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Reggie Miller Might Not Have Been the Best Basketball Player in His Family

Talent often runs in families, especially in the basketball world. Father-son and sibling tandems are a common occurrence. For example, brothers Markieff and Marcus Morris both play in the league. Likewise, the NBA employs all three of the Holiday brothers, Jrue, Aaron, and Justin.

An interesting brother-sister basketball duo involves Hall of Famers Reggie and Cheryl Miller. Although fewer people follow women’s basketball, Cheryl arguably showed even greater skills than her brother. Let’s look at their pro basketball careers.

Reggie Miller’s time in the NBA

The Indiana Pacers selected Reggie with the 11th pick of the 1987 NBA Draft. The UCLA alum played a backup role in his rookie season and moved into the starting lineup in his sophomore year.

By his third season, Reggie established himself as the team’s most talented player, putting up a career-best 24.6 points per game. Even more impressively, the shooting guard shot 51.4% from the floor and 41.4% from the three-point line during his third season.

Over the course of his 18 years in the NBA, Reggie averaged 47.1% shooting from the floor and 39.5% from the three-point line. Those numbers reflect the fact that he ranks among the most skilled shooters of all time, especially from three-point range.

Reggie currently ranks No. 2 in all-time made three-pointers, with 2,560. Only the legendary Ray Allen made more threes in his career. Eventually, some of today’s stars — Stephen Curry and James Harden, for instance — will likely eclipse Reggie’s mark. But this doesn’t diminish Reggie’s feats, especially since he played at a time when three-point shots were far less common.

Cheryl Miller’s basketball career

Cheryl is widely considered the single greatest player in the history of women’s basketball, despite never playing in the WNBA. After a dominant high school career — she once scored 105 points in a single game — Cheryl chose to play basketball for the University of Southern California.

In her first season in 1983, she took home Most Outstanding Player honors, while leading the Trojans to a national championship. During Cheryl’s sophomore season, she led the Trojans to their second straight national title, while capturing MOP honors again. As if those accomplishments weren’t enough, Cheryl led the U.S. Women’s Olympic Basketball team to a gold medal in the 1984 Summer Games.

During her college career, Cheryl averaged 23.6 points and 12 rebounds per game. The four-time All-American took home NCAA Player of the Year awards in 1984, 1985, and 1986. In honor of her impressive feats, USC made Cheryl the first player of any gender to have their number retired.

Which Miller sibling was more dominant?

Both Miller siblings were gifted athletes. Reggie was able to maximize his gifts in the highly visible NBA. Yet this doesn’t diminish Cheryl’s achievements. When you compare their careers, it’s glaringly clear that Cheryl had a greater impact on her teams’ successes than Reggie ever did.

Cheryl led her USC teams to two NCAA championships. Furthermore, she won gold medals at the 1984 Olympics, 1986 Goodwill Games, and 1986 FIBA World Championship for Women.

Meanwhile, Reggie never won a single NBA title. He did, however, take home a gold medal for his contributions to the 1996 Men’s Olympic Basketball team. Yet Cheryl ultimately displayed more dominance, as evidenced by her GOAT status in women’s hoops.

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