March 10, 2012; Atlanta, GA USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Miles Plumlee (21) shoots against Florida State Seminoles forward Bernard James (5) during the first half of the semi-finals of the 2012 ACC Men

Miles Plumlee Going to the Indiana Pacers

With the 26th pick of the NBA Draft, the Indiana Pacers select Miles Plumlee.

“Purely from a physical standpoint, Plumlee looks the part of a NBA big man, measured just a hair under seven feet in shoes with a 7’0 wingspan and an outstanding frame. He bulked up to 247-pounds with allegedly only 5% body fat between his junior and senior seasons. While he’s a bit mechanical in his movements, he’s a very good athlete for his size–mobile, explosive around the basket, and runs the floor well.

Though he had the reputation of playing facing the basket in high school, Plumlee struggled to develop his offensive game and never turned into a legitimate scoring option at Duke. He averaged a pedestrian 6.6 points per game,a similarly mediocre 12.5 per 40 minutes pace adjusted, while claiming just 8.6% of Duke’s offensive possessions. He did, however, shoot a career high 61% from the field, being very efficient in the limited role he played offensively.

Plumlee is still very raw around the basket, at his best catching and finishing. Though his footwork is underdeveloped, he looked comfortable executing a few basic-spin and up-and-under moves with his back to the basket and with his right hand. It’s not looking very likely that Plumlee will ever develop into a reliable back-to-the-basket threat, however, especially considering his rawness as a senior and his general lack of development up to this point.”


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