Miles Plumlee was one of many new faces on the Hawks this past season. He was acquired in the Dwight Howard trade with the Charlotte Hornets. While he obviously didn’t play the minutes he wanted this season, he still had some positives to take away from this season.
Plumlee shot the ball at the second-best rate of his career this season connecting on 58.3% of his shots this season. Plumlee also started the second most games of his career, 35, while being injured for about a quarter of the season.
Plumlee really struggled to get playing time during the first two months of the season. After a grueling stretch of starting, Bud once again primarily glued him to the bench. He even struggled to get big minutes at the end of the season. The reason why is that he really isn’t what someone would call a threat from the outside or even the mid-range. If you look at the Hawks other bigs, Mike Muscala, Dewayne Dedmond, Ersan Ilyasova(was waived), Tyler Cavanaugh, and John Collins, they all have the ability to stretch the floor.
One bright thing for Plumlee is his size, he is an athletic big. He had some nice dunks this season that got the fans on their feet, but still that will not be enough to earn playing time.
In order to see the floor more next season, Plumlee will need to develop some sort of mid-range shot. Also, he will need to improve on his 45% free throw shooting which made him nearly impossible to play down the stretch of games.
Plumlee has 2 years left on his 4yr/$50 Million($12.5 million yearly) deal he signed back in 2016.
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