Patty Mills
Patty Mills
31-Year-Old GuardG
San Antonio Spurs
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Mills continued his solid play off the bench in his eighth season for the Spurs. The Australian guard averaged 9.9 points, 3.0 assists and a career-high 2.2 rebounds across 23.3 minutes. He appeared in 80 contests but made just one start. Mills drained 1.9 threes per tilt for the second straight season and has averaged a healthy 1.7 triples over the last six seasons. Entering his 11th NBA season, Mills' value lies primarily in his three-point shooting, which he's converted at a solid 39.1 percent clip in his career. Mills' playing time could take a step back in 2019-20 with Dejounte Murray expected to be back after suffering a torn ACL that forced him to miss all of last season. Derrick White showed a lot of upside and is expected to start in the backcourt with Murray. Mills is a late-round target in deep leagues, but he doesn't need to be rostered in standard formats. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $49.71 million contract with the Spurs in July of 2017.
Personal Bio

Patrick Sammy Mills was born in Canberra, Australia, to Benny and Yvonne Mills. His father is a Torres Strait Islander and his mother is an Aboriginal Australian (Ynunga). Mills' introduction to basketball came as a four-year-old playing for a local Indigenous club established by his parents. He later served as a ball boy for the Canberra Cannons of the National Basketball League. In addition to basketball, Mills also played underage Australian rules football and received an offer to play in the Australian Football League. However, he turned down the invitation in order to focus on basketball. Mills won a number of accolades as a youth player. He received the RE Staunton Medal at the U20 Nationals in Perth in 2006. He was also named the 2006 SEABL U/21 Australian Youth Player of the Year. In July of the same year, Mills was named the Junior Male Player of the Year at Basketball Australia's annual Junior Basketball Awards. In addition, he was dubbed the "most promising new sports talent" at the 2006 Deadlys Awards. Finally, Mills was named the 2006 Australia Basketball Player of the Year and the National Sportsperson of the Year by the NAIDOC. Since joining the NBA, Mills has maintained a tight connection to his home country. In 2011, he started the charity project Assist Australia to aid in Queensland's recovery from a series of floods in 2010 and 2011. In 2020, he partnered with fellow Australian NBA players, the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association Foundation to donate funds in order to combat Australia's deadly bushfires. Mills also traveled to Australia during the NBA All-Star break to donate supplies and money in support of recovery efforts in the wake of the bushfires. Learn more about Mills by following him on Twitter (@Patty_Mills) and on Instagram (@balapat).

College/International Summary

Mills was second in the West Coast Conference in field-goal attempts (405), three-point field-goal attempts (198) and steals (57) in the 2008-09 season. The Canberra, Australia native was also fourth in the WCC in field-goal percentage (42.9) in his freshman year, while ranking second in three-point field goals (67) as a sophomore. Additionally, Mills led St. Mary's in points (18.4), steals (2.2) and assists (3.9) per game during his final year with the team. In his freshman year, he helped lead St. Mary's to the NCAA Tournament. Mills declared for the 2009 NBA Draft after his sophomore season at St. Mary's. He was selected in the second round (55th overall) of the draft by the Portland Trail Blazers.

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GSan Antonio Spurs
August 2, 2020
Mills saw 13 minutes of action off the bench and posted 10 points (2-5 FG, 2-4 3PT, 4-4 FT) in Sunday's win over the Grizzlies.
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After being rested for the team's first seeding game Friday, Mills was eased back into action by coach Gregg Popovich on Sunday. The veteran had a reduced workload, while starters Dejounte Murray and Derrick White each played 34 minutes. Over Mills' final 10 games before the shutdown, he averaged 21.1 minutes per game.
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2019

The 2019-20 campaign was Mills' 11th season in the Association and his ninth with the Spurs. The 31-year-old appeared in all 63 games during the shortened season, with one start. This was the third season in a row in which Mills has played in every regular season game. Over the past five seasons, Mills has missed only three games. One could argue that Mills had is his best offensive season in 2019-20. He scored a career-best 11.7 points per game and drained a career-high 2.3 three-pointers per contest. Mills shot an efficient 86.1 percent from the free throw line, which helped register a 55.7 effective field goal percentage, his highest mark over the past three season. Over 22.7 minutes per contest, Mills also chipped in 1.8 assists, 1.6 rebounds and 0.8 steals per game. On Nov. 1, Mills scored a season-high 31 points, plus added six three-pointers, three boards, two dimes and a steal during a win at Golden State. On Dec. 19, the crafty guard posted 27 points, two assists and a season-best seven three-pointers during a home win over the Nets. Mills had 21 games in which he hit three or more three-pointers. For the season, Mills tied for first on the Spurs, with Bryn Forbes, for total made three pointers (148) and was sixth in minutes played (1,430).

