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Miller: Best Point Guard to Change Teams

Sportsline had the PG free agents ranked like this:

1 Miller

2 Kidd

3 Felton

4 Bibby

5 Nate Robinson

6 Jack

7 Sessions

Of these players, 2 have resigned with their own teams (Kidd, Bibby), 2 have changed teams (Miller and Jack).  Of the 3 yet to sign, 2 (Robinson, Sessions) are restricted and 1 (Felton) is unrestricted.

Of the 2 that changed teams, Miller is clearly much better than Jack.

Five PGs of note have been traded during the offseason so far: Telfair, Sergio, Alston, Acie Law, and Claxton.  Of these, none is starter quality.  Alston is closest, but will back up Harris in New Jersey.

Finally, Miller is one of the more effective PGs in the league. 

  • Sportsline had him rated as the 2nd best unrestricted free agent this summer, behind Ben Gordon.  Among restricted free agents, only David Lee was ranked higher.
  • Sportsline had Miller as the 2nd highest rated point guard last season, behind only Chris Paul
  • Hollinger has him 5th among PG in estimated wins added.

There are all sorts of statistics, but I'd put him the pack right behind Paul, Deron Williams, Derrick Rose, Tony Parker, and Devon Harris.

So the Blazers got the best PG to change teams, and one of the better non-superstar PGs in the league.  There might be better ones out there, but their teams haven't been willing to move them.  This was the position of greatest need. Given the importance of PGs, this bodes well for us in terms of relative improvement versus other teams.

And we got him for a very reasonable deal that fits well with our team's growth window.  Well done, Blazers!

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