The Charlotte Hornets had a tough decision with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2023 NBA Draft. Instead of bringing in another guard, the Hornets opted for Alabama wing Brandon Miller, the best player in college basketball from this past season. Miller averaged close to 19 points per game for the Crimson Tide, which was able to advance to the Sweet 16 before losing to San Diego State. Miller should be a go-to scorer for the Hornets during Summer League and this could be the first step in carving out a starting spot in the NBA.
Below we’ll be tracking Miller’s performance at the 2023 NBA Summer League.
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Pelicans vs. Hornets, 7/13, Las Vegas
Final update — Since the Hornets are no longer in contention for anything and Miller had a great game in his previous outing, there’s no real reason to play him in this one. He’s sitting on the bench and likely won’t play the consolation game for Charlotte either.
Blazers vs. Hornets, 7/11, Las Vegas
Final update — After his worst game a few days ago, Miller had his best outing with 26 points on 8-15 shooting. This is the best he’s shot the ball in the Summer League, and it’s something the Hornets have been hoping would show. We’ll see if Miller gets a chance to build on his great game or if the Hornets shut him down for the rest of the Vegas showcase.
Lakers vs. Hornets, 7/9, Las Vegas
Final update — This was Miller’s worst performance in Summer League. He finished with 10 points and seven rebounds, but went 4-17 from the floor and 0-7 from deep. We’ll see if he can bounce back from this rough showing. The only good thing for Miller in this game was that he was able to keep the fouls down. He had four total, but all of them came in the second half.
Spurs vs. Hornets, 7/7, Las Vegas
Final update — Miller had a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. He was inefficient from the floor, going 5-15 overall and 3-10 from behind the arc. Miller was able to keep the fouls down for a bit, but still ended up with five personals. That’ll be something he’ll need to figure out quickly to get the proper minutes when the regular season begins.
Warriors vs. Hornets, 6 p.m. ET, ESPN
Final update — This was a rough game for Miller. He committed eight fouls, six of which came in the first half. He only managed to tally six points and while the seven assists are cool, Miller’s lack of discipline defensively is concerning. It’s still only Summer League, but that’s something the Hornets are going to have to work with Miller on.
Halftime update — Well, this has been a repeat of the first half of the first game for Miller but to a much worse degree. He picked up four fouls in the first quarter alone, and added two more in the second frame. To compound the issue, he has missed his lone field goal attempt. Miller does have five assists, so at least there’s something good going on here for him.
Spurs vs. Hornets, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN
Final update — Miller actually finished with a decent stat line, posting 18 points and five rebounds on 5-11 shooting from the field. The rookie went 3-7 from deep, which is great. After a rough first half, it’s nice to see Miller show some resilience and bounce back with a strong second half. The fouls do need to be cut down, and Miller has a longer way to go defensively than many might have expected.
Halftime update — The Spurs and Hornets are at halftime in their first bit of Summer League action. Miller has more fouls than points, let’s just put it that way. He’s up to five points with three boards a block and six fouls. It has been a struggle for Miller, who is also -27 in two quarters. The limit for fouls in this California Classic is 10. Miller may foul out somehow.