2018

Mills is one of the NBA's true iron men. In 2018-19, he appeared in 82 games for the second season in a row. In fact, he has missed only three games over his last four campaigns. Mills started one game, but he was one of the Spurs' key pieces off the bench. He essentially replicated his 2017-18 campaign last season. For the second year in a row, he averaged 3.4 made field goals per game and 1.9 made three-pointers. The Australian also averaged 9.9 points after averaging 10.0 points the year prior. Mills came up big by making six threes and scoring 22 points in a 108-107 win over the Grizzlies on Feb. 12. He racked up eight assists twice during the campaign. In the playoffs he averaged 5.3 points per contest over seven games off the bench.

2017

After coming off the bench for all but 18 games over his first eight NBA campaigns, Mills started 36 of the 82 contests in which he played for the Spurs during the 2017-18 regular season. His playing time consequently jumped to a career-high 25.7 minutes per game. The Australian guard averaged 10.0 points, 1.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists per contest. He knocked down a career-high 1.9 three-pointers per game and shot 37.2 percent from beyond the arc. Mills also converted an exceptional 89.0 percent of his attempts from the charity stripe. He scored a season-high 26 points against Philadelphia on Jan. 3, knocking down 4-of-11 tries from deep. He notched double-digit points in seven straight contests from March 27 to April 9. The sharpshooter made multiple three-pointers in each game during that span. Mills started all five of San Antonio's postseason contests against Golden State, averaging a career-high 33.0 minutes. He posted per-game playoff averages of 13.4 points, 2.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.6 three-pointers.

2016

Mills' role continued to grow in his sixth season with the Spurs. The Australian guard played in 80 games, making a career-high eight starts. He also logged a career-high 21.9 minutes per contest. For the second straight season, Mills set a new career high in assists, averaging 3.5 per game. He added per-game averages of 9.5 points and 1.8 rebounds. The Saint Mary's College product converted a career-best 1.8 three-pointers per game, and his 41.4-percent mark from deep ranked 11th in the league. Mills scored a season-high 23 points and made five three-pointers in a win over Dallas on Nov. 30. Less than a month later, he again scored 23 points and converted another five treys in a victory over Portland on Dec. 23. Mills notched the second double-double of his career March 8, scoring 17 points and handing out 10 assists in a win over Sacramento. He was an important contributor during San Antonio's run to the Western Conference Finals, playing in 16 games -- six as a starter -- and averaging a playoff career-high 26.0 minutes per contest. In the postseason, Mills posted per-game averages of 10.3 points, 2.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.0 three-pointers.

2015

In Mills' fifth season with San Antonio, he tied his career high by playing in 81 games. The veteran guard logged 20.5 minutes per contest, the highest mark of his career. Mills grew as a distributor, averaging a career-best 2.8 assists per game. He also registered per-game averages of 8.5 points and 2.0 rebounds. As usual, Mills was a valuable source of outside shooting, making 1.5 three-pointers per game and shooting 38.4 percent from deep. He also made 81 percent of his free-throw attempts, marking the fifth straight season in which he converted at least 80.0 percent of his tries from the charity stripe. He collected a season-high four steals against Sacramento on Nov. 9, adding nine points and eight assists in the victory. Mills notched three games of 20-plus points during the regular season, including a 22-point, four-rebound, five-assist effort in a win over Orlando on Feb. 1. He came off the bench for each of the Spurs' ten playoff contests, averaging 16.7 minutes per game. Mills posted per-game averages of 6.6 points, 1.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.3 three-pointers in the postseason.

2014

Mills appeared in 51 games in 2014-15, his fifth NBA season and third with the Spurs. After a strong 2013-14 campaign, Mills was forced to sit out the first 31 games of the 2014-15 season due to a shoulder injury. He returned to action against Houston on Dec. 28, scoring eight points and grabbing four rebounds in 20 minutes. Mills went on average 15.7 minutes per contest in the regular season. He posted per-game averages of 6.9 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists. Mills also converted 1.2 three-pointers per game, making 34.1 percent of his attempts from deep. Mills scored a season-high 20 points against Minnesota on Jan. 10. Three days later, he nailed a season-high four three-pointers to score 12 points against Washington. Mills came off the bench for each of San Antonio's seven games in the postseason. He averaged 16.0 minutes per contest in the playoffs, producing 10.1 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.3 treys per game. He served as a spark plug on offense for the Spurs, going a remarkable 16-for-28 from three-point range.

