Miller’s meteoric potential driving draft campaign
THE 2023 NBA Draft looks to be stacked with talent, with players offering growth at almost every position, and one of the most impressive wing talents is Alabama forward Brandon Miller.
While talks constantly surround the likes of Victor Wembanyama and Scoot Henderson as the top two, third pick is still very much up for grabs, and Miller has done an excellent job at putting his name in the ring.
While he has some stiff competition and much of it depends on which team has the pick and their needs, Miller has plenty of upside, and can be a true weapon on either rebuilding or contending sides.
TEAM: Alabama Crimson Tide
HEIGHT: 6ft 9in
A native of Tennessee, Miller quickly rose to stardom in no time after being named the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year after averaging 23.3 points and eight rebounds, before claiming the award again the following year after bumping his numbers up even further.
A consensus five-star recruit, Miller was named one of the the top players in the 2022 class after showing glimpses of massive potential. After receiving offers from Kansas and his home school of Tennessee State, and even garnering some interest from the NBL and the G League, he committed to the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Since joining the NCAA, Miller has been excelling during his time at Alabama, being placed on watchlists for the Naismith College Player of the Year and Julius Erving Award for the best small forward at college level.
The 2022/23 NCAA season has been a strong campaign for Miller to date, with the forward thriving for the Crimson Tide to date. He posted a career-high 36 points against Gonzaga, showcasing the ceiling he possesses, which would have caught the eye of many scouts.
He has proven quite a tough prospect to defend thus far, given the weapons he possesses. Miller’s height allows him to shoot over the top of smaller defenders, and when the opposition tries to equal his size with the matchup, he can take bigger opponents off the dribble and attack the rim.
As a jump shooter, the forward’s motion looks extremely smooth, having proven himself very capable of knocking down a mid-range bucket. He has shown potential as a three-point shooter, and while he lacks consistency from behind the arc, his range is promising enough to encourage some NBA teams.
Defensively, Miller is switched on and can play excellent team defence. He often remains aware off the ball and will fit in to any system in the NBA. The forward uses his size to guard just about every position on the court, and has the capability to switch when clamping up. He is also a solid shot blocker, and can contest shots inside with his impressive wingspan.
His versatility should slot in well to the NBA, given the positionless nature of the game these days. He can play as a stretch shooter or traditional power forward, but also has terrific vision and can whip through a one-handed pass.
At 20 years of age, Miller is a little older than some of his peers in draft contention, however his talent should ensure he is a first round pick in 2023.
In terms of improvement, athleticism comes to mind for Miller, with the prospect not standing out in terms of quickness and leaping ability. However, with a few more years in the gym, he should improve in this area and build some size in the process.
Miller has a terrific foundation that will be very enticing for a number of NBA teams. With a huge amount of upside, expect his name to be read out in the first round of the 2023 NBA Draft.