Brandon Knight and Michael Carter-Williams will likely continue to share the majority of the spotlight of Thursday's deadline shocker, but the Milwaukee Bucks did receive a few other pieces in the deal. Because we here at Brew Hoop care about you, we decided it would be a best to take a brief look at Miles Plumlee and Tyler Ennis.
"Plumlee, 26, is in his third season in the NBA and second with the Suns. Originally selected with the 26th overall pick by Indiana in the 2012, Plumlee appeared in just 14 games for the Pacers before being dealt to Phoenix during the 2013 offseason. The Duke product emerged as Phoenix’s starting center last season, starting 79 games and averaging 8.1 points and 7.8 rebounds while shooting 51.7 percent from the field. For his career, Plumlee has appeared in 148 games (107 starts) and averaged 6.0 points and 6.2 rebounds on 51.8 percent shooting."
For an insight into Plumlee's game, I reached out to Sean Sullivan from Bright Side of the Sun. He was kind enough to provide us with the following.
Strengths: Plumlee is a very athletic center who excells in defense as a shot blocker and a rim protector. He has struggled at times defending post-ups, but has shown vast improvement in this area recently, which was one of the reason many fans didn't think the Suns should trade him, even with the emergence of Alex