Glad BRush made it back. Always liked him.
Tyler Hansbrough assist watch: 98 minutes played, 0 assists.
Playing pretty well otherwise it seems though.
Tyler 23/7- 2 Stl
J Jack 20/4/5- 3 Stl, 3 Blk
Sounds like Augustin is continuing down the path known as playing himself out of this league.
Miles Plumlee: 8 points (4/9 shooting), 12 rebounds, 5 blocks and 1 steal.
Gerald Green: 15 points (6/12 shooting, 1/5 from 3, 2/2 FTs), 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal.
Both ex-Pacers came up with key plays in the last 5 minutes of the game. Miles had 3 of his 5 blocks down the stretch while Gerald hit a 3, made a sweet pass and hit the FTs that iced the game.
The Suns are looking impressive early on. Hornacek seems like a coach that he can motivate his players and they are playing with passion. Fun team to watch
I don't think Green is nearly as bad as he seemed here, he's just the type of player that needs to play in an up tempo offense, while being set up by other players. He's looked consistently good on the suns this far.
Have we taken the time to laugh at all the people who wanted Fab Melo so badly after Bird drafted Plumlee yet? I hope I didn't miss out.
He's mainly been a jump shooter for them though. He's been the beneficiary of a lot of drive and kick ball, and quality transition looks, which though they may go down as spot up jumpers like the looks he got last year, they come in an entirely different rhythm. Frankly the main difference between then and now is that he's hitting his shots and his jumper no longer looks as broken as it did last year, seems more like NJ Green. The better system fit is definitely helping though.
Plumlee's been really impressive as well, awesome on the glass, solid hands, finishes well, and has even shown the ability to create a bit for himself and hit an open mid range jumper. The quicker pace and drive and dish play style definitely seems to suit him better as well.
A Gerald Green fan who now finds himself rooting for the Suns.
I definitely thought Plumlee's stats at the beginning of the season were a major fluke, but I have to give him some major props for keeping it up. I never would have dreamed he could play like this and was completely wrong about him. He wouldn't be getting this opportunity on the Pacers this year, so I'm glad for his sake that he is in an environment where he can thrive. Good for him.
The Pacers developed Miles. All you've got to do is watch him try Roy's hook and the way he defends the rim to realize that.
Which might be another thread topic, about how great the Pacers are about developing talent. Roy/PG/Lance/Miles/OJ. The list just keeps getting longer and longer.
EDIT: PHX was even surprised about how well Miles looked when he came to their camp.
http://arizonasports.com/41/1672038/...sing-preseasonseven games this preseason, spanning 130 minutes, Plumlee managed 32 rebounds, second only to Marcin Gortat and Markieff Morris, and eight blocks, which trailed only Gortat among Suns players.
"Miles has been terrific," Babby said. "You know, rebounding the ball, blocking shots, running the floor. I think that he was a very pleasant surprise."
Babby later explained how general manager Ryan McDonough targeted Plumlee, who spent his rookie season with the Indiana Pacers, as a player who would fit the team's needs.
"Ryan saw it in summer league," Babby said of McDonough's trip to Orlando to scout.
Summer league with the Pacers.
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“Just because you're offended, doesn't mean you're right.” ― Ricky Gervais.
What if someone from a school of business or management school were to ask, How did you do this? How did you get the Pacers turned around? Is there a general approach you've taken that can be summarized?
Larry Bird: Yeah, patience.
As for Miles, I'm pretty impressed. Just going from a player who can't even get consistent garbage time to a really solid starting center is really impressive. Just a win-win trade for us and the Suns, following up from a win-win trade with the Spurs from several years back.