While signing Jeremy Lin is a top priority for the Knicks this summer, the horrific knee injury suffered by Baron Davis makes it essential that the team brings in plenty of talent at the point guard position. Andre Miller, who at 36 years old has still proven to be extremely effective, would be a great addition as either a sixth man or a starter.
After being a starting point guard for the lion's share of his career, Miller proved he could be a game-changing reserve player coming off the bench for the Denver Nuggets behind Ty Lawson. Miller was able to slow the game down, execute in the half court and keep the offense from getting stagnant. Though he is not a great perimeter shooter, Miller's excellent post-game and ability to find his spots on the court made him an offensive threat and would be a great addition to the Knicks.
Last season, Miller averaged 9.7 points, 3.3 rebounds and 6.7 assists in 27.4 minutes of playing time each night. If he could bring the Knicks that kind of production it would be a huge boon for the team. He has familiarity with Carmelo Anthony and his style of play, having shared the court with him in Denver, and also plays his best in the half court. Though Miller does his best work with the ball in his hands he can also play without it and would help the Knicks play the kind of grind-it-out basketball they did at the end of the season.
The Knicks need another veteran point guard on the roster to replace Mike Bibby and Baron Davis while he is recovering, so bringing in a player like Miller would make a lot of sense. He has a ton of experience and would be a great mentor to Jeremy Lin as he continues to improve as a playmaker. He has one of the highest basketball IQs in the league, maximizing his effectiveness despite a distinct lack of athleticism. He has the kind of craftiness and feel for the game that would rub off on a young guard like Lin and help him throughout his career.
For Carmelo Anthony, Miller would be a point guard who understands how to play with him and where to get him the ball. He is extremely unselfish and loves to make plays for his teammates. He knows exactly how to read the game and react to a defense and the two could make for a dangerous two-man game in their time on the court together.
Andre Miller wouldn't be New York's point guard of the future, but he would be an excellent addition to the Anthony-led Knicks next year.