Did Miami Heat Make a Mistake in Waiving Mike Miller?

By Will Connolly

We all can all agree that Mike Miller‘s performance has plummeted in the past few years due to the consistency of his injuries. However, he has played a key role for the Miami Heat in year’s past, and to say he is all washed up is a broad overstatement.

Although he played in only 59 of this year’s 82-game season, he showed signs of brilliance later on when he dropped 26 points, including seven 3-pointers, in an April 5 win against the Charlotte Bobcats. He then went on to put up 21 points, including six threes in an April 17 win against the Orlando Magic. He was truly showing his best basketball right before the playoffs — when he was needed most.

When healthy, this 12-year-vet is lethal from beyond the arch. In the 2013 NBA Playoffs, Miller came on in Game 2 and hit three big 3-pointers to help the Heat to a 19-point victory over the San Antonio Spurs. He then came on again in Game 6 of the Finals and put up eight big points to go along with seven rebounds to help Miami edge out a win and save their hopes for a repeat.

What is probably most overlooked by analysts across the board is his ability to rebound. In the final month of the season, Miller snagged four or more rebounds in seven of the final nine games for the Heat.

Some analysts will say that getting rid of Mike Miller was inevitable for the Heat. But I say he was just another piece in their championship armor, and with his absence, Miami will be hard-pressed to find another shooter who can replicate his 40.6 percent career average from 3-point range.

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