Hometown: Canberra, ACT
Junior Association: Canberra (ACT)
Current Club: San Antonio Spurs (NBA)
International Debut: 2007
One of the brightest stars to ever come off the AIS production line, Mills was on the Helloworld Australian Boomers radar at age 17, teaming up with the national squad in 2006. It was in 2007 when the promising young guard made his Boomers debut and from there things were on the up and up for Mills.
A move to St Mary’s College in the USA followed, with a stellar freshman season earning Mills a spot on the Boomers squad for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. It was here Mills broke out on the world stage, leading the Boomers in scoring – headlined by 20 points against the USA.
This saw Mills win his first Gaze Medal for International Player of the Year at just 20 years of age.
A return to St Mary’s lasted one more season, with the 183cm guard selected at pick 55 of the 2009 NBA Draft by the Portland Trailblazers.
Mills was again the outstanding player for the Boomers on the international stage at the 2010 FIBA World Championships, claiming a second Gaze Medal in the process.
After a solid season in Portland, the NBA lockout saw Mills return to the NBL, joining the Melbourne Tigers to much fanfare. The Boomers star excelled in his short stint with the club, averaging more than 18 points per game before the lure of China proved too great.
After a brief stay in China, Mills was back in the NBA – this time with the San Antonio Spurs, where then Boomers Head Coach Brett Brown was on the staff. Mills slotted seamlessly into the rotation, capping off the regular season with a 34-point master class – setting a new record for most points in a NBA game by an Australian.
The 2012 London Olympic Games was another highlight for Mills, leading the tournament in points per game and hitting a monster three-point buzzer-beater to defeat Russia and advance the Boomers to the quarter finals.
Mills returned to San Antonio, helping the Spurs to the NBA Finals before signing a one-year extension to stay with the team for the 2013/14 NBA season.
Mills would become Australia's third NBA champion in 2014, along with fellow Boomer Aron Baynes. He averaged over 10 points a game in the Final, providing San Antonio with vital minutes off the bench.
Recovering from a shoulder injury, Mills led the Boomers to victory in the 2015 Oceania Championship against New Zealand. Qualifying for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Mills now brings leadership and experience to the team as he heads to Brazil for his third Olympic campaign.
Finishing second in average points per game during the 2016 Olympic games, with 21.3, Mills used his NBA championship experience to lead the Boomers to the bronze medal game against Spain where he had a staggering 30 points. While narrowly missing out on the bronze medal, Mills has continued his Olympic form into the 2016 NBA season where he has had an increased role with the San Antonio Spurs.
2005-2007 – AIS
2007-2009 – St Mary’s College (NCAA)
2009-2011 – Portland Trailblazers (NBA)/Idaho Stampede (NBA D-League)
2011 – Melbourne Tigers (NBL)
2011-2012 – Xinjiang FT (China)
2012-Current – San Antonio Spurs (NBA)
FIBA Oceania Championship: 2015
NBA Championship: 2014
Olympic Games: 2008, 2012, 2016
FIBA World Championship: 2010
Gaze Medal (International Player of the Year): 2008, 2010
All-West Coast Conference (WCC) First Team: 2008, 2009
WCC Newcomer of the Year: 2008
Bob Cousy Award Finalist: 2009