Kelly Miller (basketball)

Last updated

Kelly Miller
Kelly Miller WNBA.jpg
Personal information
Born (1978-09-06) September 6, 1978 (age 44)
Rochester, Minnesota
NationalityAmerican
Listed height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Listed weight140 lb (64 kg)
Career information
High school Mayo (Rochester, Minnesota)
College Georgia (1997–2001)
WNBA draft 2001 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall
Selected by the Charlotte Sting
Playing career2001–2012
Career history
2001–2003 Charlotte Sting
2004–2005 Indiana Fever
2006–2008 Phoenix Mercury
2009 Minnesota Lynx
2010 Atlanta Dream
2011 Washington Mystics
2012 New York Liberty
Career highlights and awards
Stats at WNBA.com
Medals
Women’s Basketball
Representing Flag of the United States.svg  United States
World University Games
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 1999 Palma de Mallorca Team Competition

Kelly Miller (born September 6, 1978) is an American former professional basketball player. She is the identical twin sister of fellow basketball player Coco Miller.

Contents

Early years

Born in Rochester, Minnesota, Kelly initially was interested in playing soccer and not basketball at high school, soon she joined her sister Coco. They also helped their school go 27–0 and win the Minnesota state's class 4A championship. Miller was named a WBCA All-American. [1] She participated in the WBCA High School All-America Game where she scored thirteen points. [2]

College years

The twins went to University of Georgia, where they both majored in biology and won a series of awards, including the James E. Sullivan Award, given to the nation's top amateur athlete. They earned that award in 1999, becoming the first pair of twins to earn the award, and joining Carl Lewis, Greg Louganis, Bill Walton, Bill Bradley, Kurt Thomas, Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Janet Evans as recipients of the award.

Kelly ranked second in points among University of Georgia women players with 2,177; second in assists with 639; fourth in steals with 379 and tenth in rebounds with 711. She is the only player in UGA women's basketball to rank among the top ten in points, assists, steals and rebounds. She became the third player in that university's history to pass over 2,000 points, and the third player in the Southeastern Conference's (SEC) history to garner "Player of the Week" awards three weeks in a row.

Georgia statistics

Source [3]

Legend
  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage 3P%  3-point field goal percentage FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game APG  Assists per game SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high
YearTeamGPPointsFG%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
98Georgia2848940.1%81.9%5.75.92.70.217.5
99Georgia3462845.9%83.4%6.04.41.90.118.5
00Georgia3654444.5%81.7%4.74.52.10.115.1
01Georgia3351651.1%82.5%5.44.92.10.015.6
Career131217745.2%82.5%5.44.92.20.116.6

USA Basketball

Miller played on the team presenting the US at the 1999 World University Games held in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. The team had a 4–2 record and earned the silver medal. Miller averaged 10.2 points per game. [4]

WNBA career

In 2001 both Kelly and Coco both entered the WNBA Draft. Kelly was selected by the Charlotte Sting 2nd overall in the 1st round, where she averaged 4.6 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game in her rookie year.

Kelly spent three seasons with the Sting as a utility player before she was traded to the Indiana Fever prior to the 2004 season. It was with the Fever that Kelly finally became a first-string player on the team, starting on all 34 games she played in the 2004 season.

After the 2005 season ended, Kelly was traded to the Phoenix Mercury, in exchange for Anna DeForge.

On January 30, 2009, Miller was traded along with LaToya Pringle to the Minnesota Lynx for Nicole Ohlde.

NWBL career

After the 2002 WNBA season, both sisters played for the Birmingham Power of the National Women's Basketball League (NWBL).

International career

Notes

  1. "Past WBCA HS Coaches' All-America Teams". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Archived from the original on July 15, 2014. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
  2. "WBCA High School All-America Game Box Scores". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Archived from the original on July 15, 2014. Retrieved June 29, 2014.
  3. "Georgia Media Guide" . Retrieved September 7, 2017.
  4. "Nineteenth World University Games -- 1999". USA Basketball. Archived from the original on September 7, 2015. Retrieved October 13, 2015.

Related Research Articles

Nicole Kristen Powell is an American basketball coach who is currently the head women's basketball coach at University of California, Riverside. As a player, she had a standout collegiate career at Stanford University, Powell had an 11-year WNBA career most notably with the Sacramento Monarchs where she was an All-Star and won a WNBA Championship. Powell also played professionally overseas for Fenerbahçe Istanbul. Powell had previously served on the coaching staffs at Gonzaga, Oregon, and Grand Canyon before being named the head coach of UC Riverside in March 2020.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Janel McCarville</span> American basketball player

Janel McCarville is an American professional basketball player from Custer, Wisconsin who is currently a WNBA free agent.

Nicole Katherine Ohlde is a former American professional basketball player. She most recently played for the Phoenix Mercury and the Tulsa Shock of the Women's National Basketball Association.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Katie Smith</span> American basketball player and coach (born 1974)

Katie Smith is lead assistant coach for the Minnesota Lynx of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). She is the former head coach of the New York Liberty.

