Apr 26, 2014; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Miller (13) reacts after hitting a three point shot against the Oklahoma City Thunder in game four of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at FedExForum. Thunder defeated the Grizzlies 92-89. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Miller: Show Some Love For the Cagey Veteran


 

Apr 26, 2014; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Miller (13) reacts after hitting a three point shot against the Oklahoma City Thunder in game four of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at FedExForum. Thunder defeated the Grizzlies 92-89. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Apr 26, 2014; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Miller (13) reacts after hitting a three point shot against the Oklahoma City Thunder in game four of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at FedExForum. Thunder defeated the Grizzlies 92-89. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Miller signed a 1 year $5.8 million contract with the Memphis Grizzlies this past offseason, as he returned to his former home for the first time since the 2007-2008 season.

During his final year with the Grizzlies, Miller averaged 16.4 points/game on 50.2% shooting.  Miller who is a combo guard/forward can play almost any spot on the floor standing at 6’8.  If you want Mike at the point, he’ll play point. If you want him to play the 4 (not ideal), he’ll do it.

Mike is having his best season shooting the ball since playing for the Washington Wizards in the 2009-2010 season.  Miller averaged 10.9 points/game but suffered an injury which allowed him to play in only 54 games.

Miller is only averaging 20.8 minutes per game in the 2013-2014 season, but played in all 82 games for the 1st time since his rookie season in Orlando back in 2000. Mike connected on 45.9% of his 3 point shots this season.  He hit 107 3′s on 233 attempts.  Mike is shooting 50% from deep this postseason against the Thunder connecting on 11-of-22 attempts.

Not only has Mike Miller brought some much needed 3 point shooting to this Grizzlies team, he has also brought a championship pedigree that he earned with the Miami Heat. Miller went to 3 consecutive Finals with the Heat, and won 2 championships.  He is a competitor and  knows how to win.  Along with Miller’s championship pedigree, the Grizzlies have playoff tested veterans Tony Allen who won a ring with the Boston Celtics, along with Mike Conley, Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol.

After going 5-of-8 from deep in the Grizzlies 100-99 OT victory in Oklahoma City which saw Memphis take a 3-2 series lead heading back to FedEx Forum Thursday night, the Grizzlies may need a little more Miller magic.  Grizzlies fans should show appreciation for this cagey veteran in Mike Miller because he is the kind of person that can lead Memphis to its first title in franchise history.

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