Andre Miller and Brandon Roy: Dumars and Thomas Reborn

July 28, 2009 at 6:45 pm | Posted in nba | Leave a comment
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With little fanfare, the Portland Trailblazers made a move that instantly turns them into a championship contender. Andre Miller was the steal of the free agent season and, with Brandon Roy, gives the TrailBlazers two genius leaders at the guard position.  The tandem is not unlike the Dumars-Thomas duo that led the Pistons for years. They now have two guards who are both coaches on the floor and use their brains to win games at crunch time.

Coach Nate McMillan and GM Kevin Pritchard both rave about Miller’s basketball IQ. At a pre-signing dinner, Andre  apparently knew so much about the Blazer’s roster and offense that the dinner turned into an organizational brainstorming session. He’s 33, which might be a negative for some teams, but is a perfect match for the youthful Blazers. He may turn LaMarcus Aldridge, Greg Oden, and Roy into perennial all-stars. If he does, Portland will win a championshp.

Veteran point guard Andre Miller, who averaged 16.3 points and 6.5 assists for the 76ers last season, signed a three-year contract with the Trail Blazers.

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