Oliver Miller

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Oliver Miller
No. 25, 30, 2, 8, 3
Center
Personal information
Born (1970-04-06) April 6, 1970 (age 44)
Fort Worth, Texas
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 315 lb (143 kg)
Career information
High school Southwest (Fort Worth, Texas)
College Arkansas (1988–1992)
NBA draft 1992 / Round: 1 / Pick: 22nd overall
Selected by the Phoenix Suns
Pro career 1992–2010
Career history
19921994 Phoenix Suns
1994–1995 Detroit Pistons
1995–1996 Toronto Raptors
1996–1997 Dallas Mavericks
1997–1998 Toronto Raptors
1998–1999 Iraklio (Greece)
1999 Sacramento Kings
1999–2000 Phoenix Suns
2000–2001 Znicz Pruszków (Poland)
2002 Southern California Surf (ABA)
2002 Gary Steelheads (IBL)
2002 Dodge City Legend (USBL)
2002–2003 Gary Steelheads (IBL)
2003 Dakota Wizards (CBA)
2003 Indios de Mayagüez (Puerto Rico)
2003 Fujian Xunxing (China)
2003–2004 Minnesota Timberwolves
2004 Dakota Wizards (CBA)
2004–2005 Texas Tycoons (ABA)
2005 Arkansas RimRockers (ABA)
2006–2007 Arkansas Rivercatz (ABA)
2010 Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry (PBL)
Career NBA statistics
Points 3,625 (7.4 ppg)
Rebounds 2,893 (5.9 rpg)
Blocks 758 (1.5 bpg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Oliver J. Miller (born April 6, 1970) is an American retired professional basketball player.

Career[edit]

After graduating from the University of Arkansas, Miller, who is known as "The Big O" because of his large size (6-foot-9, over 300 pounds), was selected by the Phoenix Suns as the 22nd overall pick of the 1992 NBA Draft. He went on to play for various NBA teams over his eight-year career, including the Suns (1992–94, 1999–2000), Detroit Pistons (1994–95), Toronto Raptors (1995–96 and 1997–98), Dallas Mavericks (1996–97) and Sacramento Kings (1998–99). He was signed by the Indiana Pacers during the 2002 pre-season but was waived before the regular season began.

Miller was known as a talented center with good passing skills, averaging 12.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.9 blocks and 1.4 steals per game at his peak (1995–96). However, he was also notorious for his weight problems. In the beginning of his career, he was officially listed at 280 lb, but in the later years of his NBA career he ballooned to well over 300 lb, seriously reducing his mobility and stamina.

Following his initial stint in the NBA, Miller moved overseas, joining Iraklio BC in Greece for the 1998–99 season, before signing with the Kings in February 1999 to play in 4 games. He spent the next season back with the Suns, playing in 51 games. After the season, Miller became a bit of a basketball vagabond, joining the Harlem Globetrotters for the first of two stints with the team, then Pruszkow in Poland and back to the Globetrotters.

In December 2001, after another brief term with the Globetrotters, Miller was released for showing "no appreciation for what it takes mentally and physically to be a Harlem Globetrotter".[1] In January 2002 he signed with Roseto of Italy but did not play there, and then joined the Continental Basketball Association with the Gary Steelheads before moving to the competing American Basketball Association's Southern California Surf and the USBL's Dodge City Legend. He returned to the Steelheads in October 2002, and was traded to the Dakota Wizards in February 2003.

In the 2003–04 season, Miller made a comeback with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Despite being listed at 315 lb,[2] he was still able to play an average of 10 minutes a game off the bench in his last NBA season.

After a stint in Puerto Rico, Miller returned to the Wizards in October 2004 and next played with the Texas Tycoons in the ABA until February 2005. He then played in 2005 for the Arkansas RimRockers in the ABA.

After his stint in the ABA, Miller was signed to the Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry of the Premier Basketball League. He was signed March 15, 2010 and released in December.[3]

Conviction[edit]

In April 2011, he was accused of pistol-whipping a man during an altercation at a barbecue cookout in Arnold, Maryland. He was arrested and charged with first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, possessing a handgun, using a handgun in a violent crime, possessing a handgun in a vehicle and disorderly conduct, among other charges.[4]

On November 1, 2011, Oliver Miller pled guilty in Anne Arundel County to first degree assault and possessing a handgun.[5] He was sentenced on February 3, 2012 to a year in the Anne Arundel County jail (a five-year sentence with four years suspended), followed by five years of probation.[6]

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