Patty Mills a sneaky option for Fantasy Basketball

By George Middleton

The San Antonio Spurs roster is filled with talent, whether it’s the top guys like Kawhi Leonard or the last players off the bench like Kyle Anderson. Players like Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Tim Duncan are no brainer pickups for Fantasy Basketball leagues. Tony Parker and Danny Green are certainly worth a shot, depending on the selection. Backup point guard Patty Mills might end up being a fantasy option that one should target, who likely won’t be taken in the drafts.

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

The 27-year-old Australian guard averaged 6.9 points and 1.7 assists last year. If you combine these numbers with 38% field goals and only 0.5 steals, it doesn’t look too good.

The main reason Mills is a sneaky option, who you can pick up for a spot start, is the expanded role he will likely have this season. Spurs backup guard Cory Joseph signed with the Toronto Raptors in the offseason. Tony Parker is only getting older, which means that Mills might get huge minutes in some games. Newly acquired Ray McCallum will compete for minutes, but it’s unlikely he has a role as big as Joseph’s was last year.

Mills made 62 threes in 51 games. He is also an excellent free throw shooter (83%). When Mills gets big minutes, he is capable of going for 15-20 points with a high volume of three-point makes.

One can expect Mills to have a season similar to his 2013-14 campaign. That year Mills averaged 10.2 points and he made nearly two threes per game.

I wouldn’t recommend drafting Mills unless it’s a deep league, but I do suggest going after him, particularly on the second night of back-t0-backs for the Spurs.

2015-16 Predicted Stats: 10.7 ppg, 2.2 apg, 2 rpg, 1.8 threes, 42% fg, 84% ft

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