Patty Mills Rumors
Tom Orsborn: Patty on DeMar: “No one will really be able to understand what he’s been through over the last period of time, not just the last few days. You just admire the guy for his abilities, his heart, his passion for the game. He makes a lot of people important to him very proud.”
The Spurs’ second unit of Patty Mills, Rudy Gay, Jakob Poeltl, rookie Devin Vassell, and holdover starter Dejounte Murray is absolutely hammering teams. That five-man unit has torched opponents by 52 points in 82 minutes—tops of any lineup on a surprising San Antonio squad that sits at 16-11, fifth in the ultra-competitive West. In fact, the lineup boasts the eighth-best mark in the entire league.
Patty Mills doesn’t dunk. Of all the choices he could make with the ball, dunking, he says, isn’t even an afterthought. “I want to say it’s at the bottom of the list, but to be honest, it’s probably not even on the list,” Mills says. On being unable to show off for the kids: “That’s a little bit of a deflating moment when I’m like, ‘Oh, I don’t think I can get there right now, mate,’” Mills says. “‘But I’ll keep working on it.’” Mills is one of a handful of players in a select club: those with successful NBA careers who, for one reason or another, have never jammed. Since the 1996–97 season (the earliest data is available from Basketball-Reference.com) 1,801 different players have combined for 210,842 regular-season dunks, and 1,259 out of 1,367 players (or 92%) who have played at least 1,000 minutes have dunked at least once.
Tom Orsborn: Patty Mills said what DeMar DeRozan is going through after his father’s death “impacts the entire team, the entire organization” and there is no rush for the Spurs’ leading scorer and distributor to return. “When he is ready, we will be happy to have him,” Patty said.
One last dark-horse option to keep an eye on: San Antonio. The 13-10 Spurs have jumped out to a stronger start than many around the league anticipated, and while trade chatter remains hushed, Patty Mills has been floated as an available name of late. The Spurs also own all their upcoming picks. Mills and Rudy Gay’s expiring contracts could get it done and reunite Lowry with DeMar DeRozan.
Spain, the reigning World Cup champions, have five current NBA players who have played on the national team in the past: Marc Gasol, Ricky Rubio, Serge Ibaka, Juancho Hernangomez and Willy Hernangomez. The Australians named their Olympic roster pool this week, and it has 10 current NBA players, including Ben Simmons, Patty Mills, Joe Ingles, Dante Exum and Matisse Thybulle.