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.