Maccabi signs frontcourt duo Miller, Zirbes

Jun 13, 2016 by Euroleague.net Print
Maccabi signs frontcourt duo Miller, Zirbes

Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv has begun building for the next Turkish Airlines Euroleague season by signing an established frontcourt duo who led their last team to the playoffs, All-Euroleague forward Quincy Miller and center Maik Zirbes, to two-year contracts. Miller and Zirbes were the top two scorers and rebounders on their team, Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade, as it reached the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs for the first time in club history. Miller (2.06 meters, 24 years old) made his rookie Euroleague season a memorable one. Despite joining the team after opening day, Miller immediately became an force, posting Euroleague averages of 14.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots. He ranked second in blocks, seventh in scoring and 16th in rebounds at season's end and was voted by the fans and media to the All-Euroleague Second Team. Miller played a big role in helping Zvezda lift the Adriatic League and Serbian League titles, too. Before arriving to Zvezda, Miller played three professional seasons in his native United States with Denver, Sacramento and Detroit of the NBA, as well as with Development League sides Iowa, Reno and Grand Rapids.

Maccabi added more size and power to its roster by inking Zirbes (2.08 meters, 26 years old), who averaged 12.4 points and 6.1 rebounds in 27 Euroleague games last season with Zvezda. He finished the season as the Euroleague's eight-best rebounder and 18th-best scorer. Zirbes had a great regular season, ranking third among all Euroleague players in performance index rating (19.1 PIR) and scoring (16.3 ppg.), as well as sixth in two-point shooting percentage (71.3%). In his two seasons with Zvezda, Zirbes led his team to consecutive Adriatic League and Serbian League titles. Zirbes has also played for Trier, Saar-Pfalz and Brose Baskets Bamberg of Germany and has been a member of the German national team. He won a German League title with Bamberg in 2013. Zirbes has accumulated 727 points and 407 rebounds in 84 Euroleague career games over four seasons with Bamberg and Zvezda.