There have been reports that Miles Plumlee has been the best big man in the suns training camp, out playing guys like gortat, alex len, and company. Everybody was suprised when the pacers took him in the first round back in 2012 and really didnt expect much from him. He looked much improved this past summer in the orlando summer league tying the record for rebounds and blocks. he even showed some offensive moves that know one knew he had.
What do u guys think of Miles Plumlee's future in the NBA and can he be a starter down the road?
i think he can be a starter if he's consistent or worse case scenario a glue/energy type player .he won't ever be an all star but rotation player he will be.not alot of guys that are willing to work hard and are athletic at his size.
He could possibly start. There are quite a few starting C's who are in there because they're strong enough to defend the post, set screens and bang on the interior (I'm looking at Kendrick Perkins.)
Plumlee's got the bulk and strength to defend C's. He's active, athletic and plays physically. He'll likely never be an offensive option but at least he's improved his footwork and touch around the rim, so he could at least be passable as a finisher and put back guy.
Ideally I think he's an energy guy off the bench though.
Honestly I don't see why he can't be as good if not better than Kendrick Perkins right now. Plumlee can do a lot of the same things that Perkins can and is also the better rebounder, shot blocker, and even offensive player than Perkins. For a guy as big and athletic as plumlee, he's never been a shot blocker till now. Since his senior season at Duke till now, its quite amazing how much better plumlee has gotten. Best case scenario he seems like he can be a double-double guy if given the chance
I agree with the first part, but then again I think that Perkins is ass.
Plumlee although a high jumper isn't a quick leaper. He's what I call a volleyball jumper who has to gather to explode. I think he's a better position defender than rim protector. I think if he went after more shots he'd be a foul machine.
He has gotten better though. I liked what I saw out of him in summer league. It made no sense for a guy with his strength and athleticism to play passively which he's done in the past. He's playing more aggressively now though.
If miles plumlee got the opportunity to start, what would be the best case scenario for him now and and the future?
If he started I still don't think he'd get starters' minutes. 20 mpg tops maybe.
I try to avoid best case scenarios since they almost always oversell a player's ability.
A realistic scenario could possibly be 6/6 and a block if he sees 20 mpg.
I could see Miles playing close to 20 mpg this year, especially if they trade Gortat for draft picks before the deadline ( I'd think it's a possibility since they have virtually no expectations and they drafted a C in the lotto this season ).
Miles is a hell of an offensive rebounder and has shown a knack of blocking shots. In 20 mpg, I think he could be grabbing 6 rebounds and blocking a shot and a half to go with whatever garbage buckets he can scavenge....probably to the tune of 4.5 ppg.
Indiana drafted him so high because he reminded them so much of Jeff Foster, and although he didn't do anything his rookie year, he looks improved and I could see him making a career of playing tough and putting up lines like 4.5 ppg 6 rpg and 1.5 bpg as a backup C or as a part of a tandom big man group.
Joewolf if plumlee got the chance to start this year or in the future, what kind of stats would he put up
Too bad the Pacers couldn't have kept Plumlee. I'd rather have him than Mahinmi.
I think he needs to focus on doing all the dirty work and little things, so he can be a nick collison type player. I think more players should model themselves off of nick collison. He was a scorer in college and when he got to the NBA he was the 8th option for his team. So he worked on all the little things like setting screens, guarding pick and role, boxing out, making the right pass, hitting a mid range jumper, being a good teammate. That has given him a ten year career doing that.
He was a very good rebounder in college. And shocking he has turned out be a very good rebounder in the NBA. He was 14.5 rebounds per 36 minutes last year, which a huge number on the offensive end. But he shot 29% TS%, which I think might have been league worst. So there is lots of work to do before he can function on the court. But the size is good and the hops are very good. (Volleyball leaper is a good way to put it, he needs a huge run up to really get his full jump. So he doesn't really sky often in the course of a basketball game.) So I think he will be a legit NBA player soon enough.