Taken with the 3rd pick of the 2000 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers, Darius Miles came into the league with big expectations. His Rookie year saw him average 9.4 points and 5.9 rebounds a game, which wasn’t bad for only playing 26 minutes a game. His progression at the Clippers however didn’t really eventuate as the next season his numbers remained about the same averaging 9.5 points per game.
He was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2003 before again being traded to the Portland Trailblazers during the following season. His best basketball would come at the Blazers, which was evident when Miles had a break out game in 2005, where he dropped 47 points against the Denver Nuggets. Miles averaged a career high 14 points per game in 2006, until his career would take an unfortunate turn when he seriously injured his knee that same season.
Miles career would never recover from that moment, he missed 2 full years due to micro-fracture surgery on his right knee. He did attempt a comeback in 2008 for the Memphis Grizzlies, however due to the significance of the knee injury he couldn’t recapture his best basketball. Darius Miles had all the potential when he entered the NBA, and sometimes it just doesn’t work out for all players. He still had some solid numbers, and was just starting to turn the corner until those injuries took their toll.
Miles wore the numbers #21, #23, and #3 during his NBA career.