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2023 NBA Draft Ignite Profile: Leonard Miller

G League Ignite Staff /June 13, 2023

A standout prospect from Scarborough, Leonard Miller was a part of Canada’s U23 squad in last July’s Globl Jam international showcase. In 2019, he represented Canada at the FIBA U16 Americas Championship, averaging 4.2 points and 1.3 rebounds in 7.1 minutes per game. Miller was named the 2022 BioSteel Canadian Boys Player of the Year after averaging 31.0 points and 11.6 rebounds with Fort Erie International Academy, where he earned Ontario Scholastic Basketball Association Most Valuable Player honors.

The 6-foot-10 forward signed with G League Ignite on September 7, 2022 as an 18-year-old after having just teamed up with fellow incoming Ignite prospect Sidy Cissoko on the World Select squad at the 2022 Nike Hoop Summit. Upon joining Ignite, Miller became one of the team’s most consistent producers. He led the team in rebounds during both preseason games against Metropolitans 92 (8.5) and notched the team’s first double-double of the season with 19 points and 13 rebounds against Salt Lake City on Nov. 6. This grew into a trend for Miller, who went on to set a G League Ignite single-season franchise record with 17 double-doubles, including a stretch of eight straight in February. His season averages of 16.9 points and 10.1 rebounds made Miller the first Ignite player to average a double-double over a full season.

Miller also flexed his scoring muscles in the second half of the season, coming up big in multiple games that didn’t feature some of Ignite’s other top prospects. He scored at least 15 points in 24 games during the season, including a season-high 33 points against College Park on March 9. At the next level, Miller looks to bring an NBA team a unique versatility and controlled style of play. His time with G League Ignite showed his continued growth as a finisher, including strong finishing at the rim with his right hand as a natural left-handed shooter.

2022-23 Season Averages: 38 GP, 16.9 PTS, 10.1 REB, 1.7 AST, 1.0 STL, 0.8 BLK, 53.6% FG

Top Performance:

Mr. Double-Double was up to his usual tricks in the March 12 win over the Texas Legends, scoring 18 points on an efficient 7-of-9 from the field while adding two steals and one block. The big note, however, was the 21 rebounds that Miller pulled down in the game, setting a new single-game team record in the process to lift Ignite to a second straight road victory.

All-Star Weekend 2023:

Like his other Draft-eligible teammates, Miller participated in both the Jordan Rising Stars and G League Next Up Game during NBA All-Star Weekend in Salt Lake City. The Canadian prospect was mic’d up for the Rising Stars practice and finished the game with four points on 2-of-3 shooting while adding three rebounds, one assist, and one steal. During the G League Next Up Game, Miller was drafted by his Ignite teammate Scoot Henderson to play for Team Scoot and scored 19 points on 9-of-13 from the field while adding eight rebounds and one steal.

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