30 Intriguing Facts Every Fan Should Know About Paul Millsap

Paul Millsap, known for his staunch defense and all-around hustle, is currently player as power forward/center for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Here are some really interesting facts about the American professional basketball player:

  1.  He was named the Western Conference Player of the Week on December 3, 2018, for games played from Monday November 26 to Sunday December 2, becoming the 18th Nugget in franchise history to win the award. This is reportedly his third career player of the week award.
  2.  Following the winning of the player of the week award, he happened to injure his right foot in the game against Charlotte Hornets, and suffered a broken toe, just four days later. This led to him, missing the subsequent eight games.
  3.  In 2016-17 season, among all power forwards in the NBA franchise, Millsap reportedly finished third in RPM, only behind Draymond Green and Kevin Love.
  4.  He is a four time All-Star player, who ranked fifth among the other power forwards both in value added and estimated wins added together, in the same season. In the previous season - 2015-2016, he was sixth in PER.
  5.  He was named an Eastern Conference All-Star reserve for the 2017 NBA All-Star Game, earning his fourth straight All-Star nod, on January 26, 2016, while he was playing for the Atlanta Hawks.
  6.  Paul Millsap was born on February 10, 1985, in Monroe, Louisiana, to Bettye Millsap. He has three siblings - an older brother named John and two younger brothers, Elijah and Abraham.
  7.  His parents got divorced in his early childhood, and his mother decided to take care of her four sons, while working long hours in an effort to make ends meet.
  8.  All his three siblings have reportedly played different levels of basketball. His younger brother Elijah Millsap is a professional basketball player who last played for the CB Breogán of the Liga ACB.
  9.  The most popular and fan favorite basketball player, was in his school days a football player, and really talented. However, after the relocation with his family to Downsville, LA, he was kind of forced to take basketball, as there weren't enough boys for a football team.
  10.  He went to Grambling High School, and was a member of the Grambling Panthers high school basketball team. He was named a fourth-team Parade All-American.
  11.  In the year 2003, he was considered a three-star recruit by, listed as the No. 31 power forward and the No. 115 player in the nation.
  12.  From the year 2003-2006, he played for Louisiana Tech in college and averaged 12.5, 12.4 and 13.3 rebounds per game, leading the nation three years in a row in that category.
  13.  This makes him the only player in NCAA Division 1 history to lead the nation in rebounding three consecutive years. He is also the only NCAA D1 player to even win that award three times total.
  14.  It is reported that even the college rebounding legends Tim Duncan and Kenneth Faried have only led the nation in rebounding just once in their storied careers.
  15.  He was the 47th overall pick in the 2006 NBA draft, selected by the Utah Jazz. He signed his rookie scale contract on August 2, 2006.
  16.  He was referred to as the potential Rookie of the Year candidate, by some sports journalists in the late 2006. However, the award ultimately went to Brandon Roy.
  17.  He is said to have had a strong first season, reportedly leading all rookies with six double-doubles, finishing with averages of around 7 points per game, 5 rebounds per game, nearly one steal and one block.
  18.  He played in all 82 of the Utah Jazz's games, and had season highs of 20 points, 17 rebounds, 4 blocks, 4 steals, 3 assists, and 38 minutes.
  19.  After playing in 194 straight games for Utah Jazz, since being drafted in 2006, his first missed game in his professional career was against the Dallas Mavericks on December 26, 2008.
  20.  He was not able to play due to a sprained posterior cruciate ligament injury in his knee, which he suffered while playing against the Milwaukee Bucks on December 22, 2008.
  21.  He was make a restricted free agent, tendering a qualifying offer on June 25, 2009, following which he signed an offer sheer from the Portland Trail Blazers for $32 million over four years, on July 10, 2009.
  22.  However, Jazz, matched the offer seven days later on July 17, 2009, making him Utah's permanent starting power forward and he started the 2010-2011 season alongside the new center Al Jefferson.
  23.  After the completion of seven years with the Utah Jazz, he signed a two-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks on July 10, 2013. He re-signed with the team for a three year - $59 million contract on July 9, 2015.
  24.  He recorded his first career triple-double with 19 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in 118–113 overtime win for the Hawks over the Toronto Raptors, on March 18, 2014.
  25.  He led the Hawks to snap a string of 11 straight losses to San Antonio Spurs since 2010, in a 114-112 overtime win, with a new season high of 32 points, and 13 rebounds, on January 1, 2017.
  26.  He is said to have signed a three-year contract for $90 million with the Denver Nuggets on July 13, 2017. He made his debut for the Nuggets on October 18, 2017, in which he scored 19 points in a 106–96 loss to his former team, the Utah Jazz.
  27.  During his first season with the Denver Nuggets, he was ruled out indefinitely after sustaining a left wrist injury on November 21, 2017, and underwent a successful reconstructive surgery on his left wrist, just five days later.
  28.  He was back in action, a year later, for the game against the Los Angeles Clippers, recording nine points and seven rebounds in 23½ minutes in a 122–120 loss, on February 27, 2018.
  29.  In the second game following his return, he scored a season-high 36 points helping the Nuggets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 126–125 in overtime, on March 30, 2018.
  30.  He reportedly set a new season high with 33 points in a 100–99 win over the Dallas Mavericks, on March 14, 2019, beating his own season high of 25 points in a 120–118 win over the Sacramento Kings on February 13, 2019.
  31.  Paul Millsap Net Worth: $45 Million

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