San Antonio Spurs: Who Is Patty Mills and Can He Provide a Boost This Season?

Karthik TadisinaSenior Writer IApril 29, 2012

Patty Mills.
Patty Mills.Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The Golden State Warriors hosted the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday evening as part of a doubleheader on TNT which also happened to be the last night of the 2011-12 NBA regular season.

A game that featured a lot of youth, with the Warriors started five rookies going up against the youth of the Spurs (who were resting their Big Three and without Gregg Popovich), turned out to be a great night for Spurs backup guard Patty Mills.

Originally from Australia, Mills played college basketball at Saint Mary’s, where he became known for being a scoring guard. Mills entered the NBA in 2009 after being drafted in the second round by the Portland Trail Blazers.

Mills spent two seasons in Portland, but dealt with injuries and was assigned to the D-League for portions of both seasons.

Due to the lockout that led to a shortened 2011-12 NBA season, Mills opted to play in Australia and then signed with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers in China for a brief period before eventually being released.

Mills joined the San Antonio Spurs in late March and has been proving that he is deserving of more minutes and can be counted on to bring some offense off the bench when need be.

Mills went on to score a career-high 34 points on 14-of-25 shooting, including 4-of-10 from three-point range while dishing out 12 assists.

This is also impressive in that the Spurs may have found another source of offense that could very well come in handy during the postseason. Head coach Gregg Popovich is a master at getting the most out of his team.

The Spurs have shown in the past that they are able to bring in skilled assets not only through the draft, but from free agents as well (see Bruce Bowen, Gary Neal, Danny Green, etc.). These players are able to find a spot in the rotation and have the opportunity to improve their skill set on a continuous basis.  

With teams now looking to the D-League and overseas for talent, the Spurs may have found a wonderful addition to their rotation.

Mills could be a keeper for the time being.