Wake-up call: John Wall will play with Miller, too

Wake-up call: John Wall will play with Miller, too
February 22, 2014, 6:00 am
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Not only is Andre Miller here to back up John Wall at point guard, his versatility will lead to coach Randy Wittman putting both players on the floor at the same time to share the backcourt. Both can handle the ball and distribute. Both can get their own shot. Starting with Saturday's game vs. the New Orleans Pelicans at Verizon Center, the Wizards will look different. 

"He's strong enough and big enough to guard 2s in our league. So he'll give us an opportunity to play him and John together some when the opportunity presents itself," said Wittman of the 6-2 Miller.

Usually when the first substitutions are made late in the first quarter, Bradley Beal stays on the floor with the second unit where he has excelled. Miller could run the point and be paired with him, then Garrett Temple steps in for Beal and Wall returns to replace Temple.

Of course, a lot of this depends on how he fits in and his conditioning. This will be Miller's first game in 2014 since he was suspended in December by the Denver Nuggets, who traded him here Thursday. 

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What Miller's presence will not do is decrease Wall's minutes. He averages 37 per game, second-highest among point guards with Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) averaging the most. Monta Ellis (Dallas Mavericks), Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers), Brandon Jennings (Detroit Pistons), Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors) and Kemba Walker (Charlotte Bobcats) all average at least 36. 

"Most top point guards average 35, 38 minutes as John does. If you look at players like Russell Westbrook and Derrick Dose before his injury, Chris Paul, they all pay 35-38 minutes," Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld said. "But we wanted to get someone to come in and lead the group on the second unit and get us in our offense a little bit quicker…from a playmaking standpoint."

Miller brings another unique ability: He can post up guards.

"He's very versatile. He's a good post-up player actually for a point guard. He's a thrifty player," Grunfeld said. "He has a knack for getting into the right places, a very high basketball IQ and on occasion they will be playing together. He can play with Bradley, obviously, and Garrett."