Andre Miller dribbles with the speed of a septuagenarian with a shopping cart, lost among the overwhelming options of canned soup.
He dribbles droopy. Almost uninterested. But then, the Nuggets' elderly point guard will spot an opening, and suddenly he's stealth, slithering his body into the paint. When he goes to score, it isn't with some emphatic slam, but simply a time-stopping finger flip or a time-honored lay-in off the backboard, which looks like a set shot headed for a peach basket.
"Andre isn't fast, doesn't jump well and isn't a very good shooter, but he's as strong as an ox," said former NBA guard Steve Kerr, one of the TNT broadcasters for Sunday's All-Star Game in Houston. "And he uses that strength to get in the lane, where he has an assortment of dribble moves, pump fakes and pivot moves that get him where he wants to go."
Andre Lloyd Miller turns 37 in March. But he remains a vital player for the Nuggets. Through the first two months of the season, before the surge of Ty Lawson and Danilo Gallinari, coach George Karl called him Denver's most valuable player. Utilizing an old-school approach, the veteran point guard is crafty and effective, averaging 25.6 minutes, 8.9 points and 5.8 assists.
Yes, he might shoot the 3-pointer more often than Karl (and definitely fans on Twitter) would like. But he has proved to be one of the elite role players in the league, with a skill set of a different era.
Denver Nuggets' Andre Miller keeps current with old-school excellence
Denver Post | Feb 17