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Darius Miller 2012 NBA Draft Scouting Report

April 9, 2012

Darius Miller

University of Kentucky
6-7 small forward/shooting guard
235 pounds

NBA Draft Projections as of April 9, 2012

NBADraft.net – 2nd round, 36th overall
Draftxpress.com – 2nd round, 35th overall

Prediction as of April 9, 2012

Darius Miller has a place in the NBA.  He will become a rotation player and will play in the NBA for a long-time.  He might not stick on first team he goes to but he will eventually find the right team.  I compare him to San Antonio’s Danny Green.

Darius Miller will become an excellent role player that likely comes off the bench.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see him start given the right situation and team.  What I like about Darius Miller is that he knows how to play with talented players as he did in Kentucky.  He doesn’t disappear or overcompensate.

In a deep 2012 NBA Draft, Darius Miller likely gets drafted in the second round.  An NBA general manager has to always balance out undeveloped players with potential and players like Miller who do not have a ton of upside but will contribute to the team.  Pencil in Miller at the top of the role player list come draft time.

See below as to why I make this prediction.  See Scouting Criteria for my definitions and examples.

Aggressiveness

Darius is decently aggressive.  Coming off the bench for a Kentucky team with a starting lineup that features multiple future NBA 1st round picks, Darius manages to take 7.6 shot attempts.  Calculating his average shot attempts per 40 minutes, Miller averages 11.6 shot attempts.  Below is a table of average shot attempts per 40 minutes for Kentucky’s main six guys.  You can see that Miller is only 1.1 shot attempts behind Kentucky’s most aggressive player and is ahead of Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marquis Teague.

Terrence Jones 12.7
Doron Lamb 11.8
Marquis Teague 10.8
Anthony Davis 10.5
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist 10.5
Darius Miller 11.6

What I like about Darius Miller’s shot attempts is that they are within the offense. These are not undisciplined ball hogging.  Additionally, during Miller’s junior and senior year, he shoot at decent percentage of about 47% from the field and about 40% from the 3-point line.

Ability to Create Shots

Darius Miller does not really create shots for himself or others.  He shots off screens, feeds from the post and from the point guard.

Performance against the best teams and players

Looking at his performances against the best teams and players as well as in big games, nothing stands out.  Miller doesn’t tend to disappear or step up in big games.

Mental Make-up

I haven’t read anything negative surrounding Miller’s character.  I would have to believe that he is a solid team guy given that he accepted going from a starter during his junior year to coming off the bench during his senior year to accommodate Kidd-Gilchrist.

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