Patty has his limitations, but these are outweighed by what he can do well IMO. We simply don't have anyone else who is close to as quick as Mills and that is a critical asset when we matchup against teams like Spain, Parker from France, or Teodosic from Serbia. Mills at least has a hope of staying in front of those guys. Dellavedova, while he is not slow, has struggled against the really quick guys.
Mills other big assets are:
- His ball-handling, which is very good and basically has rendered ineffective all opposition attempts at full court pressure. (Contrast Mills ability to get the ball up the floor under pressure with that of Martin or Gibbo!)
- His mid-range shooting. He is not a great three point shooter (just ok) and he struggles to finish at the rim against any decent big man, but give him a big guy who can set a good high pick to get him an open look from the top of the key and he is money!
Against that, Mills has been shooting too many threes, has turned the ball over too much and can be exploited on the defensive end by some guards because of his height.
I agree he needs to improve on the first two, but as someone said above, he is still young and these are pretty obvious things that he can easily improve on if he works at it. Obviously, he can't do much about his height, but that is where Dellavedova is a nice complement to Mills. Delly is also better at getting his shot off at the basket and has proven to be a steady hand in advancing the ball and getting it into the right hands
In that regard, I think the Boomers are quite lucky to have two contrasting PG options in Mills and Delly, because it will allow them to adjust pretty effectively to most teams.
If I were Brown, I would seriously consider making the starting PG dependent on who the opponent is each game, because I think both have a lot to offer under differing scenarios...
Of course, if Irving comes to play for the Boomers then that would be even better! :D