So I have been following all of the Mad Ant games where Plumlee or Johnson have made appearances, and have been very pleased with both during their time there and am very happy Indiana is finally utilizing this tool. I have really liked what I have seen from Miles Plumlee in these games for the most part with the exception of his shot blocking skills. He seems to have terrible timing on his blocks and is often thrown out of position quite often on any head fakes and is frequently jumping too late or too early when trying to protect the rim, which is unfortunate because with this size and leaping ability I was really hoping this would be a strength in his game.
So my question is do you guys think that his timing and shot block instincts can be developed from good coaching and playing behind two very good defensive bigs in Hibbert and Mahimi, or do you think that shot block timing is one of those natural talents where you either have it or you don't? It seems for the most part that shot blocking and it's timing is more of a natural instinct you don't necessarily see that many shot blockers blossom as their careers progress, but I am curious what others think. And if you can develop good shot blocking skills it seems like Indiana is a good spot to do it when you are playing behing Hibbert and Mahimi especially with the raw ability Plumlee possesses in his size and vertical to be good at this skill. So curious on your guys thoughts, thanks.