Malcolm Miller’s historically rare, extended run as Raptors bench good guy

Title: Malcolm Miller’s historically rare, extended run as Raptors bench good guy
Date: April 28, 2020
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about Malcolm Miller’s three years as a Raptor and how he’s stayed positive through sporadic opportunity.

Mention Malcolm Miller to many around the Toronto Raptors and the first name that springs to mind is Victor Oladipo.

No, their games aren’t particularly similar, nor do they share much history. But it was for the purposes of guarding Oladipo that Miller first made himself known as a Raptor. It was March 15, 2018. Miller had appeared in just 12 of the Raptors’ 73 games to that point in the season as one of the team’s two-way players. He’d started twice against inferior competition, but he’d played under 100 minutes overall.

It was surprising, then, to see Miller get a starting nod against the Indiana Pacers and be tasked with guarding Oladipo, who was in the midst of a monster breakout season. It was perhaps surprising, too, to see Miller perform so well, helping hold Oladipo to a quiet night and playing to a plus-4 in his 22 minutes of a 106-99 Raptors victory.

Continue reading at The Athletic.

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