Patrick Sammy “Patty” Mills (born 11 August 1988) is an Australian professional basketball player for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Mills is the second Indigenous Australian to play in the NBA (after Nathan Jawai) and the first person of Torres Strait Islander descent. Mills was drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers with the 55th overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft after playing college basketball for Saint Mary’s College of California. He also played for the Melbourne Tigers of the National Basketball League and the Xinjiang Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association during the NBA lockout. He signed with the San Antonio Spurs in 2012 and won an NBA championship with them in 2014. He plays the point guard position.
In April 2009, Mills entered the 2009 NBA draft, waiting until the final minutes of the deadline before making the decision. He was selected with the 55th overall pick by the Portland Trail Blazers.
During practice for the NBA Summer League, he suffered a fracture in his right foot, and required surgery. He signed with the Blazers in October 2009 after speculation of whether he would be signed at all due to the injury and the number of point guards already on the roster.
After completing rehabilitation from surgery on his foot in December, Mills was assigned to the Idaho Stampede of the NBA Development League on December 29. In his debut with Idaho, he scored 38 points and added 12 assists and 3 rebounds. After one more game with the Stampede, in which he scored the game-winning basket, Mills made his NBA debut for the Trail Blazers on 4 January 2010. In just under 5 minutes, he registered 2 assists but scored no points. On 13 January 2010, he was again assigned to the Stampede, before being recalled ten days later.
On 27 March 2012, Mills signed with the San Antonio Spurs. On 26 April 2012, Mills set career highs with 34 points and 12 assists for his first NBA double-double in the Spurs’ 107–101 win over the Golden State Warriors. Mills also surpassed Andrew Bogut’s record for most points in a single NBA game by an Australian.
Mills led the 2012 Olympics in scoring when he averaged with 21.2 points per game with the Australian national basketball team, the Boomers.
Career highlights and awards
NBA champion (2014)
2× First-team All-WCC (2008–2009)
WCC Newcomer of the Year (2008)
WCC All-Freshman Team (2008)
No. 13 retired by Saint Mary’s