Jan 27, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Phoenix Suns center Miles Plumlee (22) during the first quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Suns defeated the Sixers 124-113. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Phoenix Suns Player Profile: Miles Plumlee

Apr 2, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns center Miles Plumlee (22) and Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) battle for the ball during the third quarter at US Airways Center. The Clippers won 112-108. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

Apr 2, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns center Miles Plumlee (22) and Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) battle for the ball during the third quarter at US Airways Center. The Clippers won 112-108. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

Stats:| 24.6 MPG | 8.1 PPG | 7.8 RPG |1.2 APG | 1.1 BPG | 0.6 SPG | .517FG%| .561 FT% |

Miles Plumlee was acquired in a trade this offseason from the Indiana Pacers that sent Luis Scola to the Pacers and Plumlee and Gerald Green to the Suns. Plumlee only played 55 minutes and none during the playoffs as a rookie for the Pacers during the 2012-2013 season. Plumlee bounced around from the NBA to the D-League last year as the Pacers were trying to integrate him into their system.

Season Arc

Plumlee started his first game with the Suns in impressive fashion after he recorded the first double-double of his career with 18 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks against the Portland Trailblazers on October 30. He was the first Sun in 15 years to start their first professional game with a double-double since Shawn Marion accomplished that feat in 1999. He had another double-double- in the next game with 13 points and 13 rebounds against the Utah Jazz. Plumlee had a solid first half to the season, making his defensive and offensive mark on the season for the Suns. The issues began for Plumlee after the all0-star break where Plumlee started seeing defenses specifically look to take him out of his game. Pre All-Star game Plumlee was averaging 9.3 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game. Plumlee’s stats definitely slipped after the All-Star break when he was only averaging 6 points, 6.6 rebounds and .6 blocks per game. Hopefully Plumlee can adjust and get his game back on track next season.

Best Game

Plumlee’s best game this season came December 28th against the terrible Philadelphia 76ers. Plumlee had 22 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks in a route of the Sixers. Plumlee didn’t have big point games this season but was a solid contributor on the offensive side of the ball.

Strengths 

Miles Plumlee was integral to establishing the inside game for the Suns early on in the season. His hot start at the onset of the season made teams have to adjust to his presence in the paint. He averaged close to a double-double in the first two months of the season and made a name for himself right away. He will need to work on making it through a full 82-game season if he wants to prove he can hang with the players in the West.

Development

Plumlee made improvements from his rookie season with the Pacers last year where he only played a total of 55 minutes and no playoffs to a season where he only missed two games of the full 82 games this season. He went from a 7-point per game average to this season where he finished with an 8.1-point average.

Weaknesses 

Plumlee needs to learn how to play a full 82-game schedule. Possibly due to inexperience Plumlee was unable to adjust to how defenses played him after the first half of the season where he saw a big drop in production and was unable to regain the efficiency he had at the beginning of the season.

Future with the team

Plumlee’s club option for 2014-15 was picked up by the Suns and will be a part of whatever plans Suns management has for its team going into the next couple years of rebuilding. Plumlee certainly has the potential to be a big contributor if he can make adjustments to his game.

 

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