In an ideal world, Quincy Miller wouldn’t be eligible for the NBA draft until he concluded his sophomore season or even junior season at the University of Baylor, but that’s a discussion for a different time. In this world, he is simply the latest freshman to declare for the the 2012 NBA Draft according to Marc Spears of YahooSports.com.
According to most scouts, Miller is pegged as late-first or early-second round pick based purely on his upside. In one season at Baylor he put somewhat pedestrian stats (19.85 PER, 10.6 PPG, 4.9 RPG, .447 FG%) and failed to really establish himself as a force in the NCAA tournament. Neither he nor Perry Jones III seemed to be able mesh offensively, and while Miller was only a year removed from a torn ACL following high school, scouts are unsure about his body and lack of elite NBA skills.
“His body is nowhere near mature to impact the NBA game yet,” the NBA scout said. “He’s a talented kid with good size and skills. He’s a streaky shooter who can put it on the floor and get his own shot. He has range out to the college 3-pointer, but struggled with his shot all season.”
As of now Miller probably ranks as the fourth or fifth best player at his position for projected NBA prospects. Many think he is somewhat of a ‘tweener unless he can get much stronger to match up with 4s at the next level, and he doesn’t have the ball skills to compete with other small forwards who have declared or are expected to do so.
That being said, let’s take a look at teams where Miller might be a fit later in the first round and who could have the luxury of waiting on his development:
Dallas Mavericks: Dallas doesn’t have any salary committed to small their small forward position past 2013 (though Shawn Marion has a team option in 2013). The Mavs can draft and stash Miller while letting Rick Carlisle and Player Development Director Ronaldo Blackman help mold his game.
Chicago Bulls: Chicago will most likely have Luol Deng on the roster for the foreseeable football, and the Bulls drafted Jimmy Butler last season, who has all the tools to develop into a good NBA small forward. Still, Miller would be a nice luxury to have if he can add strength and play more of stretch 3 or even 4.
Indiana Pacers: Indiana might be the ideal destination. Larry Bird’s staff has done a good job developing young players thus far, and with Danny Granger turning into mostly a jump shooter, Indiana could use another player in a year or two who can attack the basket off the dribble.
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