It was announced today that the Denver Nuggets G League affiliate the Grand Rapids Gold has hired Andre Miller as their new Head Coach. Additionally, Nate Babcock who was an assistant coach with the Rapids last season has been named Associate Head Coach while former Nugget Jeff Trepagnier and James Fraschilla have been added as assistant coaches.
Miller is a 17-year NBA veteran who brings extensive experience and basketball knowledge with him to Grand Rapids, having appeared in 1,304 career games, the 22nd most in NBA history. Miller spent seven of those seasons in Denver over two stints (2003-07, 2011-14), holding averages of 12.0 points, 6.7 assists and 3.8 rebounds while shooting 46.4% from the field. He currently sits fourth all-time in Nuggets NBA franchise history with 2978 assists.
Miller was drafted 8th overall in the 1999 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers where he was named to the All-Rookie First Team in 1999-00. The savvy point guard played for nine franchises (Cleveland, L.A. Clippers, Denver, Philadelphia, Portland, Washington, Sacramento, Minnesota and San Antonio) owning career averages of 12.5 points, 6.5 assists and 3.7 rebounds in 30.9 minutes per game. Miller led the NBA in assists during the 2001-02 season and recorded 8524 assists in his career, the 12th most in NBA history. Furthermore, Miller is one of just eight players in NBA history to record at least 16,000 points, 8,500 assists and 4,500 rebounds in their career, joining LeBron James, Oscar Robertson, Russell Westbrook, Gary Payton, Chris Paul, Magic Johnson and Jason Kidd.
The Los Angeles, California native entered the NBA after spending four years at the University of Utah, including helping lead the Utes to a National Championship appearance in 1998. Miller appeared in 134 games, averaging 12.9 points, 5.4 assists and 4.8 rebounds while shooting 51.3% from the field. Miller was named a consensus first-team All-American in 1999 and finished his career as Utah’s all-time leader in steals (254) and second all-time in assists (721).
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About the NBA G League
The NBA’s official minor league, the NBA G League prepares players, coaches, officials, trainers and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory. Featuring 30 teams, 28 with direct affiliations to NBA franchises for 2021-22, the league offers elite professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. 54 percent of all NBA players at the end of the 2021-22 season boasted NBA G League experience. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA Cares programs.
About the Grand Rapids Gold
The Grand Rapids Gold are a member of the NBA G League and affiliated with the Denver Nuggets. The organization is committed to providing an elite level of basketball to the West Michigan community, while also investing in and contributing to the West Michigan community. The team is owned by SSJ Group LLC. For more information about the organization, visit www.nbagrandrapids.com and follow the team on its social media channels.