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Darius Miller’s Resurgence

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Darius Miller signed a surprising two year deal this off season with the New Orleans Pelicans–despite the fact that he shot over 40% from deep in the two seasons he spent in Germany. Originally drafted by the Hornets/Pelicans the same year as Anthony Davis, in his first stint with New Orleans Miller was very passive. Although he was known as a shooter coming out of Kentucky he would still hesitate way to often on open looks from deep.

In the early parts of this season Miller has looked to come back as a different player. While the early returns have not been great, he has at least shown that when there is room he will let it fly. In the Pelicans latest road trip Miller has started to find a little groove connecting on over 50% of his attempts from deep. He is looking like the guy the Pelicans thought they were getting when they signed him this off season. Coach Gentry made a comment in one of the post game interviews saying “I need to make sure I keep Darius involved.” I agree 100% with coach, Miller can be the spacer the Pelicans need.

If Miller can continue to the shoot the ball well I would assume he should continue to get more minutes little by little. You can’t keep shooters off the floor when you have 2 bigs in DeMarcus Cousins and  Anthony Davis that demand so much attention. The Pelicans have other shooters are decent in Clark, Moore, and Jrue but until they get it going you have to keep the hot hand in. As long as Miller stays confident and Gentry continues to have trust in him things should work out in Millers favor.

And it’s worked out last night as well. Miller was the team’s third leading scorer (behind Davis and Cousins)–connecting on 3 of 5 shooting from deep.

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Fernando Ritzman, born and raised in New Orleans, is a former contributor to The Bird Writes.


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