Miller's role in Portland - undetermined

Andre Miller is just two weeks into learning a new offensive and defensive scheme.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - For those who selected Andre Miller relatively high in their latest NBA fantasy draft, there are "hard times" on the horizon. That's because it appears that Miller will at least start the season as the backup point guard to Steve Blake.

The man who averaged 16.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 6.5 apg last year with Philadelphia, and 14.6/4.2/7.4 for his 10-year career, probably won't see as much playing time as he and fantasy owners are used to.

Miller's Average Draft Position (ADP) was 56.8 last year and 66.0 in 2009-10 meaning owners expected him to continue at around the same production level as before. Suffice it to say that if Blake is averaging 31 minutes like last season that Miller won't get enough floor time to produce at 2008-09's level.

Considering that Blake's ADP for this year is around 207, it appears that almost everyone is surprised by this development.

On the other hand, it's only October and Miller is just two weeks into learning a new offensive and defensive scheme.

"He's trying to learn a whole new system, what we do and how we do things and so he's trying to absorb a lot," said Head Coach Nate McMillan in a recent interview with Joe Freeman of the Oregonian. "We've given them a lot and he knows how to play, but he still has to learn how 'we' play."

The guess here is that by mid-season, the court time will be split evenly between the two player. Unfortunately, in our world that usually means neither player can contribute as a fantasy starter.

Miller and Blake Statistics from 2008-09
Player Team Gm PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% 3PT% FT%
Andre Miller PHI 82 16.3 4.5 6.5 1.3 0.2 47.3 28.3 82.6
Steve Blake POR 69 11.0 2.5 5.0 1.0 0.1 42.8 42.7 84.0


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