Oliver Miller

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Oliver Miller
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Oliver Miller
Position: Center
Height: 6'9"
Weight: 280
Nationality: American
Born: 4/6/70
Birthplace: Ft. Worth, TX
Draft: Round 1
Drafted By: Phoenix Suns
College: University of Arkansas
NBA Career: 1992-2004
Mavs Tenure: 1996-1997

Oliver Miller (born April 6, 1970 in Ft. Worth, Texas) was signed as a free agent, by the Dallas Mavericks, on October 17, 1996.

Miller, a stand out at the University of Arkansas, led the Hogs in blocked shots during all four of his seasons in Fayettville. He helped lead the Razorbacks to the NCAA tournament all four years, including a Final Four appearance in 1989-1990.

A third-team Associated Press All-American his senior year, Miller Holds the school record for most blocks in a season with 112 and is number one all-time with 345 career blocked shots. He also ranks number three all-time in Arkansas history in rebounds and number nine in points scored with 1,674.

The Phoenix Suns drafted the 6'9 center in the first round of the 1992 NBA draft. Miller played two seasons in Phoenix averaging 9.2 points per game and 6.9 rebounds in his second year. He moved to Detroit for one season in 1994-1995 before being selected by the Toronto Raptors in the NBA expansion draft prior to the 1995-1996 campaign.

He enjoyed his best career numbers with Toronto that season, appearing in 76 games and averaging 12.9 ppg and 7.4 rpg. After one season he left the Raptors and signed with Dallas as a free agent.

During his time in Dallas, Miller appeared in 42 games during the 1996-1997 season. He averaged 4.3 ppg and 5.5 rpg while with the Mavs. Miller didn't finish a full season here before he was released on February 7, 1997 and returned to Toronto to finish the year.

After playing the next season again with the Raptors, Miller began a journeyman's career which would have him playing in five different leagues and with seven different teams.

In 1998 he played in Greece with Iraklio BC before returning to the NBA at the end of the season and appearing in four games with Sacramento. The next season he was a member of the Harlem Globetrotters before moving to Europe and playing in Poland and Italy. He returned to the States and signed with the Indiana Pacers during the 2002 training camp but was released just prior to the season beginning.

He opted instead for the CBA's Gary (Indiana) Steelheads where he was named to the league's All-Star team. He also played with teams in the American Basketball Association and the United States Basketball League. There was one final opportunity for Miller in the NBA when he joined the Minnesota Timberwolves for the 2003-2004 season, playing in 48 games.

Miller finished his professional career the next season in Puerto Rico and back in the States with several different ABA teams.

Miller's professional career was marked by weight problems and it is reported that at the time his career ended be had ballooned to over 315 pounds.