The ageless wonder, or terror depending on who you ask, remained his immutable self last year posting the same types of numbers he’s had for the last several years. His usage rate hit a career low and his turnover rate (which did take a favorable dip from last year) was third highest in the league among guards, an outlier in terms of his overall career. But other than that, Miller remains the same old man at the YMCA he’s always been. The guy who can’t shoot and doesn’t play defense, but still infuriates opponents with a large posterior he guilefully uses to devastating effect in the post. Whatever your thoughts are on the other aspects of his game, the way he consistently churns out 10 points and 6 assists a game based solely on how cleverly he establishes position on offense is something to admire.
The problems start when you look elsewhere, at his lackluster defense and the nuisance he becomes without the ball in his hands. Off ball Dre doesn’t space the floor, he rarely ever cuts to the basket to make defenders ignoring him pay, and when he does receive the ball the offense tends to stop flowing, something that becomes a major problem when Ty Lawson is also on the court.
But on a more optimistic note, many of these vices were exaggerated by a coach too blinded by loyalty to see their cost. Brian Shaw holds no such loyalty and with Lawson as the clear best player on the team, Fournier a good option off ball, Robinson a perennial wildcard, and Foye very clearly a two guard only, Miller may finally see his minutes allocated more to times where he’s the primary ball handler, a place where he can do the most damage.
Ultimately it’s hard to envision a scenario where Miller is still on the team by seasons end. Like Karl, this new era for the Nuggets is starting to pass him by and a stockpiled backcourt makes him more of a luxury item than a necessity. On the right team and in the right role he can still be useful, but a solid veteran role player quickly loses his value on a rebuilding team.
15. Anthony Randolph
14. Quincy Miller
13. Timofey Mozgov
12. Jordan Hamilton
11. Randy Foye
10. Darrell Arthur
9. J.J. Hickson
8. Andre Miller