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Michael (Mike) Lloyd Miller (born February 19, 1980 in Mitchellmarker, South Dakotamarker) is an Americanmarker professional basketball player currently with the NBA's Washington Wizards.

Career

Early career

Known for his ability to hit the three-pointer, he attended the University of Floridamarker from 1998 until 2000. As a sophomore, Miller led the Gators to the 2000 NCAA Championship game, losing to Michigan Statemarker. He hit perhaps the most dramatic shot of the tournament that year in the opening round versus Butler. As the fifth-seeded Gators trailed by one to underdog Butler, Miller drove to the basket and laid it in as time expired. That summer, he was taken with the 5th overall pick in the NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic. Miller won the 2001 NBA Rookie of the Year Award while being the only first-year player to appear in all 82 regular season games.

Memphis Grizzlies

He was traded to Memphis midway through 2002–03 NBA season. He was the recipient of the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award for the 2005–06 season. He averaged 13.7 ppg 5.4 rpg 2.7 apg while shooting 47% from the field and 41% from three-point range, while playing 30.6 minutes per game.

On January 3, 2007 Miller made nine three-pointers in a win over the Golden State Warriors, breaking Sam Mack's Grizzlies' franchise record of eight in a game set in February 1999. The two previous games Miller hit seven threes. This made him the first NBA player to hit at least seven three-pointers in three consecutive games since the Dallas Mavericks' George McCloud achieved it in 1996.

He holds the Memphis Grizzlies franchise record for most points scored in a single game, with 45 on February 21, 2007, against the Golden State Warriors.

After the 2006–07 NBA season, Miller was announced as a member of the USA Basketball team.

Minnesota Timberwolves

On June 26, 2008, Miller, along with Brian Cardinal, Jason Collins and the 5th pick of the 2008 NBA Draft, Kevin Love, were sent to Minnesota in exchange for Marko Jaric, Antoine Walker, Greg Buckner and the 3rd pick O. J. Mayo.

Washington Wizards

On June 23, 2009, Miller, along with Randy Foye, were sent to the Washington Wizards for Oleksiy Pecherov, Etan Thomas, Darius Songaila, and a first round draft pick.Miller suffered a shoulder injury and missed a few games during the early part of the 2009-10 NBA season.

Personal life

Mike and his wife, Jen, have two sons named Mason and Mavrick. Miller is an avid lover of animals. He owns three dogs: a Weimaraner named Zeke and two Great Danes, Domino and Rookie. He also has an aquarium filled with exotic fish, and once owned a Java Macaque named Sonny. He often tells the story in which his monkey escaped from his room: "You would always put him in his room, and then we'd lock the door, and then we'd put the dogs out, and then we'd lock the front door. Well, he found out how to unlock doors, unlocked his door, went downstairs, let the dogs in the house and opened the front door. About an hour later we got a call from our neighbors, saying, 'Your monkey is riding your dogs around the neighborhood.'...I said, 'C'mon y'all, y'all got to get in the house."

NBA career statistics

Regular season

2000–01
Orlando
82 62 29.1 .436 .407 .711 4.0 1.7 .6 .2 11.9
2001–02
Orlando
63 53 33.7 .438 .383 .762 4.3 3.1 .8 .4 15.2
2002–03
Orlando
49 39 37.3 .418 .340 .847 5.8 2.8 .7 .3 16.4
2002–03
Memphis
16 13 22.5 .510 .500 .806 3.4 1.9 .4 .3 12.8
2003–04
Memphis
65 65 27.2 .438 .372 .723 3.3 3.6 .9 .2 11.1
2004–05
Memphis
76 51 30.0 .505 .433 .720 3.9 2.9 .7 .3 13.4
2005–06
Memphis
74 9 30.6 .466 .407 .800 5.4 2.7 .7 .4 13.7
2006–07
Memphis
70 69 39.1 .460 .406 .793 5.4 4.3 .8 .3 18.5
2007–08
Memphis
70 70 35.3 .502 .432 .774 6.7 3.4 .5 .2 16.4
2008–09
Minnesota
73 47 32.3 .482 .378 .732 6.6 4.5 .4 .4 9.9
Career
638 478 32.3 .462 .401 .767 5.0 3.2 .7 .3 13.9

Playoffs

2000–01
Orlando
4 4 28.0 .396 .389 .750 4.5 1.8 .0 .8 12.0
2001–02
Orlando
4 1 18.0 .333 .125 1.000 1.3 1.3 1.0 .0 4.8
2003–04
Memphis
4 4 24.5 .353 .385 .333 3.0 .8 1.2 .0 7.5
2004–05
Memphis
4 4 27.5 .486 .471 1.000 2.5 2.8 .0 .8 12.0
2005–06
Memphis
4 1 26.8 .400 .125 1.000 3.8 1.8 .5 .5 8.5
Career
20 14 25.0 .400 .344 .875 3.0 1.7 .6 .4 9.0

Notes

  1. Grizzlies reach 144 in the 'old ball' game : Grizzlies : Commercial Appeal
  2. ESPN - Golden State vs. Memphis Recap, January 03, 2007
  3. ESPN - Elias Says ... Arenas gone wild - ESPN
  4. databaseBasketball.com - NBA Basketball Statistics, Draft, Awards, and History
  5. Miller scores franchise-record 45 pts. in Grizz loss
  6. Mayo heads to Memphis, Love to Minnesota in blockbuster trade
  7. [1]
  8. NBA.com : Mike Miller Bio Page
  9. http://voices.washingtonpost.com/dcsportsbog/2009/07/on_mike_millers_pet_monkey_and.html
  10. http://www.nba.com/magic/news/miller_monkey_010910.html


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