Patrick Mills

Patrick Mills made his national team debut in 2007 playing in an Olympic qualifying tournament against New Zealand before moving to the US to play for Saint Mary’s in the NCAA. Mills played a couple more national team games before representing Australia at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games where he averaged a team-best 14.2 points, all off the bench, in the six games the Aussies played.

 

In 2009, Mills was drafted into the NBA by the Portland Trail Blazers. In 2010 he was an integral player in the Boomers’ World Championships campaign. Mills is indigenous – his father is a Torres Strait Islander and his mother is Aboriginal from the Ynunga people of South Australia. Mills is the third indigenous athlete to represent the Boomers, after Michael Ah Matt in the 1960s and Danny Morseu who is also Mills’ uncle.

 

Having joined the San Antonio Spurs and getting experience in the NBA, Mills was set to be a star at the London Games and he did not disappoint. Mills led the tournament in points per game (21.2) beating the likes of American superstars Lebron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant. Australia matched up against the USA in the quarterfinals after winning their last three preliminary matches, going down 119-86 to finish seventh.  

Olympic Results

London 2012 - Summer Olympic Games

Basketball - Men
Preliminary Round Group B - 01 HT: 35-36 BRA 71 - 75 Loss
Preliminary Round Group B - 05 HT: 32-37 ESP 70 - 82 Loss
Preliminary Round Group B - 07 HT: 49-33 CHN 81 - 61 Win
Preliminary Round Group B - 12 HT: 46-36 GBR 106 - 75 Win
Preliminary Round Group B - 13 HT: 46-45 RUS 82 - 80 Win
Quarterfinal - 02 HT: 42-56 USA 86 - 119 Loss
Final Placing 7 / 12

Beijing 2008 - Summer Olympic Games

Basketball - Men
Preliminaries Group A - Match 11 - AUS V CRO HT: 31-47, FT: 82-97 CRO 82-97 Loss
Preliminaries Group A - Match 24 - ARG V AUS HT: 39-29, FT: 85-68 ARG 85-68 Loss
Preliminaries Group A - Match 32 - AUS V IRI HT: 53-29, FT: 106-68 IRI 106-68 Win
Preliminaries Group A - Match 44 - RUS V AUS HT: 33-49, FT: 80-95 RUS 80-95 Win
Preliminaries Group A - Match 56 - AUS V LTU HT: 55-29, FT: 106-75 LTU 106-75 Win
Quarterfinal HT: 43-55, FT: 85-116 USA 85-116 Loss
Final Placing 7 / 12

AYOF 2005 - Australian Youth Olympic Festival

Basketball - Men
Round Robin OCEANIA 104-62 DEFEATED
Round Robin CHINA 101-48 DEFEATED
Round Robin NEW ZEALAND 91-70 DEFEATED
Gold Medal Game NEW ZEALAND 90-59 DEFEATED  
Final Placing 1 / 4