Paul Millsap

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Paul Millsap
Paul Millsap Atlanta Hawks cropped.jpg
Millsap in 2014 with the Atlanta Hawks
No. 4 – Atlanta Hawks
Position Power forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1985-02-10) February 10, 1985 (age 30)
Monroe, Louisiana
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 253 lb (115 kg)
Career information
High school Grambling (Grambling, Louisiana)
College Louisiana Tech (2003–2006)
NBA draft 2006 / Round: 2 / Pick: 47th overall
Selected by the Utah Jazz
Pro career 2006–present
Career history
20062013 Utah Jazz
2013–present Atlanta Hawks
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 played in Utah until 2013, when he became a member of the Atlanta Hawks.

High school and college career[edit]

Millsap attended Grambling High School, where he played for the Grambling Kittens high school basketball team. Considered a three-star recruit by 247Sports.com, Millsap was listed as the No. 31 power forward and the No. 115 player in the nation in 2003.[1]

In his three-year career at Louisiana Tech, Millsap averaged 18.6 points, 12.7 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 92 games. He became the only player in NCAA basketball history to lead the nation in rebounding for three consecutive years.[2] Following his junior season in 2005–06, he declared for the NBA draft.

NBA career[edit]

Utah Jazz (2006–2013)[edit]

Millsap was selected by the Utah Jazz with the 47th overall pick in the 2006 NBA draft, and later signed his rookie scale contract with the Jazz on August 2, 2006. In late 2006, some sports journalists were referring to Millsap as a potential Rookie of the Year candidate,[3] an award not traditionally given to players taken so late in the draft. Though the award ultimately went 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 over 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 three days prior.[4]

During the 2008–09 season, Millsap became the replacement for Carlos Boozer after the all-star forward suffered multiple injuries. Millsap's numbers subsequently soared, as he averaged 15.9 points and 10.3 rebounds over 38 starts mid-season.[5]

On June 25, 2009, the Jazz tendered a qualifying offer to Millsap, making him a restricted free agent.[6] 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 2009–10 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.[7] The Jazz had the right to match the offer, and did so seven days later, on July 17, 2009.[8]

Millsap became Utah's permanent starting power forward in 2010–11 after Boozer joined the Chicago Bulls. Millsap started alongside newly acquired center Al Jefferson. On November 9, 2010, Millsap scored a career-high 46 points in a 116-114 overtime win over the Miami Heat. 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.[9]

Atlanta Hawks (2013–present)[edit]

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.[10][11] On January 30, 2014, Millsap was voted by the coaches to be a reserve on the 2014 East All-Star team.[12] 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.[13]

On January 29, 2015, Millsap earned his second consecutive All-Star nod as a reserve for the Eastern Conference in the 2015 NBA All-Star Game.[14]

On July 9, 2015, Millsap re-signed with the Hawks to a three-year, $59 million contract.[15][16]

Personal life[edit]

Millsap's brother, Elijah, currently plays for the Utah Jazz.[17]

Awards and honors[edit]

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
2006–07 Utah 82 1 18.0 .525 .333 .673 5.2 .8 .8 .9 6.8
2007–08 Utah 82 2 20.8 .504 .000 .677 5.6 1.0 .9 .9 8.1
2008–09 Utah 76 38 30.1 .538 .000 .699 8.6 1.8 1.0 1.0 13.5
2009–10 Utah 82 8 27.8 .538 .111 .693 6.8 1.6 .8 1.2 11.6
2010–11 Utah 76 76 34.3 .531 .391 .757 7.6 2.5 1.4 .9 17.3
2011–12 Utah 64 62 32.8 .495 .226 .792 8.8 2.3 1.8 .8 16.6
2012–13 Utah 78 78 30.4 .490 .333 .742 7.1 2.6 1.3 1.0 14.6
2013–14 Atlanta 74 73 33.5 .461 .358 .731 8.5 3.1 1.7 1.1 17.9
2014–15 Atlanta 73 73 32.7 .476 .356 .757 7.8 3.1 1.8 .9 16.7
Career 687 411 28.7 .503 .340 .728 7.3 2.0 1.3 1.0 13.5
All-Star 2 0 15.0 .455 .200 .000 4.5 2.0 1.0 .0 5.5

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2007 Utah 17 0 15.5 .525 .000 .667 4.4 .5 .6 .5 5.9
2008 Utah 12 0 17.5 .516 .000 .520 3.9 .3 .6 1.3 6.4
2009 Utah 5 0 31.0 .510 .000 .500 8.0 1.6 .8 1.0 11.8
2010 Utah 10 0 32.3 .574 .000 .690 8.8 2.2 1.1 1.4 18.0
2012 Utah 4 4 34.8 .370 .000 .500 11.0 .5 .3 2.5 12.0
2014 Atlanta 7 7 38.1 .398 .333 .804 10.9 2.9 1.4 1.9 19.4
2015 Atlanta 16 15 35.4 .407 .306 .744 8.7 3.4 1.6 .9 15.2
Career 71 26 27.1 .464 .289 .687 7.2 1.7 1.0 1.1 11.9

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