About a week ago, we heard news that the Minnesota Timberwolves were releasing 39 year old veteran guard, Andre Miller. About four days after the news was broken, Miller found himself a much better home, one in San Antonio more specifically.
The San Antonio Spurs signed Miller on Monday, and waived former Sacramento Kings point guard, Ray McCallum, to make room for the addition of Miller. McCallum was averaging a very unimpressive 2.2 points per game, and 1.1 assists per game with the Spurs, serving as their third string point guard.
Andre Miller isn’t what he once was, but he’s still currently 9th of all time in assists, has a career average of 6.6 assists per game, 12.6 points per game, and could come in very well in handy for the remaining time Manu Ginobili‘s sidelined with a testicular injury.
While the Spurs are already good enough, currently second in the West with a terrific record of 50-9, only trailing the seemingly historic Golden State Warriors by four games, and still a perfect home record of 28-0, they continue to look for new pieces to help strengthen themselves for yet another post season run. As good as Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge are, this team has always been the face of “team basketball” and continues to lean toward that image of team ball. They know that it’s gonna take a lot more than those two All Stars if they want to be Six time NBA champions.
By signing Miller, the Spurs not only have one of the oldest teams in NBA history (Miller – 39, Tim Duncan – 39, Ginobili – 38, Tony Parker – 33, David West – 35) but one of the most experienced in NBA history.
People tend to forget that during his 17 years in the league, Miller reached the post season ten times, with four different teams. And just going on a limb here, but I’m gonna say he records yet another playoff appearance with the Spurs this season. Miller may be the oldest players in the league right now, but is still easily one of the most well respected. His new head coach, Gregg Popovich said Miller’s “basketball IQ is off the charts” and that he thinks he’ll be a great fit to the Spurs system. Will it make that much of a difference between being the number one team or number two though?
I mean they say “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” which is kinda what the silver and black are doing here.
Here you have a top two team in the NBA, a team with 50 wins I again must add, signing the oldest player in the league. In most cases it would spell out a recipe of disaster, but I think this is a different scenario. Miller’s most likely eyeing retirement within the next two seasons, and his best case for winning an NBA championship is now. You already have a team that’s known for it’s unselfish play, and team chemistry, joined with a rising star in Kawhi Leonard, top 10 big man that is LaMarcus Aldridge, the speedy point guard, Tony Parker, greatest sixth man of all time in Manu Ginobili, down low duo of Boris Diaw and David West, out of this world shooters, Danny Green and Patty Mills, arguably the greatest Head Coach ever in Gregg Popovich, and oh yeah, the best Power Forward of all time, 5 time NBA champion, Tim Duncan. Besides Golden State, Cleveland, and maybe the Oklahoma City Thunder, there isn’t a team in the rest of the universe capable of beating these San Antonio Spurs.
The Spurs are easily a team that holds great Championship potential as we head further and further toward the playoffs, and I think adding Andre Miller increases their chances immensely. Not only is he one of the best passing guards of all time, but he’s a very well respected veteran with a load of experience, and a great fit for the puzzle that is the 2015-2016 San Antonio Spurs.