Mike Miller

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Basketball player
Mike Miller
Mike Miller
Player information
Full name Michael Lloyd Miller
birthday 19th February 1980 (age 40)
place of birth Mitchell , South Dakota , United States
size 203 cm
Weight 99 kg
position Small Forward / Shooting Guard
college Florida
NBA draft 2000 , 5th pick , Orlando Magic
Clubs as active
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National team
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Clubs as coaches
Since 02017 University of Memphis (Assistant) United StatesUnited States

Michael Lloyd Miller (born February 19, 1980 in Mitchell , South Dakota ) is a retired American basketball player who played in the NBA for 18 years . With the Miami Heat , he won the NBA title in 2012 and 2013.

Miller has been employed as an assistant trainer at the University of Memphis since 2017 .

Childhood and youth

Mike Miller was born on February 19, 1980 in Mitchell, South Dakota, to Tom and Sheryl Miller. His father is an assistant director and former basketball player at Dakota Wesleyan College . His mother Sheryl is a teacher . He has two brothers, Ryan and Jared, and a sister named Chelsey. He attended the University of Florida , with whose basketball team he reached the NCAA Division I Basketball Championship final in 2000 .


Draft and first years

In 2000, he was voted fifth in the overall draft by the Orlando Magic . In his first season he played all 82 games of the season, 62 as a starter, which was reserved for only three Magic players before him, and four games in the first play-off round. Even so, his team lost four to three to the Milwaukee Bucks . He scored an average of 11.9 points and four rebounds in just 29 minutes per game. He also showed a strong performance in the three-point throws (40.7%), which ultimately earned him the Rookie of the Year Award and the appointment to the NBA All-Rookie First Team . He also set the franchise records for attempted and scored threesomes.

He was also part of the rookie team on the NBA All-Star Weekend , scoring eleven points.


The 2000/01 season was quite successful for Miller. He was able to improve his points average to 15 points per game, achieved a career best of 32 points against Charlotte (on November 24, 2001), gave ten assists twice , which was also a career best, and scored eleven rebounds against Philadelphia (February 23, 2002) , again a career best. However, he injured himself and was out 19 games.

Trade to Memphis

In the following season he was then traded by the Magic to Memphis . In total, he completed 65 games in the season, 16 of them for Memphis. He was also able to increase his career peaks. So he could shine with 13 assists. On November 23, he scored his 3,000 against the Los Angeles Lakers . Point and took his 1,000 six days later against the Cleveland Cavaliers . Rebound.


In the 2003-2004 season Miller was again able to come up with top performances. For example, he was able to finish the season as the fourth best three-point shooter (43.3% - career best) and scored 37 points against the Houston Rockets on April 13, 2005. He also impressed with his consistency, which was also reflected in the numbers: 10+ points 52 times, 20+ points 14 times and 30+ points 2 times. From December 7th to 20th, he scored at least one three-point throw in nine consecutive games.


This season has been the most successful for Miller so far. He won the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award with 88 votes out of 123. He also managed his only triple-double against Sacramento on January 10, 2006 . Furthermore, he achieved his 5,000 career point and his 1,000 career assistant.


After the 2006-2007 season he was appointed to the US basketball team.

2007-2008 he completed 70 games for Memphis and scored an average of 16.4 points. His throw rate was also excellent at over 50 percent. With 45 points against the Golden State Warriors , he achieved his best result in terms of points.

In the 2008/09 season he was traded to the Timberwolves in Minnesota with Kevin Love , Brian Cardinal and Jason Collins . In return, Memphis received OJ Mayo , Antoine Walker , Marko Jaric, and Greg Buckner .


At Minnesota, however, Miller was not happy, often only came off the bench and achieved an average of 9.9 points per game, the worst value of his entire professional career. Miller was then traded to the Washington Wizards in July 2009 . There he injured his shoulder, however, and only played 54 games in the season.

Miami Heat (2010-2013)

After two stations where Miller was not happy, he moved to Miami Heat in the summer of 2010 , where he was intended as a complement for the new superstars LeBron James and Chris Bosh . However, he injured himself so badly in a duel with James in the pre-season phase that he was out for the rest of 2010. Miller also struggled with various injuries during the 2011/2012 season and was never 100 percent operational. Nevertheless, the Heat managed to move into the final of the NBA championship again. The series were able to win the Heat with 4: 1 victories and secured the championship. Although he didn't get a lot of playing time in the series because of his back problems, he ran hot in the 5th game in the series and scored 23 points. He was able to sink 7 of 8 throws from the 3-line. In 2012/2013 Miller was able to secure the championship again with the Heat. During the 2013 summer break, the Heat used the amnesty clause and released Miller. This will save the Heat about $ 17 million in luxury taxes for the coming season.

Memphis Grizzlies (2013-14)

After his release from the Miami Heat, Miller returned to the Memphis Grizzlies, with whom he reached the play-offs in 2014.

Cleveland Cavaliers (2014-15)

Miller signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers in August 2014, where he met his former teammates LeBron James and James Jones . With the Cavaliers Miller reached the NBA Finals, but where they lost to the Golden State Warriors.

Denver Nuggets (Since 2015)

In the summer of 2015, Miller signed a new deal with the Denver Nuggets . It was only used sporadically for the nuggets. After being released in July 2017, he retired from his career at the age of 37.

Coaching career

Following his career, Miller was hired as an assistant coach for the University of Memphis , where he will assist Penny Hardaway in the future .


Mike Miller is married to his wife Jen and has two sons named Mason and Maverick and a daughter named Jaelyn. He is also very involved in charity and also has his own foundation , the Mike Miller Foundation.


Web links

  • Mike Miller - player profile on basketball-reference.com

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Nuggets waive veteran guard Mike Miller
  2. Penny Hardaway hires NBA champion Mike Miller for Memphis staff; Larry Brown next?