Terry Mills (basketball)

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Terry Mills
Terry Mills cropped 1989 National Champions.jpg
Personal information
Born (1967-12-21) December 21, 1967 (age 50)
Romulus, Michigan
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 280 lb (127 kg)
Career information
High school Romulus (Romulus, Michigan)
College Michigan (1987–1990)
NBA draft 1990 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16th overall
Selected by the Milwaukee Bucks
Playing career 1990–2001
Position Power forward
Number 5, 6
Career history
1990–1991 Denver Nuggets
19911992 New Jersey Nets
19921997 Detroit Pistons
19971999 Miami Heat
1999–2000 Detroit Pistons
2000–2001 Indiana Pacers
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 7,175 (10.6 ppg)
Rebounds 3,680 (5.4 rpg)
Blocks 296 (0.4 bpg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Terry Richard Mills (born December 21, 1967) is a retired American professional basketball player who played as a power forward. He was a member of the Michigan Wolverines' 1989 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Men's Division I Basketball Championship winning team before playing over a decade in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

College career[edit]

After a standout career at Romulus High School, Mills was named 1986 Mr. Basketball of Michigan.[1] Bob Gibbons had Mills ranked #2 behind J.R Reid in the national prep player ranking for that year.[citation needed]

Mills attended the University of Michigan where he helped the Wolverines win the 1989 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship.[2]

In January 2009, Mills participated in the 20th anniversary celebration of the 1989 National Championship team. He recently completed his degree from Michigan, and is looking to break into the coaching profession.


In 1990 summer, Mills signed professional contract with P.A.O.K. BC. After,several friendly games which included a home game against Maccabi Tel Aviv B.C., Mills left the club. The reason was an argument with Kostas Politis, during a training at Spain.[3][4]

National Basketball Association career[edit]

Mills was drafted in 1990 by the Milwaukee Bucks who later traded his rights to the Denver Nuggets for whom he played 17 games. Mills also played for the New Jersey Nets, Detroit Pistons, Miami Heat, and Indiana Pacers. Although he played the power forward position, Mills became known for his 3-point shooting. Legendary Piston announcer George Blaha nicknamed him "The Sugar" for his "sweet" shooting stroke and "Three Mills" for his on-target three-point shooting.

Coaching career[edit]

Mills was the head coach of the International Basketball League's Macomb County Mustangs (of Center Line, Michigan) during the 2006 season.

Personal life[edit]

He is the cousin of former NBA power forward Grant Long, and the nephew of shooting guard John Long.[5]

He is the radio color analyst for University of Michigan Basketball on the Michigan Sports Marketing Network.[6]

Currently residing in Michigan, he is an active participant in amateur drag racing.


  1. ^ "Mr. Basketball". The Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan. Retrieved March 7, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Fisher Lands Big One: Michigan Wins NCAA; Seton Hall Falls in Overtime, 80-79". The Washington Post. April 4, 1989. Retrieved March 7, 2014. (subscription required)
  3. ^ paokbc.gr Το paokbc.gr θυμάται: Από το NCAA στον ΠΑΟΚ
  4. ^ paokbc.gr Η ιστορία μίας φανέλας
  5. ^ "Throwback Thursday: Terry Mills". The Official Site of the Detroit Pistons. NBA Media Ventures. September 15, 2011. Retrieved March 7, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Former All-American Terry Mills Joins Michigan Radio Crew". MGoBlue.com. October 25, 2013. Retrieved March 7, 2014. 

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