From the looks of my twitter feed, Mile Plumlee has been a bright spot through two games of summer league action.
Solomon Hill led Pacers scorers with 22 points. @MilesPlumlee13 had a double-double of 16 points and 15 rebounds.
— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) July 8, 2013
Miles Plumlee ties SL record with 15 rebounds. Was heard to shoot “Shut up haters” as he left court. Or maybe not.
— Mark Montieth (@MarkMontieth) July 8, 2013
Pacers F/C Miles Plumlee just tied the Orlando Summer League record for rebounds in a game at 15. Earl Barron was the other player in 2006.
— NBA All Access (@NBA_All_Access) July 8, 2013
Two good games from a guy that I’ve been very vocal about on here. I really do want to see him do something for the Indiana Pacers, hence the harsh criticism. It’s harsh because there’s not been much to see of Plumlee, so there’s not much to take on him. Now this season with the loss of Tyler Hansbrough and Jeff Pendergraph, who’s heading to San Antonio, Plumlee bumps up a roster spot, and could get extra time when Chris Copeland and David West need that breather.
That’s the perfect time for Plumlee to show that he’s worth the time and effort of his draft status. He was a late draft pick, but still a first round. Those are guys that should come in and be productive for the team. Even in limited action. I feel like Orlando Johnson, who was the second rounder, showed that he has something about him. Now it’s time for Plumlee to step into his role as well.
The Pacers have been good about draft picks recently, so I want them to be right about Plumlee. He’ll need to continue to refine his game in this summer league, and see what translates to the regular season action. There could be that role he needs to fill, and we’ll see if he can step into it.