OKC Thunder: Five ways Mike Miller could help Oklahoma City

by Darnell Mayberry Published: July 23, 2013
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* Depth: The Thunder still doesn't have a true backup to Durant. Miller could step in and be that guy. It would help Brooks keep Durant's minutes down for a fourth straight season and keep him fresh for the postseason. But by bringing in Miller, the Thunder also would welcome some additional scoring punch in a second unit that must reinvent itself for a third straight season. Miller hasn't averaged double figures since the 2009-10 season, but his sharp-shooting ability could help balance the bench by providing projected sixth man Reggie Jackson another potent outlet on the wing.

* Insurance: Without Miller, the Thunder's second unit would be relying heavily on Jackson and Jeremy Lamb. While Jackson proved in the playoffs that he's ready for more responsibility, Lamb remains an unproven commodity. If he's ready, great. If he's not, Lamb could take a backseat for another season and Miller could fill the role of spot-up shooter. The postseason is really when Lamb's preparedness will be put to the test. If he's not quite ready for the moment, Miller's proven track record of playoff success would be a terrific fallback plan.

* Makeup: By all accounts Miller is a team-first player. He's been labeled a winner, a low-maintenance teammate and a guy who is willing to sacrifice for something greater than his individual desires. In other words, he's got the prototypical personality for the Thunder. It would help Miller fit in from Day One, as well as be an example to younger teammates. Few players have that ability or desire, which is one of the main reasons the Thunder has pursued Miller so aggressively.

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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