Patty Mills Set For A Big Role

By George Middleton

Patty Mills is deadly. When in rhythm there are only a few players that can shoot the ball as well as the Australian guard.

Last season Mills missed the first two months of the season with a shoulder injury.

April 22, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills (8) moves the ball up court against the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half in game two of the first round of the NBA Playoffs. at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

In the first three weeks of his return he appeared in rhythm. Mills scored at least 12 points in 6 of 8 games to start the month of January. To end the month Mills hit a wall, as he didn’t reach double digits scoring for 12 straight games. On January 22, Mills scored 12 points against the Chicago Bulls. The next time he reached double digits scoring was on February 25th.

Mills was inconsistent in the next few weeks. In April he showed signs of life. Mills scored double digits in the last three games he played at least 10 minutes.

Why will Mills have a big season in 2015-16?

Cory Joseph is gone. It always seemed that Joseph was in Mills’ way in terms of his progression. Yes, the Spurs replaced Joseph with Ray McCallum, who has potential to be a serviceable backup. However it’s unlikely that McCallum will play big minutes right away.

In the postseason Mills showed how great he can truly be. He performed at a higher level than any Spurs guard when he was on the floor. Mills averaged 10.1 points on 57% threes. Tony Parker averaged only 10.9 points on 36% field goals.

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Don’t be surprised if Mills is in the Sixth Man of the Year conversation. He should average around 11 points  and lead the second unit.

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