|Leonard Hamilton gives Ian Miller a really small thumbs up.|Ian Miller
, Florida State, Senior, 6'3 197lbs2013/14 stats:
28.4 mpg, 13.7 ppg, 2.8 apg, 2.5 rpg, 0.7 spg, 0.0 bpg, 2.9 TOpg, 1.9 fpg, 44.9% FG, 39.9% 3PT, 87.3% FT
Miller can score, and Lord does he try. He is a shooter, a good shooter, and a very very enthusiastic shooter. Despite being 6'3 and roughly 200lbs, he is not a point guard or a creator - he can get the ball over halfcourt for you, but he's not going to collapse and kick, hit a roll man, or do anything especially point guardy. He has the ball up top a lot, but it's in the hunt for a shot.
Miller was pressed into this point guard masquerade in his time at Florida State, an act to which he committed his best. Miller can make the simple passes and handle the ball up top safely enough, which sufficed. It had to. His handle in traffic is less secure, however, and while he can use his good speed to get to the basket off ball screen action, he struggled to finish there, and instead settled for jumpers and floaters. Miller can nevertheless create jumpshots for himself with his speed and agility, pulling up on a dime and shooting a step back, and can make tough, contested shots. He has a quick release and NBA range (and if he doesn't have the latter, he soon will do), and can hit shots falling in all directions. Frankly, though, he chucks a few. He cannot end team scoring droughts in any way other than by chucking a shot, because he cannot consistently create them. And defensively, while Miller's good size and speed are good for the point guard spot, he gets lazy defensively at times and is too easily hung up on screens to prevent the drive.
Players such as Jannero Pargo and Ian Clark have made the NBA with similar skill sets, but Miller has never really shown NBA talent. Bundesliga talent, yes.