As some of us know, NBA teams have 15 players per roster. However, only about 7-10 get to play any given night. That means 8-5 players are on the team for practice purposes only and to get that NBA money–can’t hate on that. Anyway, be prepared to get to know these guys pretty well, one 15th man at a time.
I remember tracking this guy’s high school and college career! As a Raptors fan, it is commonplace to look forward to the draft–to invest the hopes and dreams of a modest fanbase in the unproven hands of a high schooler. The 2011-2012 year for the Raptors was expected to be a rough one. Andrea Bargnani was our captain; that’s right, we entrusted with him a leadership role. Seriously, this guy was the face of the franchise. So it wasn’t unusual to be looking ahead.
The 2012 NBA draft was supposed to be pretty solid. Before the college season, the same names continued to show up near the top of all the mock drafts: Anthony Davis, Andre Drummond, Austin Rivers, and Quincy Miller. Throughout his high school career, Quincy had a special combination of size, athleticism, and skill. He was 6’10”, could jump out of the gym, and could handle the ball and shoot. He was regularly being compared to Kevin Durant, for what it’s worth.
He showed out for Team USA’s Under-18 team and his name blew up. He was ranked top five in every mock draft, unrealistic NBA comparisons were being made, and SLAM Magazine named him a first-team All-American (along with Kidd-Gilchrist, Rivers, Bradley Beal, Davis, and Marquis Teague). However, early in his senior year he tore his ACL, ending his senior year, and high school career.
He committed to Baylor University, and along with Deuce Bello, Perry Jones III, and Quincy Acy, were expected to be a powerhouse team–and they were. During the preseason, Miller was included in Dime Magazine’s Top-25 Watch list. They were ready to make some noise. They helped lead the Baylor Bears to a 30-8 record for the season, good enough for the 9th ranking in the nation, and a 3rd seed in the Tournament. In the Tournament they lost in the regional finals to the eventual champions, Kentucky Wildcats. No shame in that.
Quincy averaged 10.6 PPG and 4.9 RPG–modest numbers, but his impact was good enough to earn him the distinction of Big 12 Co-Freshman of the Year. He was solid in his freshman year, but not spectacular by any means. It seemed like his ACL rehabilitation was not yet completed, as he did not have the same athleticism that garnered him so much attention in his high school days. He was expected to go back to school, for at least a sophomore year, but at the last second declared for the draft.
This was a huge gamble. Although many mock-drafts had him somewhere late in the first round, he fell to the second round–the land of non-guaranteed contracts. He was drafted to the wing-heavy Denver Nuggets with the 38th pick of the 2012 NBA Draft. Although he was signed to a contract, the gamble has yet to pay off as he is currently warming the very deep bench of an under-achieving Denver team. He has only played in 8 games this season (as of writing this) and has season averages of 3.4 PPG, 1.4 RPG, and o.1 BPG in 6 MPG.
Had he not suffered the ACL tear in his senior year, who knows where he could have been? Ugh, I hate knee injuries.
What does social media tell us about Quincy?
Well after signing his three contract, he’s pretty solid at cherishing expensive items and keeping things of value.
Oh wait. Well at least he’s not partying it all away!
Oh wait. Well, I mean, he’s only 21 years old! What do you expect him to spend his money on? Lotion? HAH!
Oh, maybe he should.
Well anyway, that was most extensive bench profile thus far. I didn’t even talk about how he came from a rough area in Chicago and moved to North Carolina to be safe while pursuing his dream. Oh, I guess I just did. Well, now that’s everything you need to know about the Denver Nuggets’ Quincy Miller. Come back next week when I talk about the Detroit Pistons’ 15th man.
Have a great week, y’all!
Post Script: Here is him in high school, with aforementioned athleticism.
It was so easy! LOL at how arrogant he was, and his subsequent fall from grace.