2013

Mills enjoyed a breakout 2013-14 campaign. He played in a career-high 81 games, making three starts and averaging a career-high 18.9 minutes per contest. The 6-foot-1 guard posted per-game averages of 10.2 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists. He was very effective from deep, averaging a career-best 1.7 three-pointers per game and shooting 42.5 percent from beyond the arc -- seventh best in the NBA. Mills also shot a career-best 89.0 percent from the charity stripe. He scored a season-high 32 points against Charlotte on Feb. 8, adding seven rebounds and four assists in the victory. On March 6, Mills grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds and tallied nine points in a victory over Miami. He carried his strong regular season into the playoffs, playing in 23 postseason games and averaging 15.2 minutes per contest. Mills posted per-game averages of 7.3 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists, helping San Antonio win the NBA Championship. He scored 17 points -- including 14 in the third quarter -- in the series-clinching Game 5 of the Finals versus Miami.

2012

Mills returned for a second season with the Spurs for the 2012-13 campaign. He played in 58 games, averaging 11.3 minutes per contest. The Australian guard posted per-game averages of 5.1 points, 0.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists. He knocked down a total of 52 treys during the regular season, shooting 40.0 percent from deep. Mills scored a season-high 23 points against Golden State on April 15, nailing 5-of-8 attempts from three-point range. He played a total of 30.7 minutes in nine postseason contests, combining for 12 points, three rebounds and two assists.

2011

During the 2011 NBA lockout, Mills returned to Australia to play for the Melbourne Tigers of the National Basketball League. He logged nine games with Melbourne, posting per-game averages of 18.6 points, 5.0 assists and 2.7 treys per contest. Mills then went to China to play for the Xinjiang Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association. There, he averaged 26.5 points, 3.8 boards, 3.8 assists, 2.3 steals and 3.3 three-pointers in 12 games. Mills returned to the United States after the lockout ended and signed with the San Antonio Spurs in March. With San Antonio, he averaged 10.3 points and 2.4 assists across 16 regular-season games (and three starts). The 6-foot-1 guard nailed 1.5 three-pointers per contest and shot a solid 42.9 percent from beyond the arc. He exploded for a career-high 34 points in the regular-season finale (Apr. 26), with 12 assists, for his first career double-double. In the postseason, Mills saw action in eight games, averaging 1.9 points in 3.9 minutes per contest.

2010

During the 2010-11 season, Mills was given a larger role in his second season with the Trail Blazers. The 6-foot-1 guard played in 64 games, averaging 12.2 minutes per contest. He posted per-game averages of 5.5 points, 1.7 assists, 0.8 rebounds and 0.4 steals. Mills proved to be a threat from deep, averaging 0.7 three-pointers per game and shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc. He scored a career-high 23 points in the final game of the regular season, adding five rebounds, two assists and two steals in 29 minutes. Mills also saw court time in two playoff contests, grabbing one rebound in five combined minutes.

2009

Mills was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers with the 55th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft. He missed the start of his rookie season with an injured right foot and was assigned to the Idaho Stampede of the D-League upon his return. Mills thrived with Idaho, averaging 25.6 points, 5.4 assists and 1.6 steals across five games. He made an outstanding 21 three-pointers in 42 attempts in those five contests. Mills played a total of 10 regular-season games with Portland during his first season, scoring 2.6 points per game and going 2-of-4 from three-point range. In the postseason, Mills got into three contests, scoring six points and dishing three assists in 12 total minutes.

