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Reggie Miller
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Reggie Miller

Position: Guard Olympic #: 10
Born: 8/24/65 (Riverside, Calif.) College: UCLA
Height: 6’ 7” Weight: 190 lbs.

A volatile, high-voltage scorer from the off-guard spot, Reggie Miller is one of the greatest shooters of his era. His ability to pour in points, coupled with his penchant for spectacular playoff performances, has helped lift the Indiana Pacers to prominence in the Eastern Conference. A two-time All-Star, Miller also ranks as one of the most prolific three-point bombers in NBA history.

The brother of Cheryl Miller, one of the greatest women basketball players of all time and now head coach of the women’s basketball team at USC, and Darrell Miller, an outfielder and catcher for the California Angels from 1984-88, Reggie Miller went to college at UCLA. As a junior he was fourth in the nation, with a scoring average of 25.9 points per game. He poured in 22.3 points per contest as a senior and was claimed by the Indiana Pacers with the 11th overall pick in the 1987 NBA Draft.

Miller averaged 10.0 points as a rookie, coming off the Pacers’ bench behind John Long. He boosted that to 16.0 points per game as a starter the next year, then really blossomed in 1989-90. In the first of four years in which he averaged better than 20 points, he piled in a career high 24.6 points per contest to rank seventh in the NBA. He also played in his first All-Star Game. Miller followed that year with another fine season in 1990-91, hitting for 22.6 points per contest and leading the NBA with a free-throw percentage of .918. He turned in similar numbers the next two seasons as the club hovered around the .500 mark but lost in the first round of the playoffs each year.

In 1993-94 Larry Brown took over as head coach. Miller’s scoring average slipped to 19.9 points per game, but he finished second in the league in free-throw percentage and third in three-point field-goal percentage. He also became the team’s all-time leading scorer and only the fourth player in NBA history to hit 800 three-pointers in his career. The Pacers won 47 games that year and then went all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals. In the playoffs, Miller averaged 23.2 points and put on one of the great performances in playoff history when he hit for 25 points in the fourth quarter of a game against the New York Knicks. Miller’s spectacular play during Indiana’s playoff run, which was the longest in the team’s NBA history, propelled him to superstardom. That summer, he participated on Dream Team II, the U.S. squad that captured a gold medal at the 1994 World Championship of Basketball.

The 1994-95 season was a repeat performance both for Miller, who averaged 19.6 points per game, and for the Pacers, who once again reached the Eastern Conference Finals. Miller was voted by fans to start in the 1995 NBA All-Star Game and was named to the All-NBA Third Team at season’s end. He also drained his 1,000th career three-pointer during the season, joining Dale Ellis and Danny Ainge as the only players to reach that plateau.

NBA Regular-Season Record (All with Indiana)
  G FGM-FGA Pct. 3PM-3PA Pct. FTM-FTA Pct. Reb/Avg Pts/Avg Ast. Stl. Blk.
‘87-‘88 82 306-627 .488 61-172 .355 149-186 .801 190/2.3 822/10.0 132 53 19
‘88-‘89 74 398-831 .479 98-244 .402 287-340 .844 292/3.9 1181/16.0 227 93 29
‘89-‘90 82 661-1287 .514 150-362 .414 544-627 .868 295/3.6 2016/24.6 311 110 18
‘90-‘91 82 596-1164 .512 112-322 .348 551-600 *.918 281/3.4 1855/22.6 331 109 13
‘91-‘92 82 562-1121 .501 129-341 .378 442-515 .858 318/3.9 1695/20.7 314 105 26
‘92-‘93 82 571-1193 .479 167-419 .399 427-485 .880 258/3.1 1736/21.2 262 120 26
‘93-‘94 79 524-1042 .503 123-292 .421 403-444 .908 212/2.7 1574/19.9 248 119 24
‘94-‘95 81 505-1092 .462 195-470 .415 383-427 .897 210/2.6 1588/19.6 242 98 16
‘95-‘96 76 504-1066 .473 168-410 .410 430-498 .863 214/2.8 1606/21.1 253 77 13
Totals 720 4627-9423 .491 1203-3032 .397 3616-4122 877 2270/3.2 14073/19.5 2320 884 184
  * Led league

USA Basketball Record
  G FGM-FGA Pct. 3PM-3PA Pct. FTM-FTA Pct. Reb/Avg Pts/Avg Ast. Stl. Blk.
‘83 USOF 4 21-53 .396 22-32 .689 13/3.3 64/16.0 9 4 0
‘94 WCOB 8 44-73 .603 30-57 .526 19-20 .950 13/1.6 137/17.1 18 9 0
       * Tied for most made three-point field goals at the 1994 World Championship

1983 USOF   —   1983 U.S. Olympic Festival, West Team, Colorado Springs, Colorado (the West finished 0-4)
1994 WC   —   1994 World Championship of Basketball, Toronto, Canada (the USA finished 8-0 and won the gold medal)

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