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It is, and that is why he got drafted by us. He has what it takes to play in the NBA. He has great athleticism and he is a hard worker. He's a much better and bigger Lou Amundson.
A lot of times when you hear about someone's game being better suited for the NBA, they're talking about a great young athlete with potential. Failing to impress in 4 years at Duke hardly makes me confident in his pro potential.
Plumlee reminds me of Josh Harrellson. Anyone else see this comparison? I wanted to pick up Harrellson last year, but the knicks nabbed him, so if we have anything close we are good.
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He has the physical tools, athleticism. He seems intelligent. I question his confidence/assertiveness/consistency... but we'll see. As always, I'll give a guy a chance.
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I hope so cause he wasn't that good in college.
Josh Harrellson was similar, statistically speaking, but a little better in his last college year: 7.6 ppg, 8.7 rpg his final year, then the 45th pick of the draft. Josh has three point range, however.
He is a very good comparable, though. #45 seems to be a good area for players like that.
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I wasn't happy with the pick (Plumlee), in fact, I threw a pillow across the room when Stern announced the pick. I was much happier with the 2nd pick (Orlando Johnson), as I see far more potential there than in Plumlee. Having said that, and being a huge Purdue fan, I seem to remember a rather timid and not-so-aggressive big man in Brad Miller who interestingly enough was undrafted coming out of Purdue. He seemed to turn out to be a pretty darn good center and he was a starter. We aren't asking Plumlee to come in and be our starter, we are asking him to be our backup big man. I don't see him taking any minutes away from Hibbert (assuming we re-sign him - PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS HOLY RE-SIGN HIM!!), but I do see him being a decent back-up in terms of rebounding and interior defense (something he needs to work on). He isn't going to do a lot of damage offensively, but he is athletic and with the proper instruction, has the potential to fit quite nicely seeing how athletic he is.
All-in-all, we could have taken a chance on a much more talented and skilled player, but he fit a need the P's have and I have to trust Larry on this pick. Time will tell, but I'm not as down on Plumlee today as I was last night.
To the other poster, Brad Miller had much better numbers as a senior: 17 ppg, 9 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.6 bpg, 63% fg, 78% ft ... although his vert was more like 4 inches probably.
.... Oh jeez.
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You describe exactly what I think of Josh McRoberts. Still don't understand why he can't put it all together? Is it his work ethic? I think it's a lack of confidence thing more than anything. He seems happy just to be in the NBA. You can't approach it that way.
Mcroberts can't score outside of a dunk. That's a problem if youre going to be a finesse big man in the NBA.
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Plumlee is a "hustle" player in the same vein as Foster/McBob/Hansbrough/Amundson. So that's pretty much the most I expect from him, which would make him at least serviceable. He'll be the cheap replacement for Lou, but I would have preferred to just bring back Fez, honestly.
His movements are very mechanical, particularly in the post. His awkwardness kind of reminds me of Tyler in that way.
I'd like us to bring back Fes as well.