Dec 10, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Wesley Johnson (11) is defended by Phoenix Suns forward Channing Frye (8) and center Miles Plumlee (22) at Staples Center. The Suns defeated the Lakers 114-108. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Where Does Miles Plumlee Rank in the NBA at the Center Position?


Taken by the Indiana Pacers toward the end of the first round of the 2012 NBA draft, Plumlee entered the NBA inconspicuously.

Interviews had been done and stories had been written about the family of basketball players with now all three sons going to Duke and all being NBA caliber players. This was difficult to see with Miles, the eldest son who is now 25, because he barely played with the elite Pacers. He only appeared in 14 games and played a whopping 55 minutes in his whole rookie year. However, when he came to the Suns in the Luis Scola trade everything changed. He got the chance to start right away with Gortat gone.

But where would Plumlee rank among other NBA centers currently in the league?

Miles ranks tied for 16 in points per game at 9.5, but that doesn’t tell the entire story. He only gets to play 28.1 minutes per game which is less than all the players ahead of him (except Toronto’s Jonas Valanciunas who is tied with Miles in minutes per game). The Suns just don’t need to run Plumlee into the ground minutes-wise with Markieff Morris playing center with the second unit.

Plumlee is 12th in field goal percentage among centers at .509 percent. He is also THIRD in blocks per game at 1.81, only behind Roy Hibbert and DeAndre Jordan. Miles is also 10th in rebounding among centers with 8.7 per game.

So where would he rank? (each tier is in no particular order)

Upper Echelon of Centers:

  • Roy Hibbert
  • Brook Lopez (when healthy)
  • Marc Gasol (when healthy)
  • Dwight Howard
  • Al Horford
  • DeMarcus Cousins
  • Chris Bosh (not really a center, but I’ll count him anyway, since he plays the position)

Second Tier of Centers:

  • Jokiam Noah
  • DeAndre Jordan
  • Miles Plumlee
  • Andrew Bout
  • Nikola Pekovic
  • Andre Drummond

And so on from there.

Miles Plumlee is about the 12th best center in the NBA and the Suns are really get a bargain since he is paid WAY less than all the players ahead of him. Plumlee’s salary for this year is just more than one million dollars.

To compare, Roy Hibbert’s contract has him making more than $14 million this season.

The Suns are really getting an overachieving player!

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