Darius Miller
Darius Miller
31-Year-Old ForwardF
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2021 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a two-year, $14.25 million contract with the Pelicans in July of 2019. Traded to the Thunder in November of 2020. Waived by the Thunder in April of 2021.
Personal Bio

Miller was born Mar. 21, 1990 in Maysville, Kentucky as the son of Brian and Nicole Miller. He attended Mason County High School, where he averaged 19.9 points, 7.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.9 steals per game and led the team to a state championship in 2008 as a senior. Afterward, he was named Kentucky Mr. Basketball. In college, he attended Kentucky. As a junior, Miller was named SEC Tournament MVP. He was named SEC Sixth-Man of the Year in 2012 following his senior campaign.

College/International Summary

Miller attended Kentucky for four years. As a freshman, he averaged 5.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 21.2 minutes. He saw 21.2 minutes per game as a sophomore as well, averaging 6.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists. As a junior, Miller averaged 10.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.1 blocks. He was also named SEC Tournament MVP that season (2011). As a senior, he won SEC Sixth-Man of the Year, averaging 9.9 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists.

Let go by Oklahoma City
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Groin
April 8, 2021
The Thunder waived Miller (groin) on Thursday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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Miller appeared in 18 games for the Thunder this season, averaging 4.1 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists across 10.9 minutes per game. The 31-year-old has recently been hampered by a groin injury, which has kept him sidelined for the last two games.
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2019

In July of 2019, Miller signed a two-year contract to stay with the Pelicans. Then, in August, he had surgery to correct a ruptured right Achilles tendon. The 29-year-old did not play for the Pelicans during the 2019-20 season due to the injury. He was coming off his best NBA season in 2018-19, when he posted a career-high 8.2 points and a career-best 1.9 three-pointers per game.

2018

Miller delivered an effective season as a three-point specialist off the Pelicans' bench in 2018-19, setting new career bests with 8.2 points, 1.9 threes, 2.1 assists and 0.6 steals per game. He scored in double digits 26 times in his 69 games (15 starts) for the Pelicans, clearing 20 points on three occasions. The Kentucky product tied his career high in made threes with six on Dec. 19 against Milwaukee, scoring 20 points in the process. Miller tied his career high with 21 points in a New Year's Eve win over Minnesota, hitting 5-of-8 three-pointers in the process. On Jan. 24 against Oklahoma City, Miller scored 21 again, adding seven rebounds, two assists and a block. He blocked a career-high four shots Jan. 14 against the Clippers.

2017

After two seasons spent with the German pro team Brose Bamberg, Miller signed back with the Pelicans, with whom he'd started his NBA career, ahead of the 2017-18 season. He ended up playing in all 82 games for New Orleans, making three starts along the way. Miller recorded personal bests in points per game (7.8), field-goal percentage (44.4), threes per game (1.8), three-point percentage (41.1), rebounds per game (2.0) and assists per game (1.4). He scored in double digits on 29 separate occasions, thrice cracking 20 points -- a mark he'd never reached before in the NBA. On Nov. 13 against Atlanta, Miller scored a career-high 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting -- including what was then a career-high five threes. He narrowly missed his first NBA double-double Nov. 24 against Phoenix, netting 10 points and nine boards. A couple months later, Jan. 26 against Houston, he hit six threes for a new career high in a 20-point effort. All in all, Miller hit at least one three in 65 games, and he made more than one 43 times. The Kentucky product went on to appear in all nine of New Orleans' playoff games, averaging 4.8 points with 1.0 threes, 2.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 0.6 steals across 18.0 minutes per game.

2014

Miller played in five games (one start) for the Pelicans in 2014-15, averaging 0.4 points with 0.4 assists and 0.2 steals across 8.6 minutes. In his most extensive run during that span, he played 16:52 on Nov. 14 against Minnesota, netting two points. He was waived by New Orleans on Nov. 30.

2013

Miller's second NBA season saw him improve on his rookie numbers, as he raised his scoring average to 4.4 points per game thanks to a significant jump in shooting percentage (from 40.7 to 44.0). He also averaged 0.6 threes, 1.2 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 0.5 steals for the freshly renamed Pelicans. Miller delivered double-digit points on seven occasions. He tied his career high with four threes Jan. 11 against Dallas. But he saved much of his best work for the month of April. On Apr. 9 against Phoenix, he posted 14 points with two boards, two assists and two steals. Two days later, Apr. 11 against the Thunder, he put up a career-high 18 points with three assists and a steal. Matching up against the Thunder once again on Apr. 14, Miller snagged a career-high four steals along with 10 points, three rebound and five assists.

