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Reggie Miller, Usa
Nba.com: A volatile, high-voltage scorer from the off guard position,
Reggie Miller was one of the supreme shooters of any era. With 2,560 made
three-pointers, he ended his career as the NBA's greatest long range shooter. He
poured in 25,279 points to finish his career in 12th place on league's all-time
But he also had a penchant for the spectacular clutch shot in gunslinger fashion that made him a feared and despised opponent. His heroic play down the stretch of games became known as "Miller Time."
The slender 6-7 and 190 pound former UCLA Bruin was selected with the 11th overall pick at the 1987 NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers. He would go onto spend his entire 18-year career there becoming another legendary figure in basketball Hoosier history.
At UCLA, he ranked fourth in the nation in scoring as a junior with 25.9 ppg and then averaged 22.3 ppg as a senior. At the time he was drafted, he also ranked second on the school's all-time scoring list behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. But the stick-figured shooter was not welcomed as the home state fans desired Indiana University's All-American guard Steve Alford.
However, Miller played more games with the same team than all but two players in NBA history, John Stockton and Karl Malone of the Utah Jazz. Miller would also lead the Pacers from futility to the Finals and many postseason escapades. Much of his playoff drama would involve his most intense rival, the New York Knicks, and take place on their home court at Madison Square Garden...
...his performance in Game 5 of the 1994
Eastern Conference Finals against the New York Knicks may well be remembered as
his coming out party as it cemented the belief that with Miller on the floor,
the Pacers seem to always have a chance to pull out a victory.
Name: Reginald Wayne Miller
Nickname: Miller Time
Born: August 24, 1965
Origin: Riverside, California, USA
Drafted: 1987, First Round, 11th pick overall by the Indiana Pacers
Languages: English, Croatian
Teams (jersey): UCLA, US National Team, Indiana Pacers (31)
Ibn Notes: Players rarely begin and retire from the league as they looked, much less in the same city (only John Stockton and Karl Malone played more games for one team than Miller). Reggie Miller never looked the intimidating part, but by the time his career came to an end, his reputation as one of the most dangerous players when it mattered most struck fear into opponents even though his 190 (+/-5lbs) frame didn't. Skinny, flailing, running around like his life depended on it and with an awkward looking jumpshot, Reggie Miller came into the league, around screens, over defenders and into the arguably the best shooter that ever played the game. Accomplishments: 1996 Olympic gold medalist; 1994 World Championship gold medalist; Five-time NBA All-Star (1990, '95, '96, '98, 2000); All-NBA Third Team (1995, '96, '98); NBA All-Rookie Second Team (1988); J.Walter Kennedy Citzenship Award (2004).
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