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Nuggets point guard Andre Miller moves up career assist list

Veteran floor leader moves past Rod Strickland for sole possession of ninth

Nuggets point guard Andre Miller is now ninth on the NBA's career assist list.
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Next stop, 8,000.

Nuggets point guard Andre Miller moved into sole possession of ninth place on the NBA’s career assist list Saturday night when he threw an alley oop to Wilson Chandler in the second quarter of Denver's game against the Dallas Mavericks.

It was Miller’s 7,988th assist in 15 NBA seasons, moving him past Rod Strickland. Miller is one of only eight players in NBA history with at least 15,000 points and 7,500 assists.

“I think he has been one of the most underrated point guards since he he's been in the league,” Denver coach Brian Shaw said. “He's a guy that just has always got the job done and has always been effective. To last as long as he has is one thing, but to be moving up the ladder still at this stage is a great accomplishment for him.”

At 37, Miller also has proven to be one of the most durable players in NBA history, missing just our games due to injury.

“Phenomenal,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. “He is as resourceful of a player as there is in this league, and he has sneaky athleticism and sneaky ability.”

Miller says he wants to play until he’s 40. If he can reach his goal, he has a chance to pass Gary Payton (8,966) and Isiah Thomas (9,061).