggets Sign Free Agent Paul Millsap". NBA.com. July 13, 2017. Retrieved July 13, 2017.
- "Paul Millsap agrees to 3-year, $90 million deal with Denver Nuggets". usatoday.com. July 2, 2017. Retrieved July 2, 2017.
- "Burks takes over in 4th, Jazz beat Nuggets 106–96". ESPN.com. October 18, 2017. Retrieved October 18, 2017.
- "Report: Denver Nuggets' Paul Millsap to undergo surgery on left wrist". NBA.com. November 21, 2017. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
- "Paul Millsap Injury Update". NBA.com. November 26, 2017. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
- "Williams helps Clippers rally from 19 down to beat Nuggets". ESPN.com. February 27, 2018. Retrieved February 28, 2018.
- "Millsap scores 36 as Nuggets top Thunder 126–125 in OT". ESPN.com. March 30, 2018. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
- "Paul Millsap Named NBA Western Conference Player of the Week". NBA.com. December 3, 2018. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
- "Report: Nuggets forward Paul Millsap suffered broken toe". NBA.com. December 7, 2018. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
- "Murray scores 46, hits 9 3s as Nuggets hold off Suns 122–118". ESPN.com. December 29, 2018. Retrieved December 30, 2018.
F Paul Millsap returned to action after missing the past eight games with a broken right big toe.
- "Jokic tips in winner as Nuggets beat Kings 120–118". ESPN.com. February 13, 2019. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
- "Jokic hits buzzer-beater to lift Nuggets over Mavs 100–99". ESPN.com. March 14, 2019. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
- Jazz sign Elijah Millsap to multiyear deal