With the Phoenix Suns’ season over, it’s time to take a fond look back on the 2013-14 season and examine how everyone performed. As the Suns became just the fourth team in NBA history to win 48 games and miss the playoffs, there’s plenty of optimism to be had for this young team’s future. So far we’ve covered Archie Goodwin‘s first NBA season and Shavlik Randolph‘s short time with the Suns, but today we take a look at the potential of Miles Plumlee.
In just his first season with Phoenix and his second in the NBA, Plumlee arrived as a legitimate NBA player. With Marcin Gortat shipped off to the Washington Wizards in the offseason and rookie Alex Len still recovering from injuries, Plumlee was immediately thrust into the starting lineup in the Suns’ first game of the season. His response to the opportunity? Eighteen points, 15 rebounds and three blocks while going 8-of-14 from the field.
As a starter in 79 games, Plumlee displayed a ton of promise as a regular double-double threat. In the course of one full season, he got off to a blistering hot start, cooled off as the season progressed, remained a nightly X-factor on both ends of the floor and garnered an annoying “Plumdog” nickname that pretty much everyone except for Phoenix Suns fans loved. Plumlee’s offensive game didn’t blow anyone out of the water and he’s still a little raw around the edges, but his stunning athleticism screams potential and Jeff Hornacek will certainly know how to better harness it with another year under his belt. With Len also still needing a ton of polish on his game, Plumlee figures to be an integral part of Phoenix’s roster for the next few seasons.