NEW YORK – The Westchester Knicks’ Mike Miller has been named the first-ever NBA Development League Coach of the Month for games played in November.
Miller guided Westchester to a 6-0 record, making the Knicks the only undefeated team in the NBA D-League. The perfect mark comes despite having Jimmer Fredette, second overall pick in the 2015 NBA D-League Draft, receive a GATORADE Call-Up from the New Orleans Pelicans two days before Westchester’s season opener, and losing DaJuan Summers, the NBA D-League Performer of the Week for Nov. 12-22, to a season-ending injury after three games. Miller’s team held opponents to 88.2 points per game, highlighted by an 83-79 win over the Erie BayHawks on Nov. 14 and an 85-78 win over the Idaho Stampede on Nov. 24.
Miller, a first-time head coach in the NBA D-League, joined Westchester after spending the last two seasons as an assistant coach with the Austin Spurs, the affiliate of the San Antonio Spurs. Austin went 32-18 in the 2014-15 season and won the Southwestern Division title. Before the NBA D-League, Miller served as an assistant coach at UC Riverside (2012-13 season), head coach at Eastern Illinois (2005-2012) and an assistant coach at Kansas State (2000-2005).
Other coaches receiving consideration for the monthly award were Austin’s Ken McDonald, Sioux Falls’ Dan Craig, Iowa’s Bob Donewald, Los Angeles’ Casey Owens and Rio Grande Valley’s Matt Brase.
About the NBA Development League
The NBA Development League is the NBA’s official minor league, preparing players, coaches, officials, trainers, and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory. Featuring 19 teams with direct affiliations with NBA franchises for the 2015-16 season, the league offers elite professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. An all-time high 38 percent of all NBA players at the end of the 2014-15 season boasted NBA D-League experience. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. Fans can watch all NBA D-League games on nbadleague.com.