It has been an interesting Summer League season for Brandon Miller, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2023 NBA Draft. The Charlotte Hornets have yet to find a win in Las Vegas, but they’re hoping to get on the board when they face the Portland Trail Blazers Tuesday evening. Miller won’t get to face off against No. 3 pick Scoot Henderson, but he has other things to worry about. His offensive output so far in this Summer League hasn’t been great, and his defensive instincts are improving but are still behind where many thought they would be. He desperately needs a monster game, especially from a scoring standpoint. The Trail Blazers have been solid defensively, so this matchup is a bit challenging for the struggling forward.
Here we’re tracking Miller’s stats in Tuesday’s game, along with some notes about how he’s looked on the court.
2023 NBA Summer League
Brandon Miller stats tracker vs. Blazers
End of the game: 26 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 8-15 FG, 3-6 3pt
It was Miller’s best game as a Hornet, and a welcome one. Charlotte didn’t get the win but this was easily the most efficient shooting performance from Miller. He was more aggressive and didn’t settle for bad midrange shots, which helped the stat line. We’ll see if the Hornets play Miller in the final Summer League games or shut him down.
End of the third quarter: 23 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 8-12 FG, 2-4 3pt
This is what the Hornets have been waiting for from Miller. His all-around scoring ability was evident in college and this is what he can do when he’s on. It has taken three Summer League games but the efficiency is finally there. Let’s see if he can finish off this game with a win.
Halftime: 15 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 5-7 FG, 1-2 3pt
Miller is absolutely flying here in the first half. He’s made a triple as well, and is getting to the free throw line at a decent clip. He’s on track for a big game, which is exactly what the Hornets and fans have been waiting for from him.
End of the first quarter: 7 points, 1 rebound, 3-5 FG, 0-1 3pt
This was probably Miller’s best start of the summer, as he hit 60% of his attempts from the floor. He’s on track for his best offensive showing if he can keep this up.