DEAL: Miller still representing 2000 NBA Draft class

Mike Miller has stood the test of NBA time. The Mitchell native reportedly agreed to re-sign with the Denver Nuggets earlier this week. The veteran sharpshooter agreed to a two-year deal in the $6 million range, according to reports. Ultimately, ...

Apr 13, 2016; Portland, OR, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Mike Miller (3) dribbles during the second quarter against the Portland Trailblazers at Moda Center at the Rose Garden. (Cole Elsasser/USA TODAY Sports)

Mike Miller has stood the test of NBA time.

The Mitchell native reportedly agreed to re-sign with the Denver Nuggets earlier this week. The veteran sharpshooter agreed to a two-year deal in the $6 million range, according to reports.

Ultimately, he's going to get to keep playing, something he said he still loves.

"I still go to the gym every day," he said earlier summer. "I enjoy being a part of this stuff. It's a blessing to wake up and play. I haven't set any roles. I'll just try to be the best I can and whatever they ask me to do."

The upcoming 2016-17 season will be Miller's 17th season in the league and Miller is one of just two players from the 2000 NBA Draft still playing in the league.


There were 60 players in that draft and only two remain. Let that sink in for a moment.

The other holdover from that draft is Jamal Crawford, who recently re-signed with the Los Angeles Clippers for a three-year deal worth $42 million

The pair have carved out niches for themselves on their respective teams over the years; Miller as a floor-spacing three-point specialist and Crawford as a high-volume scorer. Both off the bench, too.

Incredibly, there's a lot of similarities between Miller and Crawford. They were both Sixth Man of the Year winners. Miller in 2006 and Crawford three times (2010, 2014, 2016).

Miller has played for seven teams. Crawford has played for six teams.

Miller holds two noticeable accomplishments over Crawford. The former Kernel was Rookie of the Year after the 2000-01 season and is a two-time NBA champion with the Miami Heat.

Miller was chosen No. 5 by the Orlando Magic. Crawford was chosen No. 8 by the Cleveland Cavaliers, but was later traded to the Chicago Bulls on draft night.

Miller and Crawford, both 36, have definitely made their mark on the NBA.


The rest of the 2000 draft class? Not so much.

Seventeen years gives us perspective on the talent in that draft and how it all panned out in the NBA. The verdict is in: the class has been tabbed as one of the worst draft classes in NBA history.

The rest of the class-from No. 1 pick Kenyon Martin, to high school sensation Darius Miles and national champion point guard Mateen Cleaves-had less-than-stellar NBA careers and several fizzled out after short stints in the league.

Here is a look back at some other notable members (including the four taken before Miller) of the forgettable draft class:

Martin: The former University of Cincinnati power forward did play 15 years in the NBA. He was drafted by the New Jersey Nets and was later an all-star for the Nuggets. He last played for the Milwaukee Bucks in 2015.

Stromile Swift: The high-flying LSU product was taken No. 2 by the Vancouver Grizzlies. He played 11 seasons for four teams and also played in China.

Miles: The high school-to-pro standout from Illinois was chosen by the Los Angeles Clippers at No. 3 and was projected to be the next high schooler to star in the NBA. After a few seasons with the young Clippers, Miles bounced around the league and last played for the Grizzlies in 2009.

Marcus Fizer: The Bulls took the Iowa State power forward at No. 4 and he looked to be a for sure thing. Fizer, instead, turned into a bust and later played professionally in Spain, Puerto Rico, Israel, Taiwan and Argentina.


Cleaves: The Detroit Pistons took Cleaves from in-state Michigan State at No. 14. After leading the Spartans to the NCAA national title over Miller and the Florida Gators, Cleaves lasted six seasons in the NBA. He last played for the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA D-League in 2009.

Hedo Turkoglu: The Turkish forward was drafted No. 16 by the Sacramento Kings. He was the first Turkish-born player in NBA history and played 15 seasons in the league. Turkoglu had a decent NBA career. He averaged 11.1 points and 5.4 rebounds per game with six teams.

Quentin Richardson: Richardson was chosen by the Clippers at No. 18 after starring at DePaul University. Richardson played his first four seasons with the Clippers before joining the Phoenix Suns in 2004. He enjoyed his best year with Phoenix in 2004-05 when he helped the Suns reach the Western Conference Finals.

Jamaal Magloire: After starring at Kentucky, Magloire was picked No. 19 by the Charlotte Hornets. Magloire was an all-star in 2004 and played 12 seasons for seven different teams.

Mark Madsen: The former Stanford forward was chosen by the Los Angeles Lakers with the last pick of the draft. He played three seasons for the Lakers and later six seasons for the Minnesota Timberwolves. But we all remember him for his goofy dances during the Lakers championship celebrations.

Michael Redd: The smooth shooting guard from Ohio State lasted until the second round when the Milwaukee Bucks took him at No. 43. Redd played 12 seasons and turned into one of the league's best shooters. He was an NBA All-Star in 2004 and won a gold medal with Team USA in the 2008 Summer Olympics.

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