Nate McMillan’s Stroke Of Genius: The Four Guard Lineup?

November 13th, 2009 by Brian D. Leave a reply »
As of this writing, the Portland Trailblazers are 4-0 since switching to their new four-guard starting lineup.

Wait, you ask.  Four guard lineup?

That's right.  With Greg Oden starting, Portland now has four players who can handle the ball and run the break.  If you don't believe me, check out this video:

In all seriousness, though, by moving Brandon Roy to the small forward and starting a back court of Andre Miller and Steve Blake, Nate McMillan solved his point guard dilemma with one stroke of genius.

Before the move, some fans and writers were calling for the Blazers to start Andre Miller.  After all, Miller is a better player than Blake.  He makes Greg Oden better.  He runs the break better.  He runs an offense better, period.

However, others have (rightfully) written that Blake is the better complement to Brandon Roy.  Blake is, in some ways, like Steve Kerr and John Paxson were to Michael Jordan.  He hits open shots, makes the occasional play and stays out of Brandon's way.  Plus, a lot of Blazer fans love Steve Blake, while Miller has yet to really ...

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