2012

The Hornets took Miller in the second round, 46th overall, of the 2012 NBA Draft, and he went on to play in 52 games (two starts) during his rookie season. The Kentucky product averaged 2.3 points and 1.5 rebounds across 13.3 minutes per game. He showed good touch from three-point range, knocking down 39.3 percent of his attempts. Miller recorded a season-high eight rebounds on Nov. 25 against Denver, adding seven points and a pair of assists. He picked up a season-high five assists along with eight points Mar. 10 against Portland. His biggest game of the year came Mar. 25, when Miller drew the start and knocked down 6-of-7 shots -- including 4-of-5 threes -- en route to 16 points, rounding out his line with three boards, an assist, a steal and a block. He also appeared in 11 games (eight starts) with the D-League's Iowa Energy, averaging 9.9 points with 1.9 threes (at a sparkling 51.2 percent success rate), 3.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists.

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Miller is coming off his most productive NBA season yet in 2018-19, averaging a career-high 8.2 points across 25.5 minutes per game. He did battle the injury bug a bit, but he still managed to appear in 69 games and make 15 starts for New Orleans. In those 15 starts, Miller saw a decent boost in minutes and production, averaging 10.6 points in 32.0 minutes. However, there's a strong chance he'll be out for all of the 2019-20 campaign following an offseason Achilles tear. As a result, he can be ignored in essentially every fantasy format.
Miller played in all 82 games last season and even started three contests. Across his 23.7 minutes per game, Miller was able to deliver 7.8 points on 44 percent shooting, including 1.8 made three-pointers per game. The addition of Julius Randle adds another body in the frontcourt, so expect Miller to once again spend the bulk of his time as a reserve wing. Regardless, Miller is mostly a three-point streamer in typical formats, given that he failed to make meaningful contributions in other categories last season.
Miller enters his third year in the NBA with the Pelicans after inking a new deal with New Orleans this summer. The Kentucky product has mostly failed to impress in his two years with the Pelicans. Last season, he appeared in 45 games, averaging 4.4 points, 1.2 rebounds, and 1.0 assist in 16 minutes per game. His shooting numbers, 44 percent from the floor and 33 percent from deep, aren't spectacular, but his 0.5 steals in limited action could be useful in that category if he gets extended time. Coach Monty Williams has previously shown a desire to leave Tyreke Evans in a sixth-man role, meaning the starting small forward spot could be open to Miller after the Pelicans opted not to retain incumbent Al-Farouq Aminu. Miller would have to beat out the veteran John Salmons for the job, were it available, but Salmons' best days are behind him, and Miller has the advantage of familiarity with Williams' system. For whatever it's worth, Miller showed flashes of productivity in seven starts last year, averaging 9.7 points and 1.9 steals per game.
Miller played in 52 games as a rookie last season but didn't do much of note statistically. With a litany of wing players ahead of him in the rotation, Miller won't see a lot of time on the floor with New Orleans, making a trip to the D-League this year possible. The coaching staff is hoping Miller improves defensively this season.
Drafted this year by the Hornets, Miller brings size and versatility to the team. Standing at 6’8 and playing four years at Kentucky, Miller plays both the wing positions. Averaging 9.9 ppg, 2.0 apg, 2.8 rpg and shooting above 37% from deep, Miller will be a serviceable utility player off the bench and be able to spell multiple positions. Barring injuries, Miller should be seen as strictly a utility player with the possibility of a very rare spot start.
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Out vs. Cavs
FOklahoma City Thunder
Groin
April 8, 2021
Miller (groin) is out Thursday against the Cavaliers.
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Out vs. Hornets
FOklahoma City Thunder
Groin
April 7, 2021
Miller (groin) is out for Wednesday's matchup against the Hornets, Joe Mussatto of The Oklahoman reports.
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Questionable vs. Hornets
FOklahoma City Thunder
Groin
April 7, 2021
Miller is questionable for Wednesday's matchup against the Hornets due to a strained left groin.
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Doesn't play in win
FOklahoma City Thunder
March 22, 2021
Miller did not play during Monday's win over Minnesota.
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Plays season-high 20 minutes
FOklahoma City Thunder
March 14, 2021
Miller registered 11 points (3-4 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 3-3 FT), four assists, three rebounds and one steal across 20 minutes off the bench Sunday in the Thunder's 128-122 win over the Grizzlies.
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