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Transaction History
  • June 25, 2009
    Drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2nd round (55th pick) of the 2009 NBA Draft.
  • October 1, 2009
    Signed a rookie deal with the Portland Trail Blazers.
  • September 1, 2010
    Signed a one-year deal with the Portland Trail Blazers.
  • March 27, 2012
    Signed a one-year deal with the San Antonio Spurs.
  • June 1, 2013
    Signed a two-year deal with the San Antonio Spurs.
  • July 1, 2014
    Signed a three-year extension with the San Antonio Spurs.
  • August 4, 2017
    Signed a four-year contract with the San Antonio Spurs.
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With Tony Parker getting older and also playing in just 55 games due to injury, Mills saw his most extensive action since joining the NBA in 2009. He wound up starting 36-of-82 games, while averaging a career-high 25.7 minutes. That translated to 10.0 points, 2.8 assists and 1.9 rebounds, though it was his three-point shooting that kept him on the radar in Fantasy leagues. Mills recorded 1.9 three-pointers per game and hit at a 37.2 percent clip. Still, the Spurs turned to promising rookie Dejounte Murray to work with the top unit over the final few months of the season, which resulted in Mills becoming a fixture in the second unit. San Antonio has clearly committed to Murray as the point guard of the future, so Mills is set for backup duties once again heading into 2018-19. He'll provide a reliable scorer and a ball-handler with the reserves, though he's unlikely to see much more court time than the 25.7 minutes he averaged a year prior, even with Parker signing elsewhere in free agency. As a result, Mills will simply be a three-point specialist for those in deeper leagues looking for a boost in that category.
Mills had yet another solid campaign backing up Tony Parker at point guard this past season, playing in 80 games and posting averages of 9.5 points, 1.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.8 three-pointers across 21.9 minutes. The 9.5 points marked his best scoring average since the 2013-14 season and he shot 44 percent from the field and 41.4 percent from the the three-point line, both of which were improvements from the previous year. Mills' reliability as a reserve point guard netted him a four-year, $50 million contract extension this offseason, and his role should be on the rise moving forward. The Spurs are slated to be without Tony Parker through at least January because of a ruptured quadriceps, which leaves Mills with the most experience at the position. He'll be the favorite to open the season as the starter, but should receive plenty of competition from impressive second-year player Dejounte Murray. The two could end up taking a committee approach, although that should be sorted out during training camp. Either way, Mills' value should be on the rise.
Shoulder surgery sidelined Mills for the first 31 games of the season in 2014-15, though he finished the next 51 games of the season relatively healthy. His production dipped from previous years, most likely due to the aftermath from the recovery of his shoulder procedure. Mills averaged 6.9 points, 1.2 three-pointers, 1.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 0.5 steals in 16 minutes per game. From an efficiency standpoint, Mills had the worst season of his career in 2014-15, shooting 38 percent from the field, 34 percent from three, and 83 percent from the free-throw line. Healthy, Mills will most likely be the primary backup to Tony Parker, though he'll get some competition from Ray McCallum and Jimmer Fredette. With Parker aging and the Spurs owning one of the deepest teams in the league, Mills could see increased action at the lead guard spot should coach Gregg Popovich decide to reduce Parker's minutes to fewer than the 29 per game that he played last season. Mills is a small shoot-first guard who is probably best in a bench role that affords him the luxury of being able to launch long-range shots without leaving the Spurs' core out of the equation. We've seen Popovich use his third-string guards to fill in at starter when Parker sits so that the rest of the rotations can remain intact, and that makes Mills' bench roll pretty much only a bench role with little hope for growth.
Patty Mills was a key piece in the Spurs' championship run last season. Entering his sixth campaign, Mills will be recovering from rotator cuff surgery on his right shoulder which is expected to sideline him until February. Last season, Mills averaged 10.2 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.1 blocks, and 1.7 three-pointers in 19 minutes per game through 81 games. He shot 46 percent from the field on 82 attempts per game and 89 percent from the line on 1.0 attempts per game. Mills signed a free-agent deal with the Spurs this offseason, despite the offseason surgery and was looming as a late-round fantasy sleeper. The injury pretty much rules Mills out of all discussion in standard leagues in drafts, but he still retains value in dynasty and deeper league formats. Mills finished last season seventh in three-point percentage, hitting 42 percent of his shots from deep, and also finished ninth in turnover percentage, turning the ball over just eight percent of the time. When Mills returns and has shaken off the rust, he should regain his role as the Spurs' backup point guard and go-to scorer on the second unit.
Patty is giving Cory Joseph a run for his money in the race for the backup job in camp, impressing with his scoring abilities. Even if he wins the role, Mills should only see limited touches in the second team offense with options such as Ginobili, Belinelli and Diaw on the floor.
Mills finished the 2011-12 season with the Spurs after playing in China during the lockout. He has some scoring ability - he posted back-to-back 30-point games in the last two contests of the year - and could carve out a decent-sized role as primary backup to Tony Parker.
A second-round selection in this year's draft, Mills suffered a broken foot shortly after the draft and has been sidelined since. The Blazers haven't offered Mills a contract yet, but he could be with the team once he returns to the court in late November.
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Coach's Decision
August 2, 2020
Mills (coach's decision) will play Sunday against Memphis, Jeff Garcia of News 4 San Antonio reports.
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Out for rest Friday
GSan Antonio Spurs
Coach's Decision
July 31, 2020
Mills will not play in Friday's restart opener against the Kings, Paul Garcia of ProjectSpurs.com reports.
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Impresses off bench
GSan Antonio Spurs
March 3, 2020
Mills registered 24 points (7-13 FG, 6-11 3Pt, 4-4 FT), three steals and one assist in 23 minutes during Monday's 116-111 loss to the Pacers.
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Moderate production off bench
GSan Antonio Spurs
February 26, 2020
Mills had eight points (3-11 FG, 2-8 3Pt), three rebounds, two assists and two steals over 28 minutes in Wednesday's 109-103 loss to Dallas.
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Catches fire off bench
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February 12, 2020
Mills poured in 20 points (7-13 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 3-3 FT) across 28 minutes Tuesday in the Spurs' 114-106 win over the Thunder.
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