Andre Miller Brings Much-Needed Veteran Presence To Washington Wizards

By Andrew Fisher
Andre Miller
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Most expected the Washington Wizards to be busy at the NBA trade deadline, and so far that’s been the case. The Wizards struck a deal on Thursday to acquire veteran point guard Andre Miller. Also as part of the three-team trade, the Wizards will send Jan Vesely to the Denver Nuggets and Eric Maynor with two second-round picks to the Philadelphia 76ers.

Miller is no stranger to changing teams. Over his lengthy NBA career, which began way back in 1999, the talented PG has played for five teams. The Wizards will mark his sixth overall and the third different team in the last four years.

The veteran will come to Washington to fill the backup point guard role behind John Wall. For a team that’s very young as a whole, adding a veteran presence like Miller is always a good idea. Especially, when he’s slated to play behind the franchise player. Miller should act as a great mentor for Wall. He’s got all the experience a PG could ever have, minus a trip the NBA Finals.

As for what Miller will bring to court in terms of production, that’s anyone’s guess. He’s been averaging career-low numbers in PPG (5.9) and APG (3.3) so far this season, but he’s also averaging a career-low in minutes per game (19.0). Those numbers are the result of his age (37) and his rocky relationship with Brian Shaw. I expect his production to increase significantly with the Wizards.

So overall, is this a good move for the Wizards? I believe it is. Miller is an upgrade at the backup PG spot and he’ll bring a lot of knowledge with him to a young Washington team.


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