When the Pacers first drafted Plumlee, I was surprised. Bird and Pacer management then said he would be similar to Jeff Foster. I was not real familiar with Plumlee, so I trusted Pacer management and felt better about the pick.
As the season has progressed, my confidence in Plumee has dropped considerably until last night. You may ask "what happened last night to encourage me? Plumlee only played a few minutes and was like 0-3 from the floor." It is something Quinn Buckner said. He said that Foster didn't play much his rookie season either. That got me thinking, so I looked up the stats and compared them.
Here is what I found:
Foster played 19 games, averaged 4.5 minutes per game. He shot 56% from the floor, 75% from the line and averaged 2.3 points, 1.7 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.1 blocks and 0.1 turnovers.
Plumlee up to this point has played 11 games and averages 3.7 minutes per game. He is shooting 13% from the floor, 75% from the line and is averaging 0.6 points, 1.5 rebounds, 0.2 assists, 0.0 steals, 0.2 blocks and 0.2 turnovers.
I know the 13% shooting sucks, but the other stats are comparable. Maybe Plumlee CAN become a player similar to Foster.