American and a professional at basketball, those are just two things that can be used to describe Paul Millsap. However true they might be, they are definitely not enough to describe this power forward from the state of Louisiana who attended Louisiana Tech University. As a Junior, Millsap decided to declare for the NBA Draft after leading the NCAA in rebounding for three years, the only ever player to do so.
Millsap signed up with the Utah Jazz after being picked at 47th overall in the 2006 NBA Draft. He was considered a prime competitor for the Rookie of the Year title and was even compared to Udonis Haslem.
Millsap wouldn’t win the Rookie of the Year title but did end up with a strong first showing in the NBA afer scoring 6 double-doubles. His rookie season ended with an average of 6 points per game with 5 rebounds while his highest numbers stood at 20 points in a game and 17 rebounds. In December 2008, Millsap, by now a regular, missed his first NBA game after almost 2 Seasons with a sprained posterior cruciate ligament injury.
Millsap returned to action later that season and, in the 2008-09 Season, has become the regular replacement for Carlos Boozer after he suffered an injury. Millsap rose his figures to 15.5 points per game with 9.5 rebounds in the appearances made in Boozer’s absence.
In the 2010 to 2011 Season, he became the permanent starting power forward of the team. Millsap went on to achieve a career-high 46 points in a game against the Miami Heat.Millsap signed with the Atlanta Hawks on July 2013. He was selected to join the 2015 NBA All-Star Game and scored his first triple-double with 19 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists. Millsap helped the team get to the Eastern Conference Finals but they were defeated by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
In the next season, the Hawks were able to finish as fourth seed in the Eastern Conference and they advanced to the semi-finals but were defeated by the Cavaliers yet again. Millsap would go on to score season-high points in the next season with 32 points and 19 rebounds.
Millsap signed a contract with the Denver Nuggets on July 2017. He was ruled out from playing for several months because of an injury to the left wrist. When he returned, he scored a season-high 36 points against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
He joined the Brooklyn Nets in 2021, before joining the Philadelphia 76ers in 2022 as part of the James Harden-Ben Simmons trade.
Career Accomplishments:• 4-time NBA All-Star (2014–2017)• NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2016)• NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2007)• 2-time First-team All-WAC (2005, 2006)• 3-time NCAA rebounding leader (2004–2006)• Louisiana Mr. Basketball (2003)• Louisiana Tech Athletic Hall of Fame (2011)