Andre Miller: Didn't This Season Teach Us the Value of a True Point Guard?

Ray StoneCorrespondent IJune 6, 2009

AUBURN HILLS, MI - APRIL 23:  Andre Miller #7 of the Philadelphia 76ers goes up against Chauncey Billups #1 of the Detroit Pistons in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2008 NBA Playoffs on April 23, 2008 at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan.  The Pistons won 105-88.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

You can see how much the Pistons lost in trading away Chauncey Billups.  A veteran NBA point guard makes a huge difference on a team. 

Rodney Stuckey is at least a couple of years away from understanding how to be a floor general.  The position is not easy to master. 

Michael Curry is not a guy you would consider a great teacher, so Stuckey is mainly going to have to learn through experience.  Can the franchise afford to live through his growing pains?

Pistons fans and management both want to see this proud franchise turn it around and contend for the NBA crown.  Right now.

Having said that, I introduce Piston rebuilding plan No. 7: sign guard Andre Miller!

Miller is one of those guys who gets the position.  He is a pure point guard.  Leading the very young Philadelphia teams into the playoffs the last two seasons.  

The guy flat-out knows how to orchestrate a basketball team.  The exact thing we lost when Mr. Big Shot was sent packing.  A crafty veteran point guard can help the inexperienced Curry immeasurably.   

Stuckey can learn a lot from the NBA vet as well, Miller will be starting his 10th season next year.  He still has some gas in the tank at 33, plus he is not going to demand top dollar. 

I say this with the idea that perhaps Rip Hamilton, who desperately needs a player to feed him, might not be in a Piston uniform next season.  That remains to be seen. 

At 6’5, Stuckey has the size to slide over and play the scoring guard position.  In fact, it may be his more natural spot.

Meanwhile the Pistons get a savvy point man for the next few years providing some of the stability that Billups took to the Nuggets

Miller has much the same effect on teams.  Making everyone’s role, including Curry’s, more easily defined.  

Andre Miller is also a strong physically player.  He plays way bigger than his 6’2 frame indicates.  Scoring a lot of his points in the paint, posting up opposing point guards. 

Detroit is lacking a strong post presence; Miller can actually help fill some of that void.  His post game is that good.  Stuckey can handle the ball and the ‘Stons can run some offense through their power point guard down low sometimes.

In case anyone forgot the importance of a good floor general, it was on full display for us with Chauncey B and the Nuggets. 

Inking Miller to a short-term deal would assure the Pistons a solid play at the point position.

As well as take lots of pressure off of our young coach and budding star Rodney Stuckey. All while still leaving a lot of cap room and flexibility going forward. 

Should he be the new Piston point man?