Plumlee playing for Duke in February 2011
|No. 22 – Phoenix Suns|
|Position||Center / Power forward|
September 1, 1988 |
Fort Wayne, Indiana
|Listed height||6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)|
|Listed weight||255 lb (116 kg)|
|High school||Christ School
(Arden, North Carolina)
|NBA draft||2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 26th overall|
|Selected by the Indiana Pacers|
|Pro playing career||2012–present|
|2012–2013||→Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League)|
|Career highlights and awards|
Miles Christian Plumlee (born September 1, 1988) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Phoenix Suns of the NBA. He played college basketball at Duke University and as a sophomore played in Duke's 2010 national championship winning team. He is the older brother of Brooklyn Nets player Mason Plumlee and former Duke teammate Marshall Plumlee.
Plumlee attended high school at Christ School in Arden, North Carolina, where he led the school to a 63–6 record as a junior and senior. During his high school career he was a two-time NCISAA 3A all-state team selection, an Asheville Citizen-Times All-Western North Carolina first team pick as a junior and senior. He also lettered in track as a senior and posted a school record high jump of 6’9’ showcasing his outstanding athletic abilities that he would become known for during his college basketball career.
Plumlee had originally committed to play at Stanford University for the 2008–09 season, but after Stanford coach Trent Johnson left for LSU and brother Mason had committed to play at Duke the following year, he chose to become a Blue Devil. After serving a limited role his freshman season, Plumlee earned the starting center position over senior Brian Zoubek at the beginning of the 2009–10 season before returning to a bench role later in the season. Plumlee finished the championship winning season averaging 16.4 minutes per game, 4.9 rebounds and 5.2 points per game. During the 2009–10 season Plumlee and brother Mason were often the first two players off the bench usually being brought in to games to replace Zoubek and Lance Thomas.
Miles played a similar role in his junior campaign to that of his sophomore, contributing solid offense and defense for the team in limited playing time. He finished the season averaging 17 minutes per game, 4.9 rebounds and 4.8 points. In his final season in 2011–12, Plumlee would again play the majority of the season off the bench while starting games every now and then. He went on to have his best season from a statistical view, grabbing the second most rebounds per game for the team with 7.1, behind brother Mason, as well as leading the team in field goal percentage, connecting on 61% of his shot attempts. In all Plumlee completed his four seasons at Duke having played 135 games for 654 rebounds and 650 points.
Plumlee was drafted by the Indiana Pacers with the 26th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. During the 2012–13 season, he had multiple assignments to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the Pacers' D-League affiliate team. He only played 55 minutes for the Pacers during the regular season and didn't play a single game for them in the playoffs.
On July 27, 2013, he was traded to the Phoenix Suns alongside Gerald Green and a 2014 lottery protected first round draft pick in exchange for Luis Scola. Plumlee ended up making his first official start in the NBA's regular season for the Suns as their starting center on October 30, 2013 against the Portland Trail Blazers. Plumlee would get his first double double as well by getting 16 points (which was more points that he scored than in his entire season with the Pacers) and 10 rebounds for the Suns in the first half alone for that game; he'd end the game with 18 points, 15 rebounds, and 3 blocks (which matched his total that he had with the Pacers) while playing close to 40 minutes with the team in a 104-91 victory. In addition, Plumlee became the first Suns player to get a double-double to start out his career with the Suns since Shawn Marion had 14 points and 14 rebounds to start his professional career back in 1999. Plumlee would then exceed his minutes played in an NBA season and the amount of rebounds he'd get in a season (22 in his last season) by the second game with 13 points, 13 rebounds, and 3 blocks with nearly 35 minutes of starting action in an 87-84 victory over the Utah Jazz.
Miles has three siblings, brothers Mason and Marshall and sister Madeleine. All three brothers have been involved in Duke's basketball program; Miles and younger brother Mason were the sixth pair of brothers to play at Duke at the same time. Mason was drafted at pick 22 in the 2013 NBA draft by the Brooklyn Nets. His sister Madeleine has committed to play volleyball at the University of Notre Dame.
His parents are Perky (a former Tennessee Tech basketball player) and Leslie (née Schultz) Plumlee (a former Purdue women's basketball player who set the school single-game rebound record with 25). The two met at a basketball camp during the summer of 1979. His grandfather Albert "Bud" Schultz played basketball at Michigan Tech (1944), his uncle William Schultz played basketball at Wisconsin-Eau Claire (1971–72), and another uncle, Chad Schultz played basketball at Wisconsin-Oshkosh (1983–86).
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