Skip to content

Nuggets’ Andre Miller believes he can play until he’s 40

Oct 13, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Five Getty Images

Andre Miller is entering his 15th NBA season, and he’s always been considered one of the highest-IQ players at his position. His “old man game” is fun to watch in an entirely different way than say, Nuggets starting point guard Ty Lawson, given Miller’s style that has him using his brain far more often than his athleticism to make plays.

Miller appeared in all 82 regular season games last season, and averaged 26.2 minutes per contest. He feels like he could contribute much more than that if called upon, and at age 37, believes he could be playing for three more seasons.

From Christopher Dempsey of the Denver Post:

“I could still play 35 minutes,” Miller said. “Coming back here, I was slowed down (last year). I was doing well in Portland, playing 33, 34 minutes a game, and the situation was, I was traded back here and basically told I would be a backup. I still feel I can play a high amount of minutes, but teams have what they are doing, and I have to fall in line.” …

His preparation in the summer was simple. He rested. He’s aiming to play until he’s 40 — and that requires two more seasons beyond this one.

To do that, he’ll have to show the new coaching staff he has the staying power. Teammates believe he can do it.

“He has youthful legs,” guard Ty Lawson said. “You can see when people are getting old. With Dre, you can’t see that.”

Denver’s previous head coach, George Karl, was one of Miller’s biggest fans, and Karl knew just how valuable it was to have someone like Miller out on the floor for as many minutes as made sense. But with Brian Shaw now coaching, Miller’s role in Denver will be a bit less clear, and may very well diminish.

Miller’s contract is only guaranteed through this season, with the Nuggets having the option to retain him for an additional year beyond that. Depending on the direction the franchise takes, Miller could very well still be playing when he’s 40 — but in all likelihood, he’ll have to convince another team that he still has something left to contribute by the time he reaches that age.

  1. tcclark - Oct 13, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    His game will be wasted this year in Denver. I never worry about guys like Andre Miller getting older. He never relied on athleticism, so his game has been consistent throughout and may have even gotten better with age. He’s smart and very skilled. He knows more about basketball than 99% of the NBA and has turned himself into a very well respected point guard while having very little basketball talent. He deserves to get the minutes he is capable of logging. Indiana would be a perfect fit for him. They’re a team that doesn’t rely on star players and would allow Dre to use his court vision to run the offense and set up guys like George, Granger, Hibbert, and West. If Brian Shaw isn’t planning on playing him much, he should do the right thing and send him somewhere where he’ll get that opportunity.

    • legend30 - Oct 13, 2013 at 10:05 PM

      Well said, Pacers would be logical fit for him. But who would they trade? They could trade a draft pick, but I think the salaries won’t match.

  2. elcapitanfiscal - Oct 13, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    I like andre! Im a mavs fan and still remember when he torched us for 50 pts a couple years ago

  3. rickyspanish - Oct 13, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Andre is great, his old school moves are awesome to watch.

Leave Comment

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

Top 10 NBA Player Searches
  1. D. Rose (2783)
  2. K. Irving (2254)
  3. A. Davis (1915)
  4. K. Bryant (1559)
  5. L. James (1470)
  1. K. Durant (1322)
  2. T. Thompson (1290)
  3. B. Jennings (1262)
  4. M. Leonard (1176)
  5. A. Aminu (1151)