ESPN.com and their TrueHoop Network have ranked the players of the NBA and are releasing their rankings on twitter (@NBAonESPN), from number 500 to number 1. They have finally broke into the top 100 players and have ranked Andre Miller, point guard for the Denver Nuggets, at #94.
Last year, Miller was ranked by ESPN at #89 and, even at the age of 36, he’s still producing. Dropping five places is actually reasonable considering he only averaged 27.4 minutes and under 10 points per game in 2011-2012. His career average is a little bit over 14 points per game, but with reduced minutes comes reduced scoring.
His full 2011-2012 statistical line looked something like this: 9.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, 6.7 assists, 43.8% FG, 81.1% from the free throw line, and a 14.84 PER.
Aforementioned was the fact his scoring has decreased, but that’s due to his reduced starting role, as well as age. Also, he isn’t asked by head coach George Karl, to be the primary, or even the secondary, offensive option. Denver has Ty Lawson and Danilo Gallinari for that.
Miller, however, is asked to be the veteran on the floor, to calm the team down when things get frantic, he’s responsible for being the orchestrator and the Nuggets are his instrument.
Miller will be even more vital for the Nuggets in 2012-2013 as he will be used mainly as a backup point guard and when he plays with JaVale McGee, there will be alley-oops on top of alley-oops. Even at Miller’s advanced age, he still has one heck of a throwing arm.
What Miller lacks for speed and being sluggish on defense, he more than makes up with his court vision and the way he can attack the rim. That’s not even touching on the subject of his locker room presence with the younger players.
Being number 94 at the age of 36, that isn’t too shabby for one of the best backup point guards in the league