Worst Starter No. 3 – Mike Miller
Mike Miller had enjoyed a long, productive career by the time he joined forced with LeBron James in Miami, helping James win two titles and make it to three NBA Finals. After a gap year in Memphis, Miller then joined James in Cleveland for his first attempt at bringing a title to The Land.
At 34 years old, however, Miller didn’t have much left in the tank. He averaged just 2.1 points per game that year on 32.5 percent shooting from the field. His 32.7 percent 3-point shooting was the lowest in any season of his career; he hit 40.7 percent for his career, putting his frigid season in Ohio in stark contrast.
Miller had an extremely low usage of 8.9 percent, and when he wasn’t hitting shots he had very little to contribute on offense. His strength helped him survive defensively, but he was overall a net negative for the team. David Blatt and the rest of the coaching staff recognized that, and by the playoffs he averaged just 7.2 minutes per game, playing in only nine of their 20 games.
Like many of the players on this list, Miller was a talented player who came to Cleveland near the very end of his career. That was the kind of player that was available for a bargain as the Cavaliers filled out the roster around LeBron James; sometimes it worked out, but oh-so-often it resulted in a player with very little left to give.