Posted: 8:08 pm Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Daniel Miller unlikely to be drafted, but should get NBA chance 

By Ken Sugiura

Former Georgia Tech center Daniel Miller most likely won’t hear his name called Thursday night at the NBA draft. The All-ACC player will almost certainly will eventually get the opportunity to earn a spot in the league, however.

Miller is not ranked in the top 100 draft prospects on draftexpress.com, not a promising indicator in the draft, which goes two rounds and 60 players. He does make the site’s list of top 100 seniors, ranking No. 74.

There has been interest. Several scouts watched him play this past season, when he averaged 10.9 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game while shooting 57.8 percent from the field. He has also reportedly had pre-draft workouts with the Boston Celtics, Charlotte Hornets, Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns and Washington Wizards.

In an e-mail to the AJC, however, draft expert Matt Kamalsky from DraftExpress rated Miller’s chances of getting selected as “remote.” Kamalsky went on to write that “with his size, knack for protecting the rim and ability to score efficiently in a small role offensively, there’s a great chance he has a long career competing at a high level in Europe.”

Miller does possess an impressive set of skills beyond his 6-foot-11, 270-pound frame – shooting touch from the outside, court vision, ball-handling and a knack for blocking shots. Speed and quickness are drawbacks, however.

Miller does stand a high chance of receiving multiple invitations to play in an NBA summer league in July and years to come, according to Kamalsky. That is one route to the NBA. Former Tech guard Anthony Morrow made the Golden State Warriors in 2008 after going undrafted but then playing for their summer league team.

Barring an NBA roster spot this fall, another possible scenario for Miller would be to play in the NBA Development League, another proven route to the NBA. Teams in the league “would have plenty of interest in him as well if he chooses to go that route at any point,” Kamalsky wrote.

The draft will be televised Thursday on ESPN, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

5 comments
GMAB
GMAB

He would be a compliment to any team. Miller is what the NBA should be about, not about being a thug covered with tats.

HarveyPooka
HarveyPooka

No matter what the game (and remember folks, it is a game) has in store for the future, Daniel Miller's future will be bright, productive, and very rewarding.  This a smart man with plenty of great opportunities ahead for him.

ToeMeetsLeather
ToeMeetsLeather

The Hawks should sign Miller for the NBA minimum and add Lebron at thirty million per year. Adding (30) points on one end and someone to protect the rim at the other end, at an average of (15) million per player, might just put the Hawks over the top. TIC of course.

Good luck Daniel, we appreciate everything you did for Tech and sticking with the program during a tough period.

Hope your ACC experience and Tech degree pay a lifetime of dividends.

POAD2014
POAD2014

He plays a pretty good game and I believe he will make a good living playing. Nice guy with high character so he will not be any teams problem.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

I hope Miller likes pasta or paella.  He will have a long career in one of the better European leagues.

Heck - maybe he will end up at the same club as the best soccer player in the world.