George Karl Considers Andre Miller One of the Greatest Point Guards Ever

Andre Miller reached the 15,000 point mark last night, and the veteran point guard joined an exclusive club. This prompted Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl to place Miller among the best of all time at his position. Per the Denver Post: “Where does Andre Miller rank among NBA point guards all time? Well, his coach says maybe top five. For real. (As one fan, @Alf954, tweeted when told of the proclamation: ‘Alphabetically by first name?’) ‘I’m taking about a true point guard,’ Nuggets coach George Karl said, ‘who plays the game the way a point guard should play, not (necessarily) with the 3-ball and the scoring point guards. But the ‘trueness’ of the position, I think he’s one of the best.’ The debate occurred Thursday because the 36-year-old Miller surpassed 15,000 career points during the Nuggets’ game against the Timberwolves, making him only the eighth player ever to have 15,000 points and at least 7,500 assists. ‘I just think the essential personality of a point guard, he has almost everything except making the 3-ball,’ Karl said of the Denver guard known for his crisp, accurate assists. […] For Miller’s career, which began in 1999 with Cleveland, the former Utah Utes star has averaged 13.9 points, 7.1 assists and 4.0 rebounds. ‘I think Andre could have been a better scorer than he’s turned out to be, but I think his desire has always been to be the quarterback,’ Karl said. ‘He does amazing things out there with a nature that helps everybody — helps the team, the coach, helps winning, and he does it with a humble mentality. He’s a quiet guy and any type of attention he gets, he deserves it.'”