The NBA Summer League is supposed to be an opportunity for rookie free agents to be able to showcase their skills so they might be able to make an NBA roster. It is kind of hard to do that, however, when you are not seeing that much playing time.
That is currently what is happening to former Yellow Jackets center Daniel Miller during his trip in Vegas. He has gotten some playing time, but it is not the kind of minutes to where he could leave a lasting impression on coaches and scouts.
Miller saw a cool chunk of time in his first opportunity against the Atlanta Hawks Saturday. He logged 13 minutes and finished with four points and an assist in a 90-74 Wizards win. Those minutes quickly decreased in Game 2 of the Wizards schedule when Washington snuffed out the Minnesota Timberwolves 67-59. In that Sunday matchup Miller only saw five minutes of court time and finshed with two points and a rebound.
On Tuesday night, Miller was a DNP, or “Did Not Play” in the 85-83 Washington Wizards win over the Miami Heat. It was coach Sam Cassell’s decision to sit him out on Tuesday. This has to be a little frustrating for Daniel Miller but at the same time we all know that he is a team player and is going to do whatever the coaches ask of him. As long as the team is winning he is going to be happy. By the way, the Wizards are winning as they are 3-0 going into the Tournament Round of the Summer League.
Daniel Miller is more than likely going to have to play in the NBA Developmental League the way that things are looking. Coming into the Summer League the reality is that there were questions about his speed and quickness. At the end of the day, if he does need some time in the NBDL to develop his skills that would be the best thing for him. Then again there is always Europe if it is not his time to play in the NBA yet.
Either way, Miller’s time on the basketball court is not over by any stretch of the imagination. His time if anything is being impeded right now.
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