Watching Andre Miller play basketball at the NBA-level is an interesting experience. The 36-year-old is noticeably slower than most of his younger teammates, doesn’t have the athleticism most guys in the league have and has a funky-looking shot. However, he’s exactly what the Denver Nuggets need.
Miller brings to this young Nuggets team the composure and experience that not many guys on the team have. As the backup point guard, he keeps things calm whenever he is on the floor and never lets things get out of hand. His contributions go beyond his leadership abilities, though.
For the year, he’s averaging nine points, 5.8 assists, 0.9 steals and three rebounds per game, as well as shooting 48.5 percent from the floor. But that’s also in just 25.6 minutes per game. Given that, Miller is averaging 12.7 points, 8.2 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 1.3 steals per 36 minutes. That’s obviously not All-Star-caliber production, but that’s not what’s expected of him.
After all, Miller is their backup point guard, a role that he has played to near-perfection this season. He’s been a facilitator for the second-unit on offense and a shut-down perimeter defender on the defensive end. Both of these things have proven to be incredibly valuable for Denver, a team that is still learning on the fly.
Miller might not be able to grab rim, beat people down the floor or pull off some crazy reverse layup. But that doesn’t change the fact that he’s been a consistently great passer for the Nuggets and a leader for their second unit, as well as the whole team. In a league where solid bench-play is at a premium, Miller is definitely a prized asset.