Darius Miller
Darius Miller
30-Year-Old ForwardF
New Orleans Pelicans
OFS
Injury Achilles
Est. Return 12/1/2020
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Miller is coming off his most productive NBA season yet in 2018-19, averaging a career-high 8.2 points across 25.5 minutes per game. He did battle the injury bug a bit, but he still managed to appear in 69 games and make 15 starts for New Orleans. In those 15 starts, Miller saw a decent boost in minutes and production, averaging 10.6 points in 32.0 minutes. However, there's a strong chance he'll be out for all of the 2019-20 campaign following an offseason Achilles tear. As a result, he can be ignored in essentially every fantasy format. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $14.25 million contract with the Pelicans in July of 2019.
Officially out for restart
FNew Orleans Pelicans
Out For Season
July 6, 2020
Miller (Achilles) will not play for the Pelicans when the season resumes in Orlando, Andrew Lopez of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
There was initially some hope that Miller would be able to return from his torn Achilles tendon, but he'll play it safe and be held out when the season resumes. Miller suffered the injury in late-August of 2019 and was initially given a seven-to-eight-month timetable. As of last week, Miller was able to go through on-court work, but he hadn't had a chance to play 3-on-3 or 5-on-5.
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Transaction History
  • December 10, 2011
    As part of a 3-team trade, traded by the Dallas Mavericks (as a future 2012 2nd round draft pick) to the Washington Wizards; the Dallas Mavericks traded Tyson Chandler, Ahman Nivins and Georgios Printezis to the New York Knicks; the New York Knicks traded Andy Rautins to the Dallas Mavericks; the New York Knicks traded Ronny Turiaf, cash and a 2013 2nd round draft pick (Arsalan Kazemi was later selected) to the Washington Wizards; and the Washington Wizards traded a 2012 2nd round draft pick to the Dallas Mavericks. (top-55 protected, not conveyed) Dallas also received a trade exception from New York. Dallas did not receive the 2nd round draft pick from Washington because it was top 55 protected.
  • June 20, 2012
    Traded by the Washington Wizards (as a future 2012 2nd round draft pick) with Rashard Lewis to the New Orleans Hornets for Trevor Ariza and Emeka Okafor.
  • June 28, 2012
    Drafted by the New Orleans Hornets in the 2nd round (46th pick) of the 2012 NBA Draft.
  • December 31, 2012
    Assigned to the Iowa Energy of the G-League.
  • January 26, 2013
    Recalled from the Iowa Energy of the G-League.
  • July 25, 2014
    Signed a multi-year contract with the New Orleans Pelicans
  • November 30, 2014
    Waived by the New Orleans Pelicans.
  • July 24, 2017
    Signed a multi-year contract with the New Orleans Pelicans
  • July 21, 2019
    Signed as a free agent with the New Orleans Pelicans.
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Miller played in all 82 games last season and even started three contests. Across his 23.7 minutes per game, Miller was able to deliver 7.8 points on 44 percent shooting, including 1.8 made three-pointers per game. The addition of Julius Randle adds another body in the frontcourt, so expect Miller to once again spend the bulk of his time as a reserve wing. Regardless, Miller is mostly a three-point streamer in typical formats, given that he failed to make meaningful contributions in other categories last season.
Miller enters his third year in the NBA with the Pelicans after inking a new deal with New Orleans this summer. The Kentucky product has mostly failed to impress in his two years with the Pelicans. Last season, he appeared in 45 games, averaging 4.4 points, 1.2 rebounds, and 1.0 assist in 16 minutes per game. His shooting numbers, 44 percent from the floor and 33 percent from deep, aren't spectacular, but his 0.5 steals in limited action could be useful in that category if he gets extended time. Coach Monty Williams has previously shown a desire to leave Tyreke Evans in a sixth-man role, meaning the starting small forward spot could be open to Miller after the Pelicans opted not to retain incumbent Al-Farouq Aminu. Miller would have to beat out the veteran John Salmons for the job, were it available, but Salmons' best days are behind him, and Miller has the advantage of familiarity with Williams' system. For whatever it's worth, Miller showed flashes of productivity in seven starts last year, averaging 9.7 points and 1.9 steals per game.
Miller played in 52 games as a rookie last season but didn't do much of note statistically. With a litany of wing players ahead of him in the rotation, Miller won't see a lot of time on the floor with New Orleans, making a trip to the D-League this year possible. The coaching staff is hoping Miller improves defensively this season.
Drafted this year by the Hornets, Miller brings size and versatility to the team. Standing at 6’8 and playing four years at Kentucky, Miller plays both the wing positions. Averaging 9.9 ppg, 2.0 apg, 2.8 rpg and shooting above 37% from deep, Miller will be a serviceable utility player off the bench and be able to spell multiple positions. Barring injuries, Miller should be seen as strictly a utility player with the possibility of a very rare spot start.
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Might not be ready for Orlando
FNew Orleans Pelicans
Out For Season
July 3, 2020
Miller (Achilles) may not be healthy enough to play in Orlando during the eight-game regular season, Will Guillory of The Athletic reports.
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Return status 'up in the air'
FNew Orleans Pelicans
Out For Season
June 9, 2020
Miller's (Achilles) status is "up in the air" for the resumption of the NBA season in Orlando, Andrew Lopez of ESPN.com reports.
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Remains in early stages of rehab
FNew Orleans Pelicans
Out For Season
January 20, 2020
Miller has been limited to jogging on an anti-gravity treadmill and taking part in light shooting on the court since undergoing surgery in late August to repair a ruptured right Achilles' tendon, Will Guillory of The Athletic reports.
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Suffers torn Achilles
FNew Orleans Pelicans
Out For Season
August 29, 2019
Miller underwent surgery Thursday to repair a ruptured right Achilles tendon. The forward is expected to be sidelined for 7-to-8 months, according to Malika Andrews of ESPN.com.
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To sign with Pelicans
FNew Orleans Pelicans
July 3, 2019
Miller will sign a two-year, $14.25 million contract with the Pelicans, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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