Though Miller did not win a title, he played in an NBA Finals one time in his career, losing to the Los Angeles Lakers. He had the opportunity of playing against some of the greats. Two people, in particular, were Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan.
A look at Reggie Miller’s career
Miller started his NBA career during the 1987-88 season. In his first year, Miller came off the bench and averaged 10 points. After his rookie season, Miller became a starter and a top player for the Pacers for many seasons. During the 1989-90 season, Miller had a breakout season. He was named to his first all-star team, and he averaged 24.6 points, which the highest of his career.
During the 1995 NBA playoffs, Miller had a performance that no one will forget. In Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the New York Knicks, Miller scored eight points in 8.9 seconds to lead the Pacers to a 107-105 victory. Miller displayed his true abilities during the final moments of that game. The Pacers were trailing the Knicks 105-99 with 18.7 seconds left to play. Everything worked out in Miller’s favor as he hit multiple 3-pointers and had a key steal during that time frame. The Pacers beat the Knicks that series but ended up losing to the Orlando Magic in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Miller hit some big shots throughout his career and played an important role for the Pacers during his time there. During his career, he averaged 18.2 points, three rebounds, and three assists. Miller shot 47 percent from the 3-point line and is currently second on the all-time 3-point made list with 2,560 made. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2012.
Reggie Miller playing against Michael Jordan
The Pacers and the Chicago Bulls had a lot of battles during Miller’s and Michael Jordan’s career. The two went back and forth during their battles, and it was a sight to see. Miller and Jordan played against each other 49 times, including the regular season and playoffs. Jordan has the edge over Miller with a 32-17 record.
Though Jordan had the better stats against Mille throughout their career, Miller had the chance of knocking Jordan out of the playoffs in 1998. The Pacers and Bulls battled in the 1998 Eastern Conference Finals as the Bulls were looking to win a third straight title. Miller and the Pacers battled Jordan and the Bulls for seven games, and in the end, the Bulls won the series. The Pacers were one game away from spoiling the Bulls chance of dominance.
Reggie Miller playing against Kobe Bryant
Miller did not play in as many games with Bryant as he did with Jordan, but Miller had a chance to battle Bryant in the NBA Finals. The 2000 NBA Finals was the first time that Bryant and Miller played in the finals before. The Lakers got the best of the Pacers and defeated them 4-1 in the series.
Miller had the chance two battle two of the best players to ever play the game in the playoffs and in the finals. Not too many people can say they did that. Those battles only made Miller a better player, and his career will always be remembered.