Charlotte Hornets rookie Brandon Miller Jul 3, 2023; Sacramento, CA, USA; Charlotte Hornets forward Brandon Miller (24) dribbles against San Antonio Spurs forward Julian Champagnie (30) during the second quarter at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Monday’s Summer League matchup between the San Antonio Spurs and the Charlotte Hornets featured the Summer League debut of No. 2 overall draft pick Brandon Miller. A ton of expectations come with going so high in the draft, and his debut didn’t exactly go to plan.

Every player wants to start his NBA career off on the right foot. Miller definitely didn’t do that, having perhaps one of the roughest debuts for a top draft pick in recent memory.

Miller shot 1-for-6 from the floor in the first half, recording five points and three rebounds while picking up six fouls.

In a regular season NBA game, he would have fouled out with 33 seconds left in the second quarter. Luckily for him, the foul limit in NBA Summer League games is ten fouls, meaning that Miller was able to play in the second half.

Miller was able to pick things up slightly in the second half, finishing with 18 points on 5-11 shooting from the field. However, defending without fouling is very clearly something that he will need to work on.

One shaky Summer League game certainly isn’t the end of the world, but the NBA world was certainly hoping to see more from Miller in his debut.

Miller will have plenty more opportunities to show exactly what he is capable of at the NBA level. But you only get one chance to make a first impression, and Miller’s first impression could have been much smoother.

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About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.