Andre Miller. Ironman of the NBA. Landed as a free agent last year. We all know his game. Offensively dominates smaller PG's in the post, never really relied on his athleticism. Grant Hill & Antonio McDyess - Before their injuries they were touted as some of the best players in the NBA. Then after a long road of rehab both are still successful playing in the NBA, why ? Because after their athleticism faded & they had to rely on strategy instead - Positioning, changing speeds & ball fakes.. Andre has been good to Portland & he has had some great moments - The 52 against Dallas. The dunk against Denver. He Adjusted throughout the year for the good of our team. Some are saying trade him, I have been asking myself if its needed.
I understand, Dre's game is certainly not a perfect fit next to Roy. Not a great defender, a terrible three point shooter. I was thinking to myself if you had the perfect "Heir to Andre"(HTA from here on out) backing him up, he could learn a lot from Andre. I see myself looking ahead when his contract is up, a new CBA in place. Andre may very well resign with us for showing loyalty & provide a nice spark for the second unit. Think; Roy, Batum, Aldridge, Oden entering their primes. The HTA, having backed up Miller for two-three years(I am not going to leave that out of the realm of possibility it could be Bayless) ready to take over the reigns. Its a beautiful sight. Thats not to say for the right price, Andre would not be available, because he would. However, Miller has a game that appears to be able to stand the test of time & could teach whoever the HTA is quite a lot. If the right offer doesn't come around I would not mind keeping him around.
The HTA - Who are you?
The qualifications are well known. He has to be able to hit his open shots consistently. He has to be a good to great defender, preferably able to defend both guards. The ability to play well without the ball in his hands & finally the age to fit with the core of this team. Now with those qualifications in mind, let me throw out some names - Not all are perfect fits.
Stephen Curry - Led the NBA in 3PT%, works well off the ball, great work ethic, great kid. Average defender
Jrue Holiday - Essentially Philadelphia's PG-Version of Batum. Excellent defender, shooting %'s last year, can defend both guard spots. Gary Payton-Esqe ceiling.
Darren Collison - Great 3PT Shooter, a little small but a scrappy defender, great work ethic.
George Hill - Clearly the better fit on our team over Tony Parker as much as I'd love seeing the "French Connection" in Portland. A good 3PT Shooter, has been studying Tony Parker for two years, decent defender. Had a break out season last year & has a high ceiling.
Aaron Brooks - Would be a tough trade to pull off. A absolute sniper from deep - One of the best in the league & a quick release. He is lightning fast. Below average defender due to his size especially against larger guards.
Mike Conley - Still only 22 years old, Mike Conley has improved every year since he came into the league, keep in mind Aaron Brooks didn't average more then 11 a game in the NBA until he was 25. The same age Brooks was at Oregon scoring 10 a game his junior year, Mr. Conley was scoring 10+ in the NBA. I don't think his potential has been fully realized yet & I fully expect him to have a breakout year. Conley the last two years has shown real dramatic improvement in his 3 Point shot the last two years, averaging around 39%. Has experience playing off the ball from playing alongside OJ Mayo who often takes the ball up & initiates the offense. A good off ball defender, with potential to be great. Sometimes can get bullied by bigger PG's if he doesn't get weakside help.
Jerryd Bayless - Rex is a fiery competitor, excellent at taking it to the rack. Will need to continue develop his 3PT shot & PG skills for him to be a championship level HTA - In my opinion. He reminds me a lot of Vinny Johnson from the Bad Boys Teams & think he could fit that role well.
Who is your HTA?
The Heir To Andre is?...
Steph Curry (46 votes)
Jrue Holiday (18 votes)
Darren Collison (26 votes)
Aaron Brooks (9 votes)
Mike Conley (28 votes)
Jerryd Bayless (70 votes)
Other - Explain below & Let me know what you think bout 'Dre (23 votes)
220 total votes