Patty Mills

Patty Mills

33-Year-Old GuardG
Brooklyn Nets  NBA  
Brooklyn Nets
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Mills has been an extremely consistent producer for the Spurs over the past decade and will look to replicate that in Brooklyn. Last season, the 33-year-old averaged 10.8 points, 2.4 assists and 1.7 rebounds across 24.9 minutes per game. He played all 68 games and finished 161st in overall fantasy scorers -- the seventh time in the past eight years that he cracked the top 200. Mills is familiar with a reserve role, so taking a backseat to Kyrie Irving and James Harden shouldn't be a problem. When the Nets are healthy, Mills will garner plenty of open looks as defenses key in on the superstars. He will also provide insurance as an immediate spark if he is forced into a spot start or two. Mills will face competition from defensive-minded Jevon Carter and rookie flamethrower Cameron Thomas for reserve minutes, but he will likely command the majority of the playing time out of the trio of backup point guards. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $5.89 million contract with the Nets in August of 2021. Contract includes $6.18 million team option for 2022-23.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

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). 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.

Splashes five threes
GBrooklyn Nets
January 19, 2022
Mills closed Wednesday's 119-118 win over the Wizards with 17 points (6-10 FG, 5-7 3Pt), five rebounds, one assist and one block over 38 minutes.
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Mills is attempting a career-high 7.6 threes per game, while ranking in the leagues' top-15 by connecting on 42.0 percent of his triples. Over two-thirds of his shots have come from beyond the arc this season. Mills has hit at least three treys in four consecutive games and is trending upward.
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In his 11th season, Mills averaged a career-high 11.6 points and 2.3 triples to go with 1.8 dimes and 1.6 boards. He logged 22.5 minutes per contest, and while his numbers were nothing to hoot-and-holler about, he provided some quality shooting for fantasy managers in category leagues, going 43.1 percent from the floor, 86.6 percent from the free-throw line and 38.2 percent from three. Mills has made a name for himself as a three-point specialist off the bench, and he drained at least three triples in 21 games. A career 38.9 percent three-point shooter, Mills should be utilized for his long-range prowess in category formats this season, though his services are best reserved for deeper points leagues. It's unclear what Mills' playing time will look like this season, as none of Derrick White, Dejounte Murray or Bryn Forbes averaged more than 25.6 minutes in the Spurs' backcourt rotation in 2019-20. Based on recent seasons with the Spurs, it's reasonable to project Mills for minutes in the low-20's.
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.
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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Scores 21 points in win
GBrooklyn Nets
January 16, 2022
Mills registered 21 points (7-13 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 4-4 FT), one rebound, three assists and one steal across 29 minutes during Saturday's 120-105 victory over the Pelicans.
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Starting Saturday
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January 15, 2022
Mills will start Saturday's game against the Pelicans, Billy Reinhardt of NetsDaily.com reports.
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Resting Thursday
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January 13, 2022
Mills is out for rest Thursday against the Thunder, Ian Begley of SportsNet New York reports.
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Back to bench role
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January 10, 2022
Mills will come off the bench Monday against Portland, Kristian Winfield of the New York Daily News reports.
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Shifts to bench with Irving back
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January 5, 2022
Mills will come off the bench Wednesday against the Pacers, Billy Reinhardt of NetsDaily.com reports.
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