Patty Mills

Mills, on the right wearing 13, in 2008, photo credit: SD Dirk

Birth Name: Patrick Sammie Mills

Place of Birth: Canberra, Australia

Date of Birth: 11 August, 1988

*father – Torres Strait Islander
*mother – European, Kokatha Aboriginal

Patty Mills, also known as Patrick Mills, is an Australian professional basketball player. He plays for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has also played for the Portland Trail Blazers, the Idaho Stampede, the Melbourne Tigers, the Xinjiang Flying Tigers, the San Antonio Spurs, the Brooklyn Nets, and the Atlanta Hawks, and represented the Boomers, Australia’s National basketball team.

Patty is the son of Benny and Yvonne Mills. His father is from the Torres Strait Islands, located in between the northern tip of Queensland and Papua New Guinea. The culture and language of the Torres Strait Islands has influence from both the Australian mainland and Papua New Guinea. His mother is Aboriginal, Kokatha; her own father was white and her mother was Aboriginal. His mother is part of the Stolen Generation, taken from her parents by the government in 1949 after her parents separated.

Patty is a nephew of Olympian basketball player Danny Morseu, and a great-nephew of Indigenous land rights activist Eddie Mabo (Edward Koiki Sambo). He is a cousin of rugby league players Edrick Lee and Brenko Lee, and of professional basketball player Nathan Jawai.

Patty is married to Alyssa Levesque Mills.


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