“Patty Mills picked the Nets over the Warriors?!” : Brooklyn playmaker had a chance to sign with Golden State in the offseason according to The Athletic’s Anthony Slator
Brooklyn Nets sniper Patty Mills could have been a warrior, as coach Steve Kerr is a fan of the perimeter shooter.
Patty Mills has long been one of the best perimeter snipers in the NBA. Career percent at 39 percent from downtown, Mills is enjoying a career year with the Brooklyn Nets, averaging 13.2 points per game in 30.8 minutes.
He is one of the key players playing alongside the big-3 side of Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving. The 2014 champion decided to join the Nets in search of another NBA championship.
The former Spurs guard has won hearts in Brooklyn since joining the ball club as they struggle to see their big-3 play at a time with Kyrie already missing half the season due to their vaccination status. Now, after their primary ball handler returned, just to play their away games, Kevin Durant is injured.
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When James Harden was struggling to find his feet, Mills won several games to keep Brooklyn in the top 4 in the East. But he could have had things easier if he had kept his talents in the West when he had the opportunity off season.
Patty Mills chose Nets over Warriors
The Aussie playmaker was lucky enough to sign with a team he would have fitted in much better with, rather than the Nets. According to Athletics Anthony Slator, who covers for the Warriors, Mills was lucky enough to sign with the Dubs, but chose to cross the East and join the team with the best chance of winning it all.
—Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) January 30, 2022
Meanwhile, the Warriors are playing some of the best basketball in the league this season, with the second-best record (36-13) just behind the Phoenix Suns. Having Mills on their team would have only increased their chances of earning a token.
As for the ‘Australian of the Year 2022’ runner-up, he would have been much better suited in a Warriors uniform that plays much more fluid basketball compared to Brooklyn’s iso-heavy style.
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The Dubs even lack a veteran perimeter presence to share duties with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. With Andre Iguodala and Nemanja Bjelica playing slightly below expectations, Mills could have been the best spotter as well as a decoy shooter for them, getting some of the widest open shots in the league. Joe Harris would have been that man in Brooklyn if he had been in good shape.
But he might have missed a 13 ppg or top 4 on the “3 points made” list this season had he joined the Warriors. If he continues to help the Nets win a title, the point guard surely won’t regret his off-season pick.