As a rookie trying to grasp everything quickly, New Orleans Hornets backup forward Darius Miller showed signs of progress this season. But it didn’t come easy and Miller was forced to make improvements while playing in the NBA Development League.
Miller, 6 feet 8, 235 pounds, was assigned to the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development in late December after he had appeared in 27 games and was averaging two points a game for the Hornets.
Before he was recalled Jan. 27, Miller played in 11 games with the Energy, which included eight starts, and averaged 9.9 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists in 27.2 minutes. Among the team’s rookies, which included No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis and No. 10 overall pick Austin Rivers, Miller was the only Hornets player to draw a NBA Development League assignment.