Michael Lloyd Miller (born February 19, 1980) is an American professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the University of Florida, and was selected by the Orlando Magic in the first round of the 2000 NBA draft. He has also played for the Memphis Grizzlies, Minnesota Timberwolves, Washington Wizards and Miami Heat. He was named the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2001, and the NBA Sixth Man of the Year in 2006. Miller won back-to-back NBA championships with the Miami Heat in 2012 and 2013. He is a swingman who is primarily a three-point specialist.
Miller was taken with the fifth overall pick in the 2000 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 during the 2000–01 NBA season. 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. Miller 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.
On June 26, 2008, Miller, 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.
On June 23, 2009, Miller and 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.
On July 15, 2010, Miller signed a five-year $25 million contract with the Miami Heat. He injured his thumb while guarding LeBron James in practice during the pre-season, sidelining him for several weeks. Miller officially returned to the Miami Heat lineup on December 20, 2010, in a home game against the Dallas Mavericks. Miller got his first start on January 22, 2011, due to a Dwyane Wade illness, and contributed with a season-high 32 points in a win over the Toronto Raptors. Miller averaged just 2.6 points a game in 12 minutes a game during the playoffs, with a high of 12 in game 4 against the Chicago Bulls. Miller made his first career NBA Finals appearance in the 2011 NBA Finals, which the Heat lost to the Mavericks 4-2.
During the 2012–13 season, Miller was inserted into the starting lineup 17 times and averaged 4.8 points per game for the season. The Heat would again advance to the NBA Finals, this time against the San Antonio Spurs. Miller was inserted into the last 4 games of the Finals to help space the floor, and scored 8 points in game 6 as the Heat barely squeaked out a victory. One highlight of the game was a three-pointer he made while wearing one shoe. The Heat won the series in game 7 on June 20, 2013, giving Miller his second championship.
On July 16, 2013, Miller was waived by the Miami Heat via the amnesty clause.
On June 30, 2015, Miller exercised his player option with the Cavaliers for the 2015–16 season.
On July 27, 2015, Miller was traded, along with Brendan Haywood and two future second-round draft picks, to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for cash considerations. On September 28, 2015, he was waived by the Trail Blazers via a contract buyout.
On September 30, 2015, Miller signed with the Denver Nuggets.
On July 21, 2016, Miller re-signed with the Nuggets.
Career highlights and awards
2× NBA champion (2012, 2013)
NBA Sixth Man of the Year (2006)
NBA Rookie of the Year (2001)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (2001)
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
FIBA Americas Championship
Gold medal – first place 2007 Las Vegas National team
Gold medal – first place 2001 Brisbane National team
FIBA Americas U18 Championship
Gold medal – first place 1998 Puerto Plata National team