Darius Miller
Darius Miller
29-Year-Old ForwardF
New Orleans Pelicans
Injury Achilles
Est. Return 4/1/2020
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Miller is coming off his most productive NBA season yet in 2018-19, averaging a career-high 8.2 points across 25.5 minutes per game. He did battle the injury bug a bit, but he still managed to appear in 69 games and make 15 starts for New Orleans. In those 15 starts, Miller saw a decent boost in minutes and production, averaging 10.6 points in 32.0 minutes. However, there's a strong chance he'll be out for all of the 2019-20 campaign following an offseason Achilles tear. As a result, he can be ignored in essentially every fantasy format. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $14.25 million contract with the Pelicans in July of 2019.
Suffers torn Achilles
FNew Orleans Pelicans
August 29, 2019
Miller underwent surgery Thursday to repair a ruptured right Achilles tendon. The forward is expected to be sidelined for 7-to-8 months, according to Malika Andrews of ESPN.com.
Miller presumably suffered the injury during a recent workout. Given the nature of Achilles tears, there's a fair chance that Miller misses the entire 2019-20 campaign. The injury opens up more time on the wing for the likes of Brandon Ingram, Nicolo Melli and Josh Hart.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Miller played in all 82 games last season and even started three contests. Across his 23.7 minutes per game, Miller was able to deliver 7.8 points on 44 percent shooting, including 1.8 made three-pointers per game. The addition of Julius Randle adds another body in the frontcourt, so expect Miller to once again spend the bulk of his time as a reserve wing. Regardless, Miller is mostly a three-point streamer in typical formats, given that he failed to make meaningful contributions in other categories last season.
Miller enters his third year in the NBA with the Pelicans after inking a new deal with New Orleans this summer. The Kentucky product has mostly failed to impress in his two years with the Pelicans. Last season, he appeared in 45 games, averaging 4.4 points, 1.2 rebounds, and 1.0 assist in 16 minutes per game. His shooting numbers, 44 percent from the floor and 33 percent from deep, aren't spectacular, but his 0.5 steals in limited action could be useful in that category if he gets extended time. Coach Monty Williams has previously shown a desire to leave Tyreke Evans in a sixth-man role, meaning the starting small forward spot could be open to Miller after the Pelicans opted not to retain incumbent Al-Farouq Aminu. Miller would have to beat out the veteran John Salmons for the job, were it available, but Salmons' best days are behind him, and Miller has the advantage of familiarity with Williams' system. For whatever it's worth, Miller showed flashes of productivity in seven starts last year, averaging 9.7 points and 1.9 steals per game.
Miller played in 52 games as a rookie last season but didn't do much of note statistically. With a litany of wing players ahead of him in the rotation, Miller won't see a lot of time on the floor with New Orleans, making a trip to the D-League this year possible. The coaching staff is hoping Miller improves defensively this season.
Drafted this year by the Hornets, Miller brings size and versatility to the team. Standing at 6’8 and playing four years at Kentucky, Miller plays both the wing positions. Averaging 9.9 ppg, 2.0 apg, 2.8 rpg and shooting above 37% from deep, Miller will be a serviceable utility player off the bench and be able to spell multiple positions. Barring injuries, Miller should be seen as strictly a utility player with the possibility of a very rare spot start.
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To sign with Pelicans
FNew Orleans Pelicans
July 3, 2019
Miller will sign a two-year, $14.25 million contract with the Pelicans, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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Ruled out Tuesday
FNew Orleans Pelicans
April 8, 2019
Miller (hip) will not play Tuesday against Golden State.
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Ruled out Sunday
FNew Orleans Pelicans
April 6, 2019
Miller (hip) won't play Sunday against the Kings.
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Out 1-to-2 weeks
FNew Orleans Pelicans
March 29, 2019
Miller has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 left adductor strain and will be out 1-2 weeks, Will Guillory of The Athletic reports.
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Ruled out for second half
FNew Orleans Pelicans
March 28, 2019
Miller won't return to Thursday's game against Sacramento due to a left thigh strain, Jennifer Hale of Fox Sports New Orleans reports.
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