Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/26/13
After trading Marcin Gortat to Washington for an injured, expiring Emeka Okafor, it's clear that the Phoenix Suns new starting center is Miles Plumlee. Yes, that Miles Plumlee who never played more than 21 minutes per game in college and logged a total of 55 minutes in his rookie season a year ago. The inclusion of Indiana's lottery-protected first round draft pick was the main selling point when the rebuilding Suns sent their second leading scorer, Luis Scola, packing to the Pacers back in July. Of course, Gerald Green had to be included, too, for salary-matching purposes. And then there was 25 year old, 6'11" Miles Plumlee: a player who was labeled as everything from a throw-in to an afterthought in the transaction. But Plumlee used distinctly different words when describing his move to the desert. "I looked at it more as a promotion because I'll get more of a chance to play," said Plumlee. And play he will. After Marcin Gortat was traded to Washington on October 25, and while Channing Frye and Alex Len build up their stamina for long minutes, the Suns resident pogo stick and Energizer bunny will play a lot. In fact, it's possible that Plumlee will exceed last season's action by the fourth quarter of Bright Side Community Night - game two of the season, Friday, November 1. That is, if he can stay out of foul trouble. After his first season with the Pacers, Plumlee's palpable hunger for playing time is understandable. Indiana turned some heads when it made Plumlee the No. 26 overall selection in the 2012 draft. In four years at Duke, Plumlee never averaged more than 21 minutes in a single year and his best scoring season came out to 6.6 points per game. The Pacers believed in him but didn't reciprocate with a rotational role. Plumlee only saw 55 minutes in his rookie season and was instead sent up and down from the Developmental League six times.
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