Patty Mills Wins Olympic Medal in Tokyo 2020
Congratulations to our guy Patty Mills on winning the Rose Gold for Australia this summer in the 2020 Olympic Games.
Patrick Sammie Mills is an Australian professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association. Mills was born and raised in Canberra, and is of Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal Australian descent. Wikipedia
Patty Mills and HoopStudy Trainer/CEO DJ Sackmann spent an entire month together gearing up for the summer olympics, and Patty did not disappoint!
On 18 January 2021, Mills set an NBA record for most 3-point shots made for one team as a reserve. On 14 March, Mills overtook Andrew Bogut‘s record for most NBA games played by an Australian by playing his 706th game.
Mills became the first Indigenous Australian to be a flag bearer when he carried the Australian flag alongside swimmer Cate Campbell at the opening ceremony for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. As captain, Mills helped lead Australia to obtain their first ever Olympic medal in men’s basketball by scoring 42 points against Slovenia in the bronze medal game.
His performance also earned him honors as the shooting guard in the Tokyo 2020 All Star Five for the men’s Olympics basketball tournament.
Patty lead all boomers in scoring at 23.3 Points Per Game and scored a career high 42 points in the medal game. This was Patty and the boomers 4th straight medal game, the 3 previous they took 4th place. This game will go down as one of the greatest individual efforts in Australian basketball History.
In this mini documentary we learn a little more about the journey behind the Boomer who was one of the leading scorers in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. We get a brief inside look at Patty working with DJ Sackmann to gear up for the games.
Mills made his Olympic debut in 2008 as a teenager and led the Boomers in scoring from there on out. An Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) development product who has given blood, sweat and tears for his country for over a decade, and won the NBA finals with the San Antonio Spurs in 2014. Patty Mills is the face of Australian basketball.
On August 10, 2021, Mills signed with the Brooklyn Nets. Here are HoopStudy we are looking forward to continuing to work with Patty at his new home in Brooklyn.
The Brooklyn Nets have signed free agent guard Patty Mills. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released.
Mills (5’10”, 180) has appeared in 739 career games (57 starts) across 12 NBA seasons with the San Antonio Spurs (2011-21) and Portland Trail Blazers (2009-11), recording averages of 8.9 points on 42.9 percent shooting from the floor, 38.8 percent from 3-point range and 85.8 percent from the free-throw line, along with 1.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 19.8 minutes per game. Most recently with the Spurs during the 2020-21 season, Mills appeared in 68 games (one start) and averaged 10.8 points, 1.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 24.8 minutes per game, while knocking down a career-high 161 3-pointers, his fourth consecutive year burying 150 treys. Since he entered the league (2009-10), Mills ranks first in 3-pointers made off the bench (1,095) and third in points scored off the bench (5,919) and minutes played off the bench (13,007). His 1,095 threes made off the bench are the fourth-most in NBA history, trailing only Kyle Korver (1,385), Jamal Crawford (1,259) and Lou Williams (1,198). Mills has also been one of the most durable players in the NBA in recent years, missing just 12 regular season games over the last six seasons, while appearing in 80 or more games in a season five times in his career. The 32-year-old exits San Antonio ranking second on the Spurs’ all-time 3-pointers made list (1,220), trailing Manu Ginobili (1,495). A member of San Antonio’s 2014 NBA championship team, Mills has seen action in 90 career playoff games (11 starts), averaging 6.7 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 16.0 minutes per game.
A native of Canberra, Australia, Mills has been a member of the Australian National Team since 2007. At the Tokyo Olympics, Mills totaled 42 points and nine assists in Australia’s final game versus Slovenia, leading his country to a bronze medal, which represented the first medal in Australia’s Olympic men’s basketball history. Mills averaged 23.3 points per game, leading all scorers at the 2020 Olympics. He first played for the Boomers in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, becoming the youngest player in the history of Australia to compete in the Olympic Games in basketball.
Mills played two collegiate seasons (2007-09) for Saint Mary’s College of California, appearing in 58 total games (56 starts) and averaging 16.4 points, 2.2 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.0 steals in 32.7 minutes per contest. He was named the WCC Newcomer of the Year as a freshman and earned All-WCC First Team honors in both his freshman and sophomore campaigns. After choosing to forgo his final two years of collegiate eligibility, Mills was drafted by Portland in the second round with the 55th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft.