NBA Draft Profile: Quincy Miller
Quincy Miller – SF/PF – 6'10, 219lbs.
Quincy Miller is one of the biggest risk/reward picks in this year's draft. His skill set and frame scream huge upside.
Miller is a perimeter player with an excellent jump-shot, which is a valuable commodity at his size. The freshman has excellent footwork, which helps him knock down a large percentage of his mid-range jumpers. One of the reasons Miller struggled at Baylor, which he is not to blame for, is because he played the same position as Perry Jones III and shares a similar skill set to Jones. His numbers are not what they could have been, had he been given the opportunity to emerge from Perry's shadow.
The main concern about Miller is how severely his athleticism was affected by ACL surgery in his last year of high school. He doesn't get much lift and he doesn't run the floor very well. This limited movement will hurt him when defending small forwards at the next level. Although he has the height to defend power forwards in the NBA, he by no means has the strength. His body type resembles that of Kevin Durant coming out of college (Durant was 6'10, 215lbs), but he has nowhere near the lateral quickness or first step that Durant possesed. He also lacks aggressiveness in one-on-one situations, where he often settles for jump shots as opposed to trying to create an easier shot. Whether this is due to his physical inabilities or simply his mentality, it is not a good sign.
ESPN's Chad Ford wrote about Miller and his knee in mid-june: “The talent is there, but concerns about his ACL and his position continue to haunt him. The medical reports from Chicago are starting to trickle in, and it looks like they aren't putting teams' concerns to rest.”