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Rush the Court profiles Darius Miller

The fine folks at the independent college basketball blog Rush the Court are spending some time analyzing each of the 35 top prospects for June’s NBA draft. They’re starting with a few of the guys who are on the edge of the first round, and that group includes this profile of Darius Miller. They mention improving defensively as one of the keys to Miller having a long career, but believe that he has the tools to make it as an NBA player.

Here’s what they believe translates to the NBA for Miller:

Will Translate to the NBA: There is one constant at every level of basketball: they only roll one ball out there for every game. At the professional level, where only the best of the best remain, you can’t have a team where everybody wants the ball in their hands at all times. Miller has proven that he can be an effective player away from the spotlight. He’s adept at moving without the ball, keeping proper spacing, and has shown an ability to knock down open looks when they arise. While his three-point percentage dropped from the blistering 44.3% he shot as a junior to a merely good 37.6% as a senior, he’s shown NBA range and a willingness to step into the right shot when needed. Throw in the fact that at 6’8” and 235 pounds he’s got the frame to handle the big boys at the next level, and Miller looks the part of an NBA wing.

They also discuss which team would provide the best fit for Miller at the next level, and it’s the place where Eric Bledsoe is already getting s*** right:

Best NBA Fit: We know Miller doesn’t want to wait through 52 picks to hear his name called, but he could fit in well with the Clippers if they pull the trigger on him with the 53rd pick. With Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan spending most of their time in the paint, Miller could be a good release valve for Chris Paul to find when his penetration draws defenders. And with all the current wings on that team (Caron Butler, Bobby Simmons, Ryan Gomes) likely closer to the ends of their careers than the beginning (and certainly closer to the ends of their contracts), there could be an opportunity for minutes there for a youngster.

I agree that one of Miller’s best attributes is his ability to make an impact without demanding the ball, and I think that he’ll stick in the NBA once he gets his shot because of that trait. That’s why he’ll be in great shape to carve out a place for himself if he’s taken by a good team at the end of the first round that’s already established but can find a use for his versatility. He has everything an NBA player needs, and if he ends up in the right situation he can make a long and successful career for himself at the next level.

Article written by Hunter Campbell

I used to write here.

8 Comments for Rush the Court profiles Darius Miller

  1. tdogg40330
    6:05 pm May 21, 2012 Permalink

    Darius is THE MAN …. prolly my all time favorite, good luck to him. BBN will be watchin ya !!!

  2. paducahcat
    6:07 pm May 21, 2012 Permalink

    Can’t help but think of Indiana when I see “rush the court” next to Darius’ name. Love seeing a pic of him with the net in his hand below it. Suck it, Hoosiers! One more in the NBA! Go CATS!

  3. FourThinInches
    6:20 pm May 21, 2012 Permalink

    Miller could go late 1st round to a team like the Miami Heat. He is basically the 22 year old version of Shane Battier for Miami. Would be perfect to come in and train with Shane Battier(who has to be nearing retirement).

  4. no way
    6:23 pm May 21, 2012 Permalink

    A) no way DM drops that far in the draft, NO WAY.

    B) DM is better than those 3 forwards on LAC right now and could give a few of their guards a run for their money. Oh, and if Blake doesn’t start doing more than just dunk’n, DM could prove to be a better all around player.

    C) Clip-joint is gonna suck as long as Blake and CP3 are there (with Bledsoe in a limited role).

  5. LeX98123
    6:29 pm May 21, 2012 Permalink

    The fact that he doesnt want the ball will be the reason he fails unfortunately. Hes not the only one trying to make an impression. I love miller but I dont see him lasting in the league at all because he’s so content do just do whatever.

  6. UK
    6:29 pm May 21, 2012 Permalink

    No way does Miller fall to 53rd…he goes to the Heat in the first round mark it down

  7. LeX98123
    6:30 pm May 21, 2012 Permalink

    4, Blake and CP3 are the reason they made it to the 2nd round. Dont be stupid.

  8. Duke sucks
    7:55 pm May 21, 2012 Permalink

    #5 I’m with you. I like Miller and think without him we don’t get 8. The knock on him since high school is he is way to passive. I don’t think a NBA coach will spend his time motivating him like Cal had to. I really hope I’m wrong though because if he can stay aggressive he could have a long great career.