Mike Miller 10,000 Career Points: Heat Forward Reaches Scoring Milestone
Heat forward Mike Miller netted his 10,000th career point Tuesday during Miami’s win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
With the bucket, a 3-pointer in the second quarter of the matchup, Miller became the 48th active player to have reached the milestone. The 32-year-old long-range specialist finished the night with six points as the Heat beat the Thunder 103-97 in a rematch of last season’s NBA Finals.
Including Miller, the Heat have six players with at least 10,000 points: Ray Allen, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Rashard Lewis and Chris Bosh.
Only one other NBA team — the Los Angeles Lakers — have six 10,000-point scorers on their roster.
The 2001 NBA Rookie of the Year, Mike Miller has spent 13 years in the league and played for a handful of teams including the Orlando Magic, Memphis Grizzlies, Minnesota Timberwolves and the Washington Wizards.
The former University of Florida standout enjoyed perhaps his best season with the Grizzlies in 2005-2006 when he averaged averaged 13.7 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists, while shooting 47% from the field and 41% from three-point range in just over 30 minutes playing time per game.
For his efforts he was the named the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award.
In 2010, Miller signed a five-year $25 million contract with the Miami Heat, but unfortunately injured his thumb while guarding LeBron James in practice during the pre-season, sidelining him for several weeks.
Because of his injuries, Miller played in 39 games last season, finishing with an average of 6.1 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. This season, he is averaging four points and just over two boards per contest.