Darius Miller’s most productive year in the NBA resulted in a tidy two-year, $14 million deal that started this season and runs through the 2020-21 season. The former Wildcat posted 8.0 points per game while shooting nearly 39 percent from deep in 151 games over the previous two seasons for the New Orleans Pelicans.
After tearing his Achilles in the middle of the offseason, Miller has yet to see the court and likely won’t return until he starts the second year of his new deal. The Maysville native suffered the injury not even two months after inking his contract.
Following the trade of Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers, Miller was viewed as a vital component in maintaining some semblance of chemistry as the New Orleans Pelicans overhauled its entire roster with David Griffin running the show in the front office. Fate had other plans for Miller, but he’s taking this roadblock in life in stride.
In an interview with Will Guillory over at The Athletic, Miller spoke about the rehab process, how he’s adjusting to his new team, and even the recent additions of several former Duke Blue Devils.
I got a chance to catch up with Darius Miller to get an update on his rehab from a torn Achilles.
We talked about what he’s been able to do lately, why he thinks it’s important to be around the team and what he’s been doing with all his free time https://t.co/dLDjSRHrlm
— Will Guillory (@WillGuillory) December 17, 2019
Miller talks about how he’s made New Orleans his home and how he’s been embracing their culture. He credits his teammates and family with helping him through this long and strenuous rehab process. He’s already back to doing some light shooting drills and should move onto more demanding workouts such as running on an underwater treadmill.
The best part of the conversation was when Guillory asked Miller about the five Dukies infiltrating a once-Kentucky filled New Orleans roster.
It wasn’t long ago that the Pellies once featured the likes of Davis, Miller, DeMarcus Cousins, and Rajon Rondo. There was also a brief stint where DeAndre Liggins was also on the roster, making up five former Wildcats on one NBA team. Terrence Jones played 51 games for the Pelicans back in the 2016-17 season, as well.
Make sure to read through the entire article, as we don’t get the opportunity to hear from Miller all that often due to his absence. Hopefully, he comes back better than ever once he finally does step back onto the hardwood. There was a long stretch in the 2018-19 NBA season where Miller was the league’s leading three-point shooter. If he can get back to a similar version of that level of play, he’ll be a valuable piece in the Pelicans rebuild going forward.