Nuggets’ “QBs” look to take Peyton Manning-like chances
Nuggets’ Andre Iguodala (9) and Andre Miller (24). (Don Ryan, The Associated Press)
In the past, Nuggets coach George Karl has talked about wanting more turnovers from his point guards. Sounds silly, right?
What the coach meant was — at times, he’s fine with a point guard being too aggressive with the pass, because it could probably lead to an assist more times than not, especially with the precision of his passing point Andre Miller.
“I think there are basketball passes that are good turnover passes,” Karl said.
“Coaches don’t like turnovers, but Andre can throw 10 passes that no one else in basketball can throw – and he’ll complete seven of them for dunks. He might throw the other three away – I’m OK with it. It’s 70 percent and they’re dunks, which have a power to them, a momentum to them. Someone else, if a bigger guy tries to make a Magic Johnson pass and it’s turned over, that drives me crazy.”
Miller has been a little rusty in camp so far, and in two preseason games he’s averaged 5.0 assists (and, actually, 5.0 points, too). Starting point guard Ty Lawson averages 6.5 assists, and Karl said he thinks Lawson can average around 8.0 during the regular season.
Curiously – or, perhaps, fittingly – Denver only had four player tally assists in the most-recent preseason game – Lawson (11), Miller (six), Andre Iguodala (six) and Danilo Gallinari (three).
“We had 26 assists amongst four guys,” Karl said, “and as we move toward the season, I’m going to take the decision-making away from he guys who make mistakes. The experimenting is over – it’s time to do your job and be responsible to the philosophy of being fast and smart.”
Benjamin Hochman: firstname.lastname@example.org or twitter.com/nuggetsnews
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