|Full Name:||Paul Millsap|
|Nickname:||The Anchorman, Grit ‘N Grind, Trillsap|
|Place of Birth:||Monroe, Louisiana|
Paul Millsap is a pro basketball player who currently plays power forward for the Denver Nuggets. He was born on February 10, 1985, in Monroe, Louisiana, and played college basketball at Louisiana Tech. Despite being overlooked early in his career, Millsap has shown impressive longevity, playing in the NBA for over a decade. During that time, he’s slowly become a consistent scorer and one of the league’s best defensive players and rebounders.
To date, Millsap has played for three different NBA teams. He began his career with the Utah Jazz, who selected him 47th overall in the 2006 NBA Draft. After seven sevens in Utah, he signed with the Atlanta Hawks, where he stayed for four seasons. In 2017, Millsap signed a three-year, $90 million deal with the Denver Nuggets. During his career, Millsap has been named an all-star four times and helped his team reach the playoffs nearly every season.
Paul Millsap attended Grambling High School in Grambling, Louisiana, where the nickname for the school’s athletic teams was the Kittens. Since he grew up in a non-traditional hotbed for elite basketball players, Millsap was largely underrated and overlooked in high school. Most recruiting services rated him as a three-star prospect and outside the top 100 players in the class of 2003. Nevertheless, Millsap was named Mr. Basketball in Louisiana and a fourth-team Parade All-American.
Millsap played college basketball at Louisiana Tech, which is located roughly five miles from his high school. During his three seasons with the Bulldogs, Millsap averaged 18.6 points, 12.7 rebounds, and two blocks per game. He became the first player in college basketball history to lead the country in rebounding in three consecutive seasons.
Unfortunately for Millsap, winning wasn’t something he experienced frequently in college. Louisiana Tech was just 29-30 during his first two seasons. During his junior season, Millsap helped the Bulldogs finish 20-13, qualifying for the NIT but losing in the first round of the tournament.
The Utah Jazz selected Millsap in the second round of the 2006 NBA Draft, 47th overall. Despite being taken so late in the draft, Millsap made a strong case for Rookie of the Year, leading all rookies with six double-doubles. He played in every game of his first two pro seasons, albeit with just three starts. In fact, Millsap played in 194 straight games at the start of his career until a knee injury in December 2008 forced him to miss time.
With Carlos Boozer suffering multiple injuries during the 2008-09 season, Millsap got an opportunity to start for Utah and made the most of it. He finished the season averaging 13.5 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. When the Portland Trail Blazers signed him to a four-year, $32 million offer sheet the following summer, the Jazz matched it in order to keep Millsap. Over that four-year contract, Millsap continued to blossom as one of Utah’s top scorers and best rebounders.
After seven years in Utah, Millsap left the Jazz following the 2012-13 season and signed a two-year contract with the Atlanta Hawks. He re-signed with Atlanta two years later and had some of his best seasons with the Hawks. Millsap became an all-star for the first time in 2014, beginning a stretch of four consecutive all-star selections. During the summer of 2017, Millsap signed a three-year deal worth $90 million to join the Denver Nuggets. However, he missed more than three months during his first season in Denver because of a wrist injury that required reconstructive surgery. His playing time and production both dropped after joining the Nuggets, although he continues to be a double-digit scorer and provide consistent rebounding and defense.
Paul Millsap has an estimated net worth of $45 million. Like most second-round picks, he didn’t receive a lucrative contract early in his career. However, he’s signed several big-money deals, culminating in a $90-million deal over three years with the Denver Nuggets in 2017, which elevated his yearly salary to $30 million.
At the conclusion of the 2019-20 season, Millsap will have earned roughly $150 million during his NBA career. He has also had several endorsement deals over his more than a decade-long career, including ones with Nike, Juicero, Bai, Monster, and Cricket Wireless.
Paul Millsap signed a three-year, $2.1 million contract with the Utah Jazz in 2006.
Paul Millsap signed a four-year, $32 million contract with the Utah Jazz in 2009.
Paul Millsap signed a two-year, $19 million contract with the Atlanta Hawks in 2013.
Paul Millsap signed a three-year, $59 million contract with the Atlanta Hawks in 2015.
Paul Millsap signed a three-year, $90 million contract with the Denver Nuggets in 2017.