By a conservative estimate, 10,000 players have appeared in an NBA game since the league came into existence in 1946.
Eight of those players have scored at least 15,000 points and handed out 7,500 assists.

Five of the eight – Magic Johnson, Gary Payton, Oscar Robertson, John Stockton and Isiah Thomas – are in the Basketball Hall of Fame. Two others – Jason Kidd and Steve Nash – have combined to appear in 16 All-Star games and are well on their way to Hall induction.

Andre Miller, meanwhile, goes about his business with little fanfare as captain and veteran floor leader of the Denver Nuggets.

“He’s extremely underrated when you’re talking about all-time point guards,” said Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson. “He does his job. He’s a battler, a competitor and a leader.”

Jackson, who ranks third on the NBA’s career assist list, spent four years playing against Miller as a player. He is now trying to disrupt Miller as the Warriors face the Nuggets in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.

At 37 years old, Miller was the oldest player on the court in Game 1 between Denver and Golden State. He also was the best player on the court, scoring 28 points and converting the winning layup in the final seconds to help the Nuggets hold off the Warriors.

After adding another 18 points in Game 2, Miller leads the team in scoring as the series moves to Oakland, Calif., with the Nuggets and Warriors tied at one game apiece.

Making his ninth career playoff appearance, Miller is trying to advance out of the first round for the first time. While motivated to have postseason success, he does not think it will change his status as an underappreciated playmaker.