Sep 30, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Miles Plumlee poses for a portrait during media day at US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Duke in the NBA: Miles Plumlee Breaks Out In Suns' Victory

Don’t worry, I won’t be shoving NBA articles down your throat every single day; there are way too many Blue Devils in the NBA and they play way too many games. When something particularly awesome happens, though, you can bet your ass I’ll be covering it.

Tonight, something particularly awesome happened.

Former Blue Devil Miles Plumlee, a 1st-round pick back in 2012, scored 18 points and collected 15 rebounds and 3 blocks in the Phoenix Suns’ 104-91 victory. By halftime, he already had a double-double (16 points, 10 rebounds). It was an unexpectedly spectacular performance for Plumlee, who was shipped off after one miserable season with the Indiana Pacers. To grasp just how unexpected it was, I direct your attention to this stat:

Yeah, it was a little surprising.

Coming into the NBA, there weren’t many people who thought too highly of Plumlee’s potential, and there probably still aren’t. He never really dominated at the college level, never averaging more than 6.6 points or 7.1 rebounds per game, but his athleticism and size made him an intriguing project.

During his rookie season, it was evident he wasn’t ready for the NBA level. Receiving just 55 total minutes of playing time, Plumlee ended the year with an 8.8 PER–which, hilariously enough, was higher than former teammate Austin Rivers–and averages of 0.9 points, 1.6 rebounds and 0.2 blocks per game.

It is far too early to make any sort of confident declaration, but he appears to be far more comfortable and prepared in his second year. He was decent enough in the preseason and, while you’d have to be crazy to expect him to become a nightly double-double candidate, he could morph into a neat little role player for the Suns.

And oh yeah. Brother Mason, who didn’t receive any playing time during the Brooklyn Nets’ close, 98-94 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, was pretty proud of his big brother:


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