Mike Miller (basketball player)

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Mike Miller
Mike Miller.jpg
Miller during his tenure with the Washington Wizards.
No. 13 – Memphis Grizzlies
Position Small forward / Shooting guard
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1980-02-19) February 19, 1980 (age 34)
Mitchell, South Dakota
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (203 cm)
Listed weight 218 lb (99 kg)
Career information
High school Mitchell (Mitchell, South Dakota)
College Florida (1998–2000)
NBA draft 2000 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall
Selected by the Orlando Magic
Pro playing career 2000–present
Career history
20002003 Orlando Magic
20032008 Memphis Grizzlies
2008–2009 Minnesota Timberwolves
2009–2010 Washington Wizards
20102013 Miami Heat
2013–present Memphis Grizzlies
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com

Michael Lloyd "Mike" Miller (born February 19, 1980) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the University of Florida, and was selected by the Orlando Magic in the first round of the 2000 NBA Draft. He has also played for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Washington Wizards, and Miami Heat. 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 titles with the Miami Heat in 2012 and 2013. He is a swingman who is primarily a three-point specialist.[1]

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Known for his ability to hit the three-pointer, he attended the University of Florida from 1998 until 2000. As a sophomore, Miller led the Gators to the 2000 NCAA Championship game, losing to Michigan State. He hit perhaps the most dramatic shot of the tournament that year in the opening round against Butler. As the fifth-seeded Gators trailed the underdog Bulldogs by one, Miller drove to the basket and laid it in as time expired. That summer, he was taken with the 5th overall pick in the 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.

Memphis Grizzlies[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 ppg 5.4 rpg 2.7 apg 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[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 Jaric, Antoine Walker, Greg Buckner and the 3rd pick O. J. Mayo.[7]

Washington Wizards[edit]

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

Miami Heat[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.

During the 2011-2012 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 2012-2013 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]

Return to Grizzlies[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 lead by the new coach Dave Joerger. Miller has played steadily for much throughout the season, and he saw the most minutes per game in recent career plagued with injuries. What's even more interesting is that Mike Miller was the only Grizzlies player in the season that has played all games.

Let It Fly Energy[edit]

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.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Miller and his wife, Jen, have three children: two sons, Mason and Maverick, and a daughter, Jaelyn.[17] 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.[18] 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."[19][20]

NBA career statistics[edit]

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

Regular season[edit]

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
Career 831 549 29.9 .461 .406 .767 4.8 2.9 .6 .3 12.3

Playoffs[edit]

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
Career 78 19 16.8 .401 .377 .857 2.6 1.0 .4 .2 5.2

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brewer, Jerry (2012-08-28). "Articles about Mike Miller - Orlando Sentinel". Articles.orlandosentinel.com. Retrieved 2013-07-17. 
  2. ^ Grizzlies reach 144 in the 'old ball' game : Grizzlies : Commercial Appeal
  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
  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. 2009-06-24. Retrieved 2010-12-18. 
  9. ^ "Miller injured thumb trying to guard James". Yahoo Sports. Associated Press. October 24, 2010. Retrieved 24 October 2010. 
  10. ^ Joseph Goodman (October 24, 2010). "Miller close to returning". Miami Herald. Retrieved 18 December 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. ^ Miami Heat's Mike Miller Launches 'Let it Fly' Energy Drink Publicly
  17. ^ NBA.com : Mike Miller Bio Page
  18. ^ Wallace, Michael (May 25, 2011). "Heat's Mike Miller thinking of daughter". Miami Heat Index. ESPN.com. Retrieved May 26, 2011. 
  19. ^ Steinberg, Dan (July 16, 2009). "On Mike Miller's Pet Monkey, and His Jump Shot". Washington Post. Retrieved 2010-12-18. 
  20. ^ Christie Huckeba. "Mike Miller Monkeys Around". NBA.com. Retrieved 2010-12-18. 

External links[edit]

  • Career statistics and player information from NBA.com