As a rookie trying to grasp everything quickly, New Orleans Hornets backup forward Darius Miller showed signs of progress this season. But it didn’t come easy and Miller was forced to make improvements while playing in the NBA Development League. Miller, 6 feet 8, 235 pounds, was assigned to the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development in late December after he had appeared in 27 games and was averaging two points a game for the Hornets. Before he was recalled Jan. 27, Miller played in 11 games with the Energy, which included eight starts, and averaged 9.9 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists in 27.2 minutes. Among the team's rookies, which included No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis and No. 10 overall pick Austin Rivers, Miller was the only Hornets player to draw a NBA Development League assignment. "It was a good chance to get some minutes, get experience against some good competition and get into game shape,’’ said Miller, who was the 46th overall pick in the second round of the 2012 NBA draft out of Kentucky."I just tried to get better.’’ Miller finished out the season with the Hornets, averaging 2.3 points and 1.5 rebounds. But he showed potential as a perimeter shooter, hitting 39.3 percent of his shots from 3-point range. Miller also was versatile, earning minutes during the season at small forward and shooting guard. Miller was more effective at the New Orleans Arena than on the road. He made 48.6 percent (17 of 35) of his 3-pointers attempted in 27 home games. On the road, Miller made only 23.8 percent (five of 21) of his 3-pointers in 25 games. Overall, Miller made 40.7 percent from the field. From five to nine feet of the basket, he made only 20 percent of his shots (2-of-10). He made 50 percent of his attempts from 15 to 19 feet. Miller played in 52 games and earned two starts. Although he didn’t have many breakout performances, one of Miller's more productive games came against the Denver Nuggets on March 25 when he scored 16 points on six-of-seven shooting, which including make four-of-five 3s. It was the only game of the season that Miller scored in double figures. He closed out the regular season going scoreless in the final seven games, though he averaged playing fewer than 10 minutes per game during the stretch.
New Orleans forward Darius Miller showed progress during rookie season
New Orleans Times-Picayune | May 11