ESPN has confirmed the hiring of Minecraft skin artist Joe Miller as a commentator for its flagship broadcast of the NBA All-Star Game.
ESPN said Tuesday the addition of Miller, who is also a YouTube streamer, marks ESPN’s first major hire in the NBA in 20 years.
“Joe is a gifted, engaging and dynamic voice on a wide range of topics,” said Jeff Van Gundy, ESPN vice president of programming.
“His insights are always relevant, and his passion for the sport and his understanding of the game have earned him a place on our broadcast team.”
The decision was first reported by ESPN’s Darren Rovell.
ESPN has a roster of about 60 analysts and commentators, and Miller joins a roster that includes Joe Lunardi, Kevin Pelton, Dan Shaughnessy, Joe Buck, Joe Gaglardi and Grantland.
ESPN had previously been considered for a number of analyst jobs in the past, including one of ESPN’s top-rated analysts, Bill Simmons.
ESPN is owned by Disney.
Miller has worked with the NBA since 2011.
Miller’s most notable work has been on NBA All Star Weekend and the ESPN Classic, two events in which NBA teams play each other for a record $250,000 in prize money.
The ESPN Classic was a four-day showcase of the best players from around the league.