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Hops, Range and Theft – the Story of Daxter Miles Jr.’s Season

By Jacob Withee | April 17, 2019

There were almost three certainties when it came to a Northern Arizona Suns game in 2018-19 – Daxter Miles Jr. would flush a highlight reel dunk, he would bury a shot well beyond the three-point line, and he would get at least one steal. Miles did all three on a consistent basis to flash among scouts and fans in his rookie year in the NBA G League.

Miles averaged 10.3 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.2 steals in 49 games (13 starts) for the Suns in 2018-19. He led the team in total steals, earning 61 thefts on the year. He finished third on the team in total points (505), assists (121) and minutes (1,263), missing just one game all season because of illness.

The West Virginia alumnus couldn’t have started his season any better, dropping 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting, including 4-of-8 from deep, and three assists in the season opener against the Santa Cruz Warriors on Nov. 3. It was the second most points scored by a Suns player off the bench in the season opener in team history, trailing only Shaquille Harrison’s 27 points in 2017-18.

Miles soon after had his best three-game stretch of the season from Dec. 1-6, where he enjoyed a career-long three-game streak of scoring 20+ points. Over the span, he averaged 21.3 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.7 steals.

Throughout the rest of the year, Miles would put up several solid outings, including a 14-point 9-rebound game vs. Greensboro, a 9-point 9-assist game at Oklahoma City, and a 22-point 4-steal game vs. Rio Grande Valley. He earned at least one steal in 37 of his 49 games played. He also scored 20+ points five times and double-digits 24 times.

Miles was a consistent contributor on the 2018-19 NAZ Suns, and provided plenty of highlights throughout the year that show just how special he can be.

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