Michael Lloyd Miller (born February 19, 1980) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Miami Heat 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 Memphis Grizzlies, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Washington Wizards. Miller won his first NBA title in 2012. He was named the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2001, and the NBA Sixth Man of the Year in 2006.
Early career 
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 
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. The two previous games Miller hit seven threes. This made him the first NBA player to hit at least seven three-pointers in three consecutive games since the Dallas Mavericks' George McCloud achieved it in 1996. 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. After the 2006–07 NBA season, Miller was announced as a member of the USA Basketball team.
Minnesota Timberwolves 
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.
Washington Wizards 
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. Miller suffered a shoulder injury and missed a few games during the early part of the 2009–10 NBA season.
Miami Heat 
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. 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.
On January 17, 2012, 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.
In Game 5 of the 2012 NBA Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Miller made seven three-pointers, setting the NBA Finals record for most three-pointers by a reserve. He had not made any three-pointers in the previous four games of the series. He finished with 23 points, 5 rebounds and a steal in Game 5. Miami would go on to win the NBA championship in five games.
Personal life 
Mike and his wife, Jen, have three kids: two sons, Mason and Mavrick, and a daughter, Jaelyn. 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. Miller is an avid lover of animals. He owns three dogs: a Weimaraner named Zeke and two Great Danes, Domino and Rookie. He also has an aquarium filled with exotic fish, and 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."
NBA career statistics 
Regular season 
See also 
- ^ Miller signs five-year deal with Heat
- ^ Grizzlies reach 144 in the 'old ball' game : Grizzlies : Commercial Appeal
- ^ ESPN – Golden State vs. Memphis Recap, January 03, 2007
- ^ ESPN – Elias Says ... Arenas gone wild – ESPN
- ^ databaseBasketball.com – NBA Basketball Statistics, Draft, Awards, and History
- ^ Miller scores franchise-record 45 pts. in Grizzlies loss
- ^ Mayo heads to Memphis, Love to Minnesota in blockbuster trade
- ^ "Source: Deal sends Minnesota Timberwolves' Randy Foye, Mike Miller to Washington Wizards". ESPN. 2009-06-24. Retrieved 2010-12-18.
- ^ "Miller injured thumb trying to guard James". Yahoo Sports. Associated Press. October 24, 2010. Retrieved 24 October 2010.
- ^ Joseph Goodman (October 24, 2010). "Miller close to returning". Miami Herald. Retrieved 18 December 2010.
- ^ 2011–12 Season vs San Antonio
- ^ "Heat G Miller says he has tough decision to make". Associated Press. Gainesville Sun. June 22, 2012. Retrieved on June 23, 2012.
- ^ Heat's Mike Miller shines in potentially his last game
- ^ NBA.com : Mike Miller Bio Page
- ^ Wallace, Michael (May 25, 2011). "Heat's Mike Miller thinking of daughter". Miami Heat Index. ESPN.com. Retrieved May 26, 2011.
- ^ Steinberg, Dan (July 16, 2009). "On Mike Miller's Pet Monkey, and His Jump Shot". Washington Post. Retrieved 2010-12-18.
- ^ Christie Huckeba (2010-01-26). "Mike Miller Monkeys Around". NBA.com. Retrieved 2010-12-18.
External links 
- Career statistics and player information from NBA.com