Miller with the Pelicans in 2017
|No. 21 – New Orleans Pelicans|
|Born||March 21, 1990|
|Listed height||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Listed weight||225 lb (102 kg)|
|High school||Mason County (Maysville, Kentucky)|
|NBA draft||2012 / Round: 2 / Pick: 46th overall|
|Selected by the New Orleans Hornets|
|2012–2014||New Orleans Hornets / Pelicans|
|2017–present||New Orleans Pelicans|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Darius Tiyon Miller (born March 21, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Kentucky Wildcats and finished his senior season by winning the 2012 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament on the 2011–12 Kentucky Wildcats team.
High school career
Miller attended Mason County High School, where he averaged 19.9 points, 7.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.9 steals per game and led the team to a state championship in 2008. After his senior season in high school, Miller was named the KHSAA's men's basketball player of the year, commonly known as "Kentucky Mr. Basketball".
Following Kentucky's 2012 national championship win, Miller was chosen to present a commemorative Kentucky jersey and championship ring to President Barack Obama during the team's visit to the White House on May 4, 2012. During the visit, Obama noted that Miller is the only player from Kentucky to have been named Kentucky's "Mr. Basketball" (high school player of the year in the state), win a KHSAA state championship (Mason County High School) and claim an NCAA title with the University of Kentucky.
Miller finished his college career having played more games for the University of Kentucky than any other player. The Wildcats' championship game and Miller's last collegiate match was his 152nd appearance for the team, surpassing Wayne Turner's previous record of 151 games. He and Deon Thompson of North Carolina are currently tied for fourth place in career games in NCAA Division I men's play, and have the most games among those who played in exactly four seasons.
New Orleans Hornets / Pelicans (2012–2014)
Miller was selected with the 46th overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft by the New Orleans Hornets. On August 22, 2012, he signed a multi-year deal with the Hornets. On December 31, 2012, Miller was assigned to the Iowa Energy. On January 27, 2013, he was recalled by the Hornets. In April 2013, the Hornets were renamed the Pelicans.
On January 16, 2015, Miller was opted over another D-League player for a position on the Clippers.
Brose Bamberg (2015–2017)
On February 24, 2015, Miller signed with Brose Bamberg of Germany for the rest of the 2014–15 season. On July 28, 2015, he re-signed with Brose Baskets for one more season. On June 7, 2016, he signed a two-year contract extension with Bamberg. On July 19, 2017, he parted ways with Bamberg in order to return to the NBA.
Second stint with New Orleans Pelicans (2017–present)
On July 27, 2017, Miller signed with the New Orleans Pelicans, returning to the franchise for a second stint. On November 13, 2017, he scored a career-high 21 points in a 106–105 win over the Atlanta Hawks.
On December 31, 2018, Miller scored 13 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter of the Pelicans' 123–114 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. On January 24, 2019, he matched a career high with 21 points in a 122–116 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. On July 3, 2019, after becoming a free agent he signed a two year contract with the New Orleans Pelicans, a two year deal worth $14.25 million. On August 29, 2019, the Pelicans announced that Miller would be out indefinitely after undergoing surgery to repair a ruptured right Achilles tendon.
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|
National team career
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- "Brose Baskets completes roster with Miller". Euroleague.net. July 28, 2015. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
- "Brose Baskets Bamberg signs Darius Miller to a two-year contract extension". Sportando.com. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
- "Causeur und Miller verlassen Brose Bamberg" [Causeur and Miller leave Brose Bamberg]. BroseBamberg.de (in German). July 18, 2017. Archived from the original on July 31, 2017. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
Fabien Causeur und Darius Miller verlassen Brose Bamberg. Sie machen von ihrer im Vertrag verankerten Ausstiegsklausel Gebrauch, die gegen Leistung einer Ablösesumme umgesetzt werden kann.
- "Pelicans Sign Darius Miller". NBA.com. July 27, 2017. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
- "Miller's late 3s rescue Pelicans in 106-105 win over Hawks". ESPN.com. November 13, 2017. Retrieved November 13, 2017.
- "Randle, Miller lead Pelicans past Wolves, 123-114". ESPN.com. December 31, 2018. Retrieved January 1, 2019.
- "Westbrook's 15th triple-double leads Thunder past Pelicans". ESPN.com. January 24, 2019. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
- "Darius Miller Medical Update". NBA.com. August 29, 2019. Retrieved August 29, 2019.
- "Darius Miller profile, FIBA U19 World Championship for Men 2009 - FIBA.COM". FIBA.com. Retrieved July 25, 2017.