Patty Mills
Patty Mills
30-Year-Old GuardG
San Antonio Spurs
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $49.71 million contract with the Spurs in July of 2017.
Scores 12 points in 18 minutes
GSan Antonio Spurs
April 20, 2019
Mills supplied 12 points (3-6 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 6-8 FT), three assists, two rebounds, and one steal in 18 minutes during Saturday's 117-103 Game 4 loss to the Nuggets.
Mills was as energetic as usual despite dealing with a hyperextended left thumb, and he scored more points in this one than he had in the first three games of this series combined (nine). Mills is normally a reliable low-end source of threes and assists. With that being said, he continues to see limited minutes lately, as he's seen a noticeable drop in playing time (from 23.3 minutes per game in the regular season to 19.3 through four playoff games).
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Playing through thumb injury
GSan Antonio Spurs
April 17, 2019
Mills revealed prior to Tuesday's Game 2 that he's playing through a hyperextended left thumb, the San Antonio Express-News reports.
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Deadly from deep
GSan Antonio Spurs
April 5, 2019
Mills compiled 17 points (5-11 FG, 4-10 3Pt, 3-4 FT), two rebounds, three assists and a steal over 20 minutes Friday against the Wizards.
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Scores 14 off bench
GSan Antonio Spurs
April 2, 2019
Mills registered 14 points (5-9 FG, 4-8 3Pt), a rebound, two assists, a steal and a block over 21 minutes Tuesday against Atlanta.
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Hits five triples in loss
GSan Antonio Spurs
March 21, 2019
Mills finished with 17 points (6-13 FG, 5-9 3Pt), six assists, and two rebounds in 29 minutes during Wednesday's 110-105 loss to the Heat.
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Scores 12 points Saturday
GSan Antonio Spurs
March 17, 2019
Mills totaled 12 points (3-9 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT), four assists, one rebound, and one steal in 25 minutes during Saturday's 108-103 victory over Portland.
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