After he retired from playing, he got right into coaching. Now Miller will be a head coach of a basketball team.
Mike Miller was a sharpshooter throughout his career
One thing that Miller was known for throughout his career was his ability to shoot from long distance. A first-round draft pick by the Orlando Magic in 2000, Miller shot the ball well from long distance his rookie season. He shot 40 percent from deep while averaging 11.9 points per game. Miller only spent three seasons in Orlando and then was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies, where he became one of the top shooters in the league. The Magic traded Miller toward the end of the 2002-03 season, and when he joined Memphis, he shot lights out. During his time with the Grizzlies, he only had one season where he shot under 40 percent from deep.
In 2010 he joined the Miami Heat and played an important role off the bench. Miller was a part of back-to-back championship teams, and he showed a lot of veteran leadership on the team. Miller was a player that was well respected by a lot of players and coaches across the league. Though he wasn’t a high-level scorer, Miller knew his role in the teams he played for and was able to succeed.
After spending three seasons in Miami, Miller returned to Memphis and played one season with the Grizzlies. He teamed up with LeBron James again, but this time in Cleveland during the 2014-15 season and he finished his career playing for the Denver Nuggets. For his career, he averaged 10.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game. He shot 40 percent from beyond the arc, and he was named the Sixth Man of the Year in 2006.
Mike Miller joining Penny Hardaway at Memphis
After Miller retired from the league, he stayed involved in basketball. In 2018, he was hired as an assistant coach under Penny Hardaway at the University of Memphis. Hardaway and Miller were able to bring some of the top players to Memphis. The team won 20 plus games in Hardaway’s first two seasons with Miller alongside on the bench.
Miller’s time at Memphis was not long, but it was productive. ESPN reported that Miller was leaving the coaching staff to focus on his family. Miller tweeted out saying “The past two years have been amazing, and I have so many people to thank: Coach Hardaway for believing in me, all our players for their commitment, the University of Memphis and its incredible fans, my wonderful wife and kids, and the entire city of Memphis for everything you have done for me and my family. All of you made this opportunity possible for me, and I’m truly grateful.”
Mike Miller becoming a high school head coach
Miller will be a head coach for the first time. He accepted the head coaching position at Houston High School in Tennessee. “I’m excited to be a part of an outstanding school like Houston,” Miller said. “The opportunity to coach these kids is going to be an awesome experience.” Miller will be taking over a program that had an impressive season the year before as they finished with a 29-4 record.
He will also have the opportunity to coach his sons, Mason and Mavrik. Mason is one of the top recruits in the state. Miller is excited to be able to coach his sons and a team that has had success in the past. With Miller’s NBA and coaching experience, his team will have a lot of success.