Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets center Daniel Miller has had a stellar collegiate career, and like many Jackets before him, he’ll make himself available for this year’s NBA Draft. And big men like Miller–although not as prevalent any longer–still grab the attention of scouts.
The 6-foot-11, 275 pound senior is going down as one of the best defensive centers to ever play at Tech, leaving North Ave. as the fourth leading shot blocker in school history, with 286 total blocks for his career (2.3 bpg).
Miller is also coming off his offensive best season in his four years at Tech, averaging 10.9 points and 7.8 rebounds per contest. His point total should have been much higher this season, but honestly, he wasn’t given enough overall touches or shot attempts to increase that number. With all that being said, Daniel Miller should be able to continue his basketball career on the next level, the NBA.
The NBA needs big men like Miller. He has the size to play on the next level right now, and the fact that he has improved every year while in college is also going to attract some attention from NBA teams that could use a center to defend the paint. Also, Miller playing a full four years at Tech is for sure a feather in his cap, with the college trend of hoop players going hardship being the norm of late.
If you were to project what round Miller would go in for the upcoming NBA Draft at this point, you could see him going in the second round. More than likely a team that would select him would use him off the bench as a backup center to be an energy guy. He is someone who will give solid spot minutes and provide some defensive toughness in the middle.
This isn’t to say that Miller couldn’t work his way into becoming a starting center in the NBA. As I’ve said, Miller has improved every year that he has been on a basketball court, and under the right tutelage, he could pan out to be a solid pro getting some nice NBA paychecks.
Projection: Easily a 2nd round pick, possible 1st round, depending on how the lottery plays out. A team like the Atlanta Hawks (which would be convenient) or New York Knicks, who both could use a solid big man that can score, would be ideal places for Miller to get his NBA start.
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