Helen Marie Darling is an American former professional basketball player, who played most recently for the San Antonio Silver Stars of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA).

Tamika Williams-Jeter is the head women's basketball coach at the University of Dayton. She was a professional basketball player for the Minnesota Lynx and the Connecticut Sun in the WNBA.

Colleen Mary “Coco” Miller is an American former professional basketball player. She is the identical twin sister of fellow WNBA player Kelly Miller.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Seimone Augustus</span> American basketball player

Seimone Delicia Augustus is an American former professional basketball player who is currently an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA), Dynamo Kursk, and the U.S. national team. She was drafted by the Minnesota Lynx first overall in the 2006 WNBA Draft, and left to sign with the Sparks 14 years later. An eight-time All-Star, Augustus has become one of the most recognizable faces in the WNBA, earning MVP honors while leading the Lynx to the 2011 WNBA championship, the first of four WNBA championships that she won with the Lynx.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Kristen Mann</span> American professional basketball player

Kristen Cherie Mann is an American professional basketball player in the [WNBA] and is also a singer/songwriter [kristenmannmusic.com].

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Sylvia Fowles</span> American basketball player

Sylvia Shaqueria Fowles is an American former professional basketball player. Fowles played for the Chicago Sky and Minnesota Lynx during her career in the WNBA. She won the WNBA MVP Award in 2017 and the WNBA Defensive Player of the Year award four times. She led the Lynx to win the WNBA Championship in 2015 and 2017, and she was named the MVP of the WNBA Finals both times. In 2020, Fowles overtook Rebekkah Brunson to become the reigning WNBA career rebound leader.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Maya Moore</span> American basketball player (born 1989)

Maya April Moore is an American professional basketball player for the Minnesota Lynx, who is currently on sabbatical. Naming her their inaugural Performer of the Year in 2017, Sports Illustrated called Moore the greatest winner in the history of women's basketball.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Lindsey Harding</span> American basketball player

Lindsey Marcie Harding is an American professional basketball coach and former player. She serves as player development coach of the Sacramento Kings. Throughout her playing career, Harding played for the Minnesota Lynx, Washington Mystics, Atlanta Dream, Los Angeles Sparks, New York Liberty and Phoenix Mercury of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) and has played overseas in Turkey and Russia. She was previously a scout and a player development coach for the Philadelphia 76ers. She was born in Mobile, Alabama, but grew up in Houston, Texas and also holds a Belarusian passport.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Nneka Ogwumike</span>

Nnemkadi Chinwe Victoria "Nneka" Ogwumike is a Nigerian-American basketball player for the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA), after being drafted No. 1 overall in the 2012 WNBA Draft. Soon after being drafted, Ogwumike signed an endorsement deal with Nike. She is the older sister of Chiney Ogwumike, who also plays for the Sparks. Ogwumike was named WNBA MVP for the 2016 WNBA season and won the WNBA Finals the same year She was named to The W25 the league's list of the top 25 players of its first 25 years, in 2021.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Nicky Anosike</span> American basketball player

Nkolika "Nicky" Nonyelum Anosike is an American professional basketball player in the WNBA, most recently with the Los Angeles Sparks.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">LaToya Sanders</span> American-Turkish basketball player

LaToya Antoinette Pringle, a.k.a. LaToya Antoinette Sanders or Lara Sanders, is a former American-Turkish professional basketball player and currently she is an assistant coach for the Washington Mystics of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA).. Sanders played college basketball at the University of North Carolina before getting drafted by the Phoenix Mercury in the 2008 WNBA Draft. Currently, she also plays for Kayseri Kaski S.K. in Turkey.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Rashanda McCants</span> American basketball player

Rashanda McCants is an American former professional women's basketball player in the Women's National Basketball Association. Her brother is Rashad McCants, who also played professional basketball.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Monica Wright</span> American basketball player

Monica Ashante Wright is an American basketball coach and former player. She played college basketball for Virginia and was selected second overall by the Minnesota Lynx in the 2010 WNBA draft. Outside of the WNBA, she played professionally in Poland, Turkey, Australia, South Korea and Iceland.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Taj McWilliams-Franklin</span> American basketball player

Taj McWilliams-Franklin is a former American professional women's basketball player.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Odyssey Sims</span> American basketball player

Odyssey Celeste Sims is an American professional basketball player for the Connecticut Sun of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). An AP and WBCA All-American, Sims was born in Irving, Texas and graduated from MacArthur High School.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Moriah Jefferson</span> American basketball player

Moriah Jefferson is an American professional basketball player for the Minnesota Lynx in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). She was drafted second overall by the San Antonio Stars in the 2016 WNBA draft. Jefferson played point guard for UConn women's basketball team, where she won four consecutive national championships. She finished her UConn career ranked first in assists, second in steals, and as a two-time winner of the Nancy Lieberman Award as the top point guard in the nation. On May 16, 2019, Jefferson was traded to the Dallas Wings.