Milt Palacio


Milt Palacio
Milt Palacio
Position Point guard
Height 1.93 metres (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 95 kg (210 lb)
League Spanish League
Team Obradoiro
Born February 7, 1978 (1978-02-07) (age 33)
Los Angeles, California
Nationality Belizean / American
High school Junípero Serra
College Midland (1995–1996)
Colorado State (1996–1999)
Draft Undrafted, 1999
Pro career 1999–present
Career history Vancouver Grizzlies (1999–2000)
Boston Celtics (2000–2002)
Phoenix Suns (2002)
Cleveland Cavaliers (2002–2003)
Toronto Raptors (2003–2005)
Utah Jazz (2005–2006)
Partizan (2007–2008)
Khimki (2008–2009)
Partizan (2009)
Kavala (2010)
Caja Laboral (2010)
Kavala (2010–2011)
Caja Laboral (2011)
Obradoiro (2011–present)

Milton S. Palacio (born February 7, 1978), referred to as Milt Palacio, is a Belizean American professional basketball player. He currently plays with the pro club Obradoiro CAB. He was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, to Belizean parents and is a Belizean citizen.

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College career

Palacio attended Junípero Serra High School, in Gardena, California. He played college basketball at Midland College and Colorado State University, going undrafted in 1999. In his three years with the Rams, Palacio averaged 12.1 points, 4.8 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game.

Pro career

In a seven-year NBA career, from 1999 to 2006, Palacio has played for the Vancouver Grizzlies, Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Toronto Raptors and Utah Jazz, with a career scoring average of 4.8 points per game.

His most notable achievement was scoring a buzzer beater for the Celtics in their shocking victory over the New Jersey Nets on December 28, 2000. With the Nets leading 111–109 and inbounding the ball with less than 2 seconds remaining, Palacio stole a pass from Lucious Harris and threw up an off-balance shot from 30 feet away. Improbably, the shot swished through the net, giving the Celtics a 112–111 victory.[1] Basketball writers dubbed Palacio with the nickname "Miracle Milt", as a recognition of this incredible incident.

Despite a solid season with the Jazz, Palacio was a free agent at the start of the 2006–07 pre-season. He eventually caught on with the Seattle SuperSonics, but was waived before the regular season start, unable to unseat Mike Wilks as the third-string point guard behind Luke Ridnour and Earl Watson.

In the 2007–08 season, Palacio began a European adventure, signing for ex-European champions KK Partizan from Belgrade, Serbia.[2] While struggling mightily at times to begin the year, he learned the European game quickly, playing some great basketball in the second half of the season and being named Euroleague's MVP for the month of March 2008,[3][4] helping Partizan reach the last 8 of the competition for the first time in 10 years. In this season Palacio won triple crown with Partizan, winning the Serbian League, Serbian Cup and Adriatic League.

During the 2008 summer transfer window, Palacio moved to the Russian club BC Khimki. After a year there, in September 2009, he rejoined KK Partizan,[5][6] but was released from his contract few weeks later, after he had not joined the team on time.[7] On January 5, 2010, Palacio signed a contract with the Greek League club Kavala.[8] In 16 games for Kavala, Palacio averaged 10.3 points, 2.6 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game, which has helped the club avoid relegation.

On May 4, 2010, Palacio moved to Spain and signed with Caja Laboral by the end of the 2009–10 season.[9] He helped the Basque team to win the national title for the third time in the club history, beating Barcelona 3–0 in the final series. He then returned to Kavala for the 2010–11 season, signing a one-year contract.[10] He averaged 15.7 points, 3.8 assists and 1.3 steals during the regular season, and thus led the team to the play-offs. After the team was eliminated by PAOK, Palacio again moved to Caja Laboral until the end of season.

In August 2011, Palacio signed a one-year deal with Obradoiro CAB.[11]

Belizean national team

He led Belize to a gold medal at the 1998 CARICOM Basketball Championship, which the country hosted. Palacio also held summer camps in his parents' homeland for aspiring Belizean basketball players.

He was also a member of the team that won a silver medal at the 2009 FIBA COCABA Championship, held in Cancún, Mexico, losing in the finals of the hosts 106–103.[12]

NBA career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1999–00 Vancouver 53 0 7.4 .439 .000 .595 1.0 .9 .4 .0 2.0
2000–01 Boston 58 6 19.7 .472 .333 .848 1.8 2.6 .8 .0 5.9
2001–02 Boston 41 0 12.6 .385 .353 .706 1.2 1.3 .5 .1 3.7
2001–02 Phoenix 28 1 9.7 .380 .143 .783 .8 1.0 .3 .0 2.8
2002–03 Cleveland 80 46 24.7 .418 .216 .747 2.9 3.2 .8 .2 5.0
2003–04 Toronto 59 13 20.5 .349 .154 .662 1.7 3.1 .7 .2 4.4
2004–05 Toronto 80 4 19.2 .446 .167 .742 1.7 3.5 .6 .2 5.8
2005–06 Utah 71 18 19.4 .424 .063 .653 1.9 2.7 .7 .2 6.2
Career 470 88 17.9 .419 .235 .719 1.8 2.5 .6 .1 4.8

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