But the expectations surrounding the four-year Mike Krzyzewski student weren’t all that high upon his selection; after all, he wasn’t picked until the Brooklyn Nets scooped him up with the 22nd pick of the night.
But after a rookie season that saw spare playing time turn into a significant role in Brooklyn’s rotation, Plumlee’s name is one that should be given major consideration for the Rookie of the Year award. In fact, there’s one factor that gives him an edge over any of the other premiere candidates. And it’s the most important one of all.
Many other rookies have put up more impressive numbers than Plumlee, such as Trey Burke, Victor Oladipo and the consensus pick to win the honor, Michael Carter-Williams.
But unlike these other three players, Plumlee has encountered success on a team that has had a winning season and will even compete in the playoffs. In addition to that, he has actually played a major role in Brooklyn’s winning ways over the last portion of the season, as injury had kept veteran Kevin Garnett out of the lineup over an extended period of time.
Through 67 games played, Plumlee has been good for 7.1 points and 4.2 rebounds. Those stats may not seem like much, but with a phenomenal field-goal percentage of 65.5 percent and an average of only 17.9 minutes per game, one could only imagine what his numbers would look like with more playing time.
However, in the end, the most important thing in this league is winning and there is no doubt that Plumlee has been a big factor in Brooklyn’s winning this season.
Which is why he should be seriously considered for the Rookie of the Year honor.