Millsap in 2013 with the Atlanta Hawks
|No. 4 – Atlanta Hawks|
February 10, 1985 |
|Listed height||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)|
|Listed weight||253 lb (115 kg)|
|High school||Grambling Laboratory
|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|
Paul Millsap (born February 10, 1985) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). As a 6'8", 253 pound power forward from Louisiana Tech University, Millsap was selected by the Utah Jazz in the second round (47th overall) of the 2006 NBA Draft. He was an early entrant to the draft as a junior. He was the only player in NCAA basketball history to lead the nation in rebounding for three consecutive years. He played in Utah until 2013, when he became a member of the Atlanta Hawks.
Utah Jazz (2006–2013)
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 would ultimately go 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 against 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 on December 23, 2008.
Millsap was Jazz all-star forward Carlos Boozer's replacement during much of the 2008–2009 season (Boozer suffered a quadriceps injury and later a severe knee injury that led to surgery). His numbers soared, as he averaged 15.5 points per game on 56% shooting, and 9.5 rebounds.
At the start of the 2010–11 season, Millsap was awarded a full-time starting position at power forward after long-time starter Boozer left Utah to join the Chicago Bulls during free agency of summer 2010. He started alongside newly acquired center Al Jefferson, who came to Utah via trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves. On November 9, 2010, he scored a career-high 46 points against the Miami Heat in a 116-114 overtime victory after coming back from a 22-point deficit. 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. It marked the first home loss for the newly assembled Heat trio of Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh.
Atlanta Hawks (2013–present)
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.
After being drafted 47th overall in the 2006 NBA Draft, Millsap signed a 3 year, $2.11 million contract on August 2, 2006.
Following the 2008–2009 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 2009–2010 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 ("right of first refusal"), and did so seven days later, on July 17, 2009.
On July 10, 2013, after having his free agent rights renounced by his former team, the Utah Jazz, Millsap signed a two-year, $19 million contract with the Atlanta Hawks.
Awards and honors
- Louisiana Mr. Basketball: 2003
- NBA All-Rookie Second Team: 2007
- Louisiana Tech University Athletic Hall of Fame: 2011
- NBA All-Star: 2014
NBA career statistics
|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|
- "Rookie report: Disappointments and a surprise ROY". Retrieved 2006-12-09.
- Millsap nets career-high 28 as Magic booed in home loss to Jazz
- "Recap: 2010-11-09 Miami Heat".
- Brian, Windhorst (July 5, 2013). "Sources: Paul Millsap, Hawks agree". ESPN.com. 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)
- "Jazz Makes Qualifying Offer to Millsap". NBA.com. 2009-06-26. Retrieved 2009-07-12.
- "Blazers sign Paul Millsap to offer sheet". NBA.com. 2009-07-12. Retrieved 2009-07-13.
- Siler, Paul (2009-07-17). "Jazz to match Millsap offer". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 2009-07-17.
- Career statistics and player information from NBA.com
- Paul Millsap at Basketball-Reference.com
- ESPN.com Profile
- Yahoo!.com Profile