Ask around NBA circles, and nobody is likely to consider Brad Miller a former star. What he was, though, was probably a notch below that level, a high-level role player who brought so many different facets to the offensive side of the floor.
For someone as tall as Miller was at 6-foot-11, he had an incredibly soft touch from outside. Keep in mind, this was before everyone in the league was pretty much required to shoot threes. In the mid-2000s, it was a fairly rare sight.
The jumper was the key to everything Miller did offensively. He operated mostly out of the mid-post and could fire over shorter defenders or back the bigger ones down and hit them with a fadeaway. As a pick-and-pop threat, he demanded respect from beyond the arc as a career 33.0 percent 3-point shooter.
Despite the perceived softness which assuredly accompanied Miller as a jump-shooting big, the two-time All-Star was anything but. He wasn’t afraid to increase the physicality of the game, whether it meant sacrificing his body for rebounds or getting under the skin of the opposition.
Miller also proved to be an underrated passer at times. Teams would double him when he got the ball down low, and the former Purdue University graduate was above-average when it came to finding the open man, even if it didn’t directly lead to an assist.
The craziest part about Brad Miller’s career was that he actually went undrafted. To go from there to a productive center with a unique skill-set who lasted over a decade in the NBA speaks volumes to not only how talented he was, but how much work he put in as well.