Miles Plumlee‘s NBA career received another life when the Indiana Pacers shipped him off to the Phoenix Suns during the offseason. His career was going nowhere, although Plumlee never put up overpowering stats with the Duke Blue Devils to rank highly as an NBA prospect. Simply being drafted No. 25 overall in 2012 on a pro team was a victory of sorts for Plumlee.
But at 6-foot-11, 255 pounds, Plumlee has the physical build teams like for their defenses. Plumlee only saw action in 14 games, and saw less than four minutes on average with the Pacers last year. He never offered much in the scoring area, but gave some indication that he could continue to be a strong rebounder, as he was at Duke.
In some respects, Plumlee was a throw-in in a trade between the Pacers and Suns.
Plumlee didn’t have a chance to get much playing time with a very talented Pacers front court. The Suns are trying to bolster their front court, and Plumlee might have come in the nick of time. Alex Len is coming off surgeries, and the Suns might use Plumlee to help Len come along slowly and avoid too much playing time in the early stages of this season.
If he improves defensively and continues to box out with the toughest players in the NBA, the Suns will offer him more playing time.
It isn’t likely that Plumlee will get a lot of minutes with the Suns, but they need to see what he’s got. He could wind up being a key rebounder in the clutch when Phoenix needs him.