OK, Grant Hill he's not. But since rookie Mike Miller permanently moved into the Magic's starting lineup on Dec. 26, 2000, the swingman has been the "two" in Orlando's one-two offensive punch.
After shedding Vince Carter and the Toronto Raptors, Tracy McGrady emerged this season as one of the league's true superstars. Much like a certain Chicago Bull before he retired the first time, McGrady loves to break down opposing defensives by penetrating into its teeth and either taking it all the way to the basket, rising for a mid-range jumper or pitching to an open shooter. That shooter, more often than not, has been Miller.
The former Florida Gator's touch from behind the 3-point arc spreads the floor for McGrady's imaginative game off the dribble. Since cracking the starting lineup, Miller's points per game jumped from seven to more than 14.
It's a lot to ask of a first-year player (especially one who left college after his sophomore year), but if the Magic hope to score an upset in the first round of the playoffs, Miller is going to need to hit open jumpers, specifically timely 3s. He'll also be called upon to guard the opposition's second-most athletic player.
-- CNNSI.com's Mark Button