When Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry signed Paul Millsap to a two-year, $19 million contract last summer, it was widely regarded as one of the steals of free agency. In his time with the Utah Jazz, Millsap showed himself to be an exceptional player, and a great complementary piece, but many questioned if he could be a genuine first option?
Most people shrugged these questions off, as they seemed irrelevant though. Why would Millsap need to lead the Hawks when they’ve got Al Horford? Fate had different ideas, and when Horford went down with an injury, Millsap was, indeed, the man thrust into the limelight.
It didn’t seem to faze the 29-year-old in the slightest though, as he elevated his game and had arguably the best season of his career to date. Capped off by a first All-Star appearance, it was a memorable year for Millsap. Here are some of the keys to his success in the past season.