Former NBA sharpshooter Reggie Miller has claimed he’d average an easy 45 points per game if he was playing right now.
The Hall of Famer shot a career .395 from long range and did so at a time when defenders had very little issue contesting shots or giving shooters space to land. Miller, now an analyst for TNT, addressed the matter following the controversial foul calls stemming from the series between the Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks.
He said (H/T SLAM):
“If this was in the ’90s, [and] you couldn’t contest my shots, you had to go on the side of me, I’d average 45 points. I just don’t know how you contest shots nowadays.”
While we aren’t sure Reggie Miller would average 45 in today’s era, he makes a great point. He’d have definitely gone to the free throw line a lot more than he did during his playing days and would have had way more looks with players keen on staying out of foul trouble.