Originally posted on Project Spurs  |  Last updated 10/29/12
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?
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Kobe has worst game of his career against Warriors

Rams WR Stedman Bailey in hospital after being shot in head

Furious Brad Stevens blasts Celtics after lackluster game

Did Bryce Harper deserve the MVP?

Duke 5-star commit posts moving message after successful surgery

Ex-LSU commit still supports Les Miles


Report: Ray Lewis gave Bills pregame pep talk

Report: Marshawn Lynch out a few weeks to recover

Peyton Manning to miss at least two more weeks

Notre Dame DT: Committee 'spit in our faces' with ranking

LaRon Landry suspended indefinitely by NFL

Don’t blame Mike Pettine for benching Johnny Manziel. Blame Johnny.

The B1G uglies – which division leader might stumble?

Six MLB teams that will be most active at Winter Meetings

Breaking down the NFL playoff picture heading into Week 12

Nick Young seems to take shot at Kobe Bryant

WATCH: College basketball player makes 3-pointer while wobbly from concussion

The five most overrated teams in the Week 13 coaches' poll

Clemson WR calls South Carolina fans 'rude'

Jonathan Lucroy trade market bolstered by weak catching market

Michigan State lists two starting QBs on depth chart

10 storylines for Week 13 of the college football season

LISTEN: Browns fan cries on radio while ripping Johnny Manziel

Texas A&M QB Kyle Allen says he was injured vs. Alabama

Report: Maple Leafs are no longer the NHL’s most valuable franchise

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The five most overrated teams in the Week 13 coaches' poll

10 storylines for Week 13 of the college football season

Ranking the 10 best games of 2015 college football rivalry week

Examining the Mavericks' hot start

Johnny Bench(ed): Manziel demoted to third string

Mike Trout, four years in

Tom Brady on ‘Rex Ryan!’ line call: It’s ‘in the playbook’

Five NFL teams trending downward

Not so fast, USC: Eagles Chip Kelly buys Philly-area home

The five best hockey fights from Week 7

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker