During Friday’s loss to the Denver Nuggets, San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills reached an assists milestone.
Patty Mills’ 2017-18 season has seen his role flip a few times. He began the year on the bench for the San Antonio Spurs, followed by taking over as the starting point guard for Dejounte Murray, then moved back to the bench for Tony Parker. Without Danny Green for Friday night’s game vs. the Denver Nuggets, Mills moved back to the starting lineup and played next to Murray.
With a final stat line of 21 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds, it marked one of the Aussie’s best performances of the season. However, for his career, this line achieved him an assists milestone: 1,000 for his career in San Antonio, as the Spurs noted on their Twitter account Saturday:
Patty Mills doing his best to assist his teammates. Last night, he hit another Spurs milestone. pic.twitter.com/HzRXMRjewO
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) February 24, 2018
The five assists actually put Mills at 1,004 for his time with the Spurs and 1,118 for his career. It did not put him in the all-time top 10 for the Spurs organization since Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker, Avery Johnson and others consume the top of the list, but it’s still an excellent achievement for the ninth-year pro.
The next milestone for Mills, will be 4,000 points with the team. He sits at 3,662 points, so it may take time for him to get another 338.
From here, if Green returns to the lineup on Sunday, then expect Mills to take a top spot on the bench. This is behind Green and Murray, as he backs up both and provides the usual, instant offense. If injuries arise to either player, or Parker, which they often seem to this season, maybe the 29-year old achieves another Spurs or career milestone.
Mills and the Spurs return to the court on Sunday, Feb. 25 vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC.