Andre Miller sees himself as a starter, not a backup

Andre Miller wants to be a starter again. (Getty Images)

Throughout his career, Andre Miller has been a starter in the league whether with the Cavaliers, the Trail Blazers, the 76ers or even during a previous stint with the Nuggets.

Now, he finds himself in a different role, coming off the bench in Denver behind youngster Ty Lawson.  And he’s not thrilled.

Miller told Chris Tomasson of that he wants to be a starter again.

“At this point in my career, I don’t see myself as a backup. For 13 years, I wasn’t a backup before. This is a short season (due to the lockout), so I’ll deal with it. But I don’t see myself as a backup at this point in my career. I don’t see that.”

Miller can leave the Nuggets after this season when he becomes a free agent.  And he says he will he “probably not” return to backup Ty Lawson unless there isn’t a better opportunity for him somewhere else.

The veteran is now 35 years old but still putting up good numbers, averaging 10 points and 6.5 assists on just 29 minutes.

But that’s where the problem lies.  He believes that he should be getting more minutes and not coming off the bench either.

Miller could be used in a trade before the end of the season but Denver and Coach George Karl seem to have a good though going with him in his current role.  The team is 7-4 so far and second in the league in scoring with a large part of that due to a deep bench that includes Miller.