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Getting To Know Andre Miller

  • FULL NAME: Andre Lloyd Miller
  • SIZE: 6-foot-2, 200-pounds
  • AGE: 35 (March 19, 1976)
  • POSITION: Point Guard
  • DRAFTED: 1999, Cleveland with 8th pick
  • FIVE DEGREES OF DENVER NUGGETS: Miller played with the Nuggets from 2003 to 2006 before being dealt to the Philadelphia 76ers for Allen Iverson in the Dec. 2006. He also played with former Nuggets’ center Marcus Camby in Portland. Has played with Kenyon Martin, Nene and JR Smith (all three are due to be free agents) during his first stint with the Nuggets.
  • WHAT THEY SAID: ‘There’s not a lot guys like Andre. I’ve never met anybody like him, really. He’s a pro’s pro.’ Nate McMillan to Oregonian’s Jason Quick after the trade.
  • FACTOIDS: Was drafted right after Richard Hamilton (Washington) and right before Shawn Marion (Phoenix) in the 1999 NBA Draft. Both have NBA Titles.
  • STRENGTHS: Big guard with vast array of inside and low-post moves. Loves to push tempo. Among best ever at alley-oop. Great rebounder and good team defender (ESPN). One of best playmakers in the League. Great passer, excellent ballhandler and high basketball IQ. (Hoopshype)   Strength helps him get in the lane. Has a deceptive first step. Can score, but is known as one of the League’s top assist men. Very effective post game since he has a size advantage over most point guards. (DraftExpress) Drives the lane like an NFL fullback and either finishes well or finds the open man. Displays great court vision and defends well. Takes high-percentage shots. One of those rare players who makes his teammates better. (SBnation) Has done a good job helping develop younger players (Andre Iguodala) and is about as consistent as it gets. WANTS TO WIN.
  • WEAKNESSES: Line-drive set shot rarely goes in. Struggles (defending) one-on-one. (ESPN) His outside shot lacks consistency. Can’t hit threes. Isn’t very fast or vertically explosive. (Hoopshype) He has never been great from the perimeter and struggles with his three-point shooting. Could be more efficient with the ball. (SBNation) Not at the prime of his career and has been known to get into it with teammates (Carmelo Anthony) and coaches (Nate McMillan), but is not a bad teammate – just a competitor.
  • BOX SCORE IMPACT: Career averages of 14.4 points, 4.1 rebounds, 7.2 assists and 1.4 steals. His career field goal average is .459 and free throw average is .807. He had one of the lowest scoring outputs of his career in 2011, after averaging 12.7 points, but did average 7 assists a game. He has surpassed 100 steals a season eight times in his career (including 114 in 2011). He is one of the ironman in the NBA, missing only six games in his 12-year career. Has played 39 playoff games in his career, averaged 14.8 points for the Blazers in the 2011 playoffs.
  • ROLE: Veteran leader, who will be looked upon to help develop Ty Lawson and Arron Afflalo. Will guide the team down the stretch of games and will spend a lot of times defending shooting guards. Fit in the role that was voided when Raymond Felton was traded and will most likely see time next to Lawson late in the game.

 

Tags: Allen Iverson Andre Iguodala Andre Miller Arron Afflalo Carmelo Anthony Cleveland Cavaliers Denver Nuggets J.R. Smith JR Smith Kenyon Martin Marcus Camby Nate McMillan Raymond Felton Richard Hamilton Shawn Marion Ty Lawson

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