Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Free agent Kelly Miller signed a two-year contract with the Atlanta Dream today. She joins her identical twin sister Coco Miller on the Dream, who of course signed her two-year contract on the same day. It is the first time that the Miller twins have been on the same team since they played alongside each other in the defunct NWBL.
The proof is right here. Coco Miller sounded excited:
“I am so excited to have the opportunity to play with Kelly again,” said Coco Miller. “With the new roster additions and talented returning players, it's going to be a very exciting year for the Dream!”
How do you tell the difference between the two? The one who's crying is Kelly Miller. (Old WNBA joke.) Comparing the Millers from last year:
Coco Miller: 34 games played, 5 started, 3.9 ppg/1.5 rpg/1.0 apg
Kelly Miller: 34 games played, 25 games started, 4.4 ppg/2.2 rpg/2.0 apg
Forgive me, but the Millers aren't the solution to Atlanta's point guard problem. Coco's 2009 PER was 10.37; Kelly's was 8.04. Coco Miller's best year was 2003 and she's been a sub-average player since 2007. Kelly's been an average player for most of her career but 2008 and 2009 were years to forget. This was pretty much a desperation sign, after Katie Smith signed with the Washington Mystics. The Miller will move product if nothing else.
Of course, I could be wrong and if I'm shown wrong, I'll be quite happy. Welcome to the Dream, Kelly! Let's hope that the sum of the Millers is greater than the whole of its parts.
UPDATE: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution chimes in.