Patty Mills showed on an international stage this summer that he’s ready to make a big contribution in the NBA. Mill’s performance for Australia at the London Olympics was incredible and showed a lot of people that he’s better than they may have thought.
For now, he’s stuck on the San Antonio Spurs’ depth chart behind Tony Parker and barring some sort of injury, that’s not going to change anytime soon. Mills will have to do what he can as a backup for the time being, but he’s hoping to show how well he can fill that role.
''It's a big year for trying to prove myself,'' Mills said. ''I still feel like I've got a lot of things to prove, my future goal is wanting to be a starting point guard somewhere. I'm really happy where I am now, I know what I need to do but I feel there are a lot of things I need to prove to everyone.''
I would imagine that the Spurs will keep Parker around for a long time, so if Mills wants to be a starting point guard, it may have to be somewhere else. Putting in a full preseason with the team, along with his experience last year should get him enough minutes to show what he can do. The Spurs might even consider giving him a few extra minutes for the opportunity to raise his trade value.
I like Mills a lot, and I think he has a lot of potential. It’s just a little unfortunate for him that he landed on a team with an All-Star point guard already. He may get to move out of Tony Parker’s shadow eventually, but for now he just has to focus on making every minute count.
I think Mills has a bright future ahead of him, even if it’s not with the Spurs, but it’s all going to start this year. This season is make or break for him. Will he be stuck as a backup point guard for the rest of his career or is it time to make a name for himself?