The Kings tried something different with their NBA Development League affiliate, the Reno Bighorns, by implementing an offense heavy on three-point shooting and running.
Quincy Miller said that style helped him draw the attention of many NBA teams. Now he’s back in the league.
The Kings signed Miller to a 10-day contract Saturday, and the 6-foot-10, 220-pound forward debuted with 31.8 seconds left in the first half against the Los Angeles Clippers at Sleep Train Arena.
Miller led the D-League with 26.3 points and 3.7 blocks per game. He also averaged 7.6 rebounds and 1.5 steals while shooting 52.2 percent.
The Bighorns attempt 47.8 three-pointers per game, 6.4 coming from Miller.
“It just gives you an opportunity to be who you really are because if you’re not making shots and you can’t really finish, it’s going to show because that’s all we do,” Miller said. “And it helped me get in shape because we run all day.”
Miller said he can play small or power forward and believes his shot blocking can translate to the NBA level. The Kings have been hit with injuries in the frontcourt lately, and Miller’s scoring ability could add depth and versatility.
Miller said signing with the Kings was a matter of comfort.
“It’s real familiar as far as (Kings general manager) Pete (D’Alessandro) goes,” Miller said. “I know a lot of guys on the team, and it’s close to Reno. I just like it.”
After being named the Big 12 Conference co-Freshman of the Year with Baylor, Miller was a second-round pick of the Denver Nuggets (38th overall) in 2012. In two seasons with the Nuggets, he appeared in 59 games, including 52 last season. Denver waived him before this season.
Miller said his struggles to return to the NBA and his comeback from a torn ACL in high school have toughened him.
“I faced a lot of adversity at this point in time, but at the same time, it’s a blessing,” Miller said. “Something I’m appreciative of.”
Family matters – Much has been made about the Clippers’ recent deal that brought guard Austin Rivers to Los Angeles.
Rivers is the son of Clippers coach Doc Rivers, who said a father coaching his son is a non-issue.
“Honestly, I think you guys can make a big deal of it all you want,” Rivers said. “The family, they come to every game. For me, it’s easier, I don’t have to watch two teams play. I can watch one team play.”