Paul Millsap

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Paul Millsap
Paul Millsap.jpg
Millsap in 2009 with the Utah Jazz.
No. 4 – Atlanta Hawks
PositionPower forward
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born(1985-02-10) February 10, 1985 (age 29)
Monroe, Louisiana
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 8 in (203 cm)
Listed weight253 lb (115 kg)
Career information
High schoolGrambling Laboratory
(Grambling, Louisiana)
CollegeLouisiana Tech (2003–2006)
NBA draft2006 / Round: 2 / Pick: 47th overall
Selected by the Utah Jazz
Pro playing career2006–present
Career history
20062013Utah Jazz
2013–presentAtlanta Hawks
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
 
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Paul Millsap
Paul Millsap.jpg
Millsap in 2009 with the Utah Jazz.
No. 4 – Atlanta Hawks
PositionPower forward
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born(1985-02-10) February 10, 1985 (age 29)
Monroe, Louisiana
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 8 in (203 cm)
Listed weight253 lb (115 kg)
Career information
High schoolGrambling Laboratory
(Grambling, Louisiana)
CollegeLouisiana Tech (2003–2006)
NBA draft2006 / Round: 2 / Pick: 47th overall
Selected by the Utah Jazz
Pro playing career2006–present
Career history
20062013Utah Jazz
2013–presentAtlanta Hawks
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com

Paul Millsap (born February 10, 1985) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). As a 6'8", 253 pound power forward from Louisiana Tech University, Millsap was selected by the Utah Jazz in the second round (47th overall) of the 2006 NBA Draft. He was an early entrant to the draft as a junior. He was the only player in NCAA basketball history to lead the nation in rebounding for three consecutive years. He played in Utah until 2013, when he became a member of the Atlanta Hawks.

NBA career[edit]

Utah Jazz (2006–2013)[edit]

In late 2006, some sports journalists were referring to Millsap as a potential Rookie of the Year[1] candidate, an award not traditionally given to players taken so late in the draft. Though the award would ultimately go to Brandon Roy, Millsap had a strong first season, leading all rookies with six double-doubles. He finished the 2006–07 season with averages of around 7 points per game, 5 rebounds per game, nearly one steal and one block; he had season highs of 20 points, 17 rebounds, 4 blocks, 4 steals, 3 assists, and 38 minutes. He played in all 82 of Utah's games. Early in the 2007–08 season, Millsap achieved a new career high of 24 points during a win against the Cleveland Cavaliers. He later extended his career high to 28 points against the Orlando Magic in late December 2007. His next career high came in December 2008 against the Boston Celtics when he scored 32 points. Millsap had played in 194 straight games since being drafted by the Jazz in 2006; he missed his first game of his professional career on December 26, 2008 against the Dallas Mavericks due to a sprained posterior cruciate ligament injury in his knee suffered against the Milwaukee Bucks on December 23, 2008.[2]

Millsap was Jazz all-star forward Carlos Boozer's replacement during much of the 2008–2009 season (Boozer suffered a quadriceps injury and later a severe knee injury that led to surgery). His numbers soared, as he averaged 15.5 points per game on 56% shooting, and 9.5 rebounds.

At the start of the 2010–11 season, Millsap was awarded a full-time starting position at power forward after long-time starter Boozer left Utah to join the Chicago Bulls during free agency of summer 2010. He started alongside newly acquired center Al Jefferson, who came to Utah via trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves. On November 9, 2010, he scored a career-high 46 points against the Miami Heat in a 116-114[3] overtime victory after coming back from a 22-point deficit. Millsap scored 11 points in 28 seconds at the end of regulation, including three three-pointers, one more than he had made in his entire career before then. He also hit a buzzer-beater to force overtime. It marked the first home loss for the newly assembled Heat trio of Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh.

Atlanta Hawks (2013–present)[edit]

On July 10, 2013, after spending the first seven years of his career with the Jazz, Millsap signed a two-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks.[4][5] On January 30, 2014, Millsap was voted by the coaches to be a reserve on the 2014 East All-Star team.[6]

On March 18, 2014, Millsap recorded his first career triple double with 19 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in a 118-113 overtime win over the Toronto Raptors.[7]

Contract details[edit]

After being drafted 47th overall in the 2006 NBA Draft, Millsap signed a 3 year, $2.11 million contract on August 2, 2006.

Following the 2008–2009 season, on June 25, 2009, the Jazz tendered a qualifying offer to Millsap, making him a restricted free agent.[8] A few weeks later, on July 10, 2009, he signed an offer sheet from the Portland Trail Blazers for $32 million over four years, including $6.2 million in the 2009–2010 season, with a $5.6 million signing bonus, with $10.3 million to be paid within seven days of the contract's approval by the NBA.[9] The Jazz had the right to match the offer ("right of first refusal"), and did so seven days later, on July 17, 2009.[10]

On July 10, 2013, after having his free agent rights renounced by his former team, the Utah Jazz, Millsap signed a two-year, $19 million contract with the Atlanta Hawks.

Awards and honors[edit]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Correct as of February 17, 2014

Legend
  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
 FG% Field goal percentage 3P% 3-point field goal percentage FT% Free throw percentage
 RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game
 BPG Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high

Regular season[edit]

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2006–07Utah82118.0.525.333.6735.2.8.8.96.8
2007–08Utah82220.8.504.000.6775.61.0.9.98.1
2008–09Utah763830.1.538.000.6998.61.81.01.013.5
2009–10Utah82827.8.538.111.6936.81.6.81.211.6
2010–11Utah767634.3.531.391.7577.62.51.4.917.3
2011–12Utah646232.8.495.226.7928.82.31.8.816.6
2012–13Utah787830.4.490.333.7427.12.61.31.014.6
2013–14Atlanta747333.5.461.358.7318.53.11.71.117.9
Career59031427.9.510.325.7257.11.91.21.012.9
All-Star1014.5.600.000.0003.01.0.0.06.0

Playoffs[edit]

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2007Utah17015.5.525.000.6674.4.5.6.55.9
2008Utah12017.5.516.000.5203.9.3.61.36.4
2009Utah5031.0.510.000.5008.01.6.81.011.8
2010Utah10032.3.574.000.6908.82.21.11.418.0
2012Utah4434.8.370.000.50011.0.5.32.512.0
2014Atlanta7738.1.398.333.80410.92.91.41.919.4
Career551124.7.489.265.6656.71.2.81.210.9

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