What Can Andre Miller Do This Summer To Once Again Silence His Critics?
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 06/15/2010 2:51 PM

    Here is a snippet from my blog-

     

    Sometimes the best really is saved left for last. After targeting not one, but two other players in free agency, Portland finally "settled" on Andre Miller in late July. At first, the marriage between the two seemed vexatious at best: a ball-dominant guard, not known for his ability to hit the open jump shot, playing alongside Brandon Roy and with an established point guard in Steve Blake already on the roster? The relationship figured to end before it even got started, but everything changed after a mid-season, heated altercation between Miller and Coach McMillan over a late-game decision the previous night. Headlined by a career-high 52 point game in Dallas and keeping his NBA "Iron Man" streak intact, even more impressive considering the amount of games the team missed totaled over 300; Andre was able to lead the squad to a 50 win season and another playoff berth. Although Miller was arguably Portland's team MVP for the 2010 season, he'll once again have to silence the critics who insist he isn't the man for the job.

    1. Jump Shooting

    2. Throughout his 11 year career, there haven't been very many hurdles in Andre Miller's way he hasn't been able to clear: stature (6'2", 200 lbs.), court vision (career 7.2 apg average), and durability (612 consecutive games played). Even though everything about his game screams consistency, his outside shot has not followed suit. Despite playing the fewest amount of minutes since his rookie year (2500), Andre attempted the third most three-pointers in his career (80), connecting only 16 times. No, ‘Dre didn’t all of a sudden become infatuated with the long ball; it’s a product of being the point guard in Nate McMillan’s offense.

      To say it’s impossible for a 34 year old player to abruptly become an adequate long-range shooter after so many years of subpar results would be inaccurate. Just look at Jason Kidd. Kidd, much like Miller, was maligned his whole career for not possessing a jump shot, even to the point where he was referred to as “Ason”, because he had no J. Through hard work and strenuous repetition in the gym, Kidd has transformed into one of the better three-point shooters in the league, knocking them down at a 40% clip or better each of the past three years. With both players having comparable shooting techniques (flat footed, ball placement in front of face), it wouldn’t be wise to doubt Andre Miller becoming a serviceable three-point shooter.
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    What do you guys think Andre can work on this summer to have another productive season? Personally, I think he'll be even more lethal in this offense in his 2nd year, now that he is used to everything. Also, a healthy G.O. and Brandon will allow him to pick and choose when and where he wants to score, instead of being hte focal point of the defense which he was in the PHX series.
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  1. ClydeFrog
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    Posted 06/15/2010 4:08 PM

    It will be like having a whole new Andre in 2011. There will be no Blake looking over his shoulder. He'll have complete freedom in the offense and he'll have the big man, G.O., to rack up the assists with. If he can shoot 35% from 3 next year, we'll be in great shape!
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  1. RipCityRevival
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    Posted 06/15/2010 4:12 PM

    I want to see what happens in the rest of the market first. I have no doubt that he can adapt, but this year it took him all season. If Portland picks up a quality free agent or makes a trade for their missing link then that makes Miller's adjustments more difficult. With that said, I don't think the critics should be very vocal right now. Miller actually seemed to hitting it from all over the floor the second half of the season and if he continues to work on it this summer then there is no doubt he will improve to be atleast serviceable. I think we need to wait and see what happens in the rest of the offseason.
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  1. Kim~
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    Posted 06/15/2010 6:04 PM

    Defense , and I still think a Miller/Blake pg rotation is more of a blessing than a problem. Best of both worlds. It just took longer than expected to mesh Miller with the team , and we needed Camby.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 06/15/2010 8:36 PM

    A Miller/Bayless/Roy backcourt rotation is more than sufficient. I really can't wait to see how he and Roy play off of each other for a WHOLE season. He may not be the best shooter, but he's still able to get Roy open shots by working his man in the post, forcing the double team.
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  1. Bertram
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    Posted 06/15/2010 9:04 PM

    If Jason Kidd can do it (my goodness his shot was horrendous back in the day) then Andre Miller can definitely do it.
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  1. Kim~
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    Posted 06/16/2010 8:56 AM

    So Hawes just curious, how many seasons has Roy played all 82 games and the playoffs so far ?
    With a Miller/Bayless/Roy back court being sufficient, what is plan b when Roy gets another nagging injury because he plays too many minutes ?
    Rudy or a rookie ? I prefer another option.....
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  1. Kropf
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    Posted 06/16/2010 1:27 PM

    kim: rookie. rudy is gonna go bye bye in one of KP's last moves and we will pick up someone who can handlle and shoot. with this draft tho we will probly be looking at another combo guard on the roster. maybe andy rautins?(he'll be there for our second round pick) dominique jones?(tho he's valued alot higher now) it should be a good summer. despite KP probly not being around for it.
    I am a fan of proving those damn ESPN analysts wrong next year..
  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 06/16/2010 2:05 PM

    Posted By Kim on 06/16/2010 8:56 AM
    So Hawes just curious, how many seasons has Roy played all 82 games and the playoffs so far ?
    With a Miller/Bayless/Roy back court being sufficient, what is plan b when Roy gets another nagging injury because he plays too many minutes ?
    Rudy or a rookie ? I prefer another option.....
    From NBA.com-
    Career Season Averages
    Year Team G GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% OFF DEF RPG APG SPG BPG TO PF PPG
    06-07 POR 57 55 35.4 0.456 0.377 0.838 1.0 3.4 4.4 4.0 1.2 0.2 2.04 2.44 16.8
    07-08 POR 74 74 37.7 0.454 0.340 0.753 1.1 3.6 4.7 5.8 1.1 0.2 1.84 1.99 19.1
    08-09 POR 78 78 37.2 0.480 0.377 0.824 1.3 3.4 4.7 5.1 1.1 0.3 1.95 1.63 22.6
    09-10 POR 65 65 37.2 0.473 0.330 0.780 1.1 3.3 4.4 4.7 0.9 0.2 1.98 2.09 21.5
    Career -- 274 272 37.0 0.467 0.354 0.797 1.2 3.4 4.6 5.0 1.1 0.2 1.95 2.00 20.2
    All-Star -- 2 0 29.5 0.833 0.667 0.000 0.5 6.5 7.0 5.0 0.5 0.5 0.00 2.00 16.0
    His rookie year (heal) and this year (hamstring + mcl) were the only years where he has missed sufficient time. I don't think we need to worry about injuries or try to acquire someone in advance of them. Last year was a fluke injury wise, and I doubt we see it again in our lifetime. The squad, as a whole, seems to respond well when they know their role and playing time. We simply had too many guys who could ball to start the year, and it showed in our play. Guys couldn't get into a rhythm or were looking over their shoulder. A solid, 8-9 man rotation will be perfect, then if something does come up, we'll have guys like JP, Dante, this year's rookie ready to step in for the time being.
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  1. Kim~
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    Posted 06/16/2010 6:47 PM

    I hope your right......
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  1. ClydeFrog
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    Posted 06/17/2010 3:08 PM

    I wouldn't worry about Roy. The same injury concerns were thrown at D-Wade these past couple of years and he's held up. Both players just had a streak of bad luck, compiled with the fact both players carry their teams on their backs, it's bound to happen sometime. Hopefully Roy's new training regimine this summer can prevent him from hurting his hamstring again.
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  1. Bertram
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    Posted 06/19/2010 9:28 AM

    Hopefully he puts in some pilates to get more flexible XD
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