The Suns have a new post player who played in the Atlantic Coast Conference moves very well up and down the floor and has been something of a training-camp revelation. Meet Miles Plumlee. While first-round draft choice Alex Len still checks in as the franchise future at center Plumlee -- acquired along with Gerald Green and another coveted first-round draft pick in a summer deal that sent Luis Scola to the Indiana Pacers -- already is making a case for heavy rotation minutes. Although many observers dismissed Plumlee as a transaction throw-in Suns coach Jeff Hornacek had a different perspective. "I think Ryan (general manager McDonough) and I thought we got a steal with him" Hornacek said "especially with the kind of game we play … pick and roll … he's very athletic. "That's showed in the scrimmage and a lot of the practices." In last Saturday's intrasquad battle the 2013 first-round pick of the Pacers looked right at home with the Suns producing 15 points and eight rebounds. In Monday's exhibition clouting of Maccabi Haifa Plumlee gave the Suns seven points (making all three of his shots from the field) five rebounds and one block in 14 minutes. Playing behind Roy Hibbert and power forward David West at Indy the 6-foot-11 255-pound Plumlee worked only 55 minutes across 14 games in his first pro season after four years at Duke. Widely considered little more than the second best of three basketball-playing Plumlee brothers (middle brother Mason was a first-round pick of the Brooklyn Nets in June) at the time of the trade the athletic Miles has a shot at becoming a factor here.
Plumlee making case for heavy minutes with Suns
Fox Sports Arizona | Oct 11