Kelly Miller (basketball)

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Kelly Miller
Kelly Miller WNBA.jpg
WNBA's Free agent
Guard
Born (1978-09-06) September 6, 1978 (age 35)
Rochester, Minnesota
Nationality United States American
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 140 lb (64 kg)
College Georgia
Draft 2nd overall, 2001
Charlotte Sting
WNBA career 2001–present
Profile WNBA player profile
WNBA teams
Charlotte Sting (2001–2003)
Indiana Fever (2004–2005)
Phoenix Mercury (2006–2008)
Minnesota Lynx (2009)
Atlanta Dream (2010)
Washington Mystics (2011)
New York Liberty (2012)

Kelly Miller (born September 6, 1978 in Rochester, Minnesota) is a professional basketball player who most recently played for the New York Liberty. She is the identical twin sister of fellow basketball player Coco Miller.

Early years[edit]

Although Kelly initially was interested in playing soccer and not basketball at high school, soon she joined her sister Coco and they made it to a championship in New York, where they lost in the finals. They also helped their school go 27–0 and win the Minnesota state's class 4A championship. Miller was named a WBCA All-American.[1] She participated in the WBCA High School All-America Game where she scored thirteen points.[2]

College years[edit]

The twins went to University of Georgia, where they both majored in biology and won a series of awards, including the James E. Sullivan Award, given to the nation's top amateur athlete. They earned that award in 1999, becoming the first pair of twins to earn the award, and joining such luminaries as Carl Lewis, Greg Louganis, Bill Walton, Bill Bradley, Kurt Thomas, Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Janet Evans as recipients of the award.

Kelly ranked second in points among University of Georgia women players with 2,177; second in assists with 639; fourth in steals with 379 and tenth in rebounds with 711. She is the only player in UGA women's basketball to rank among the top ten in points, assists, steals and rebounds. She became the third player in that university's history to pass over 2,000 points, and the third player in the Southeastern Conference's (SEC) history to garner "Player of the Week" awards three weeks in a row.

USA Basketball[edit]

Miller played on the team presenting the USA at the 1999 World University Games held in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. The team had a 4–2 record and earned the silver medal. Miller averaged 10.2 points per game.[3]

WNBA career[edit]

In 2001 both Kelly and Coco both entered the WNBA Draft. Kelly was selected by the Charlotte Sting 2nd overall in the 1st round, where she averaged 4.6 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game in her rookie year.

Kelly spent three seasons with the Sting as a utility player before she was traded to the Indiana Fever prior to the 2004 season. It was with the Fever that Kelly finally became a first-string player on the team, starting on all 34 games she played in the 2004 season.

After the 2005 season ended, Kelly was traded to the Phoenix Mercury, in exchange for Anna DeForge.

On January 30, 2009 Miller was traded along with LaToya Pringle to the Minnesota Lynx for Nicole Ohlde.

NWBL career[edit]

After the 2002 WNBA season, both sisters played for the Birmingham Power of the National Women's Basketball League (NWBL).

International career[edit]

Vital statistics[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Past WBCA HS Coaches' All-America Teams". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Retrieved 1 Jul 2014. 
  2. ^ "WBCA High School All-America Game Box Scores". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Retrieved 29 Jun 2014. 
  3. ^ "NINETEENTH WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES -- 1999". USA Basketball. Retrieved 22 Oct 2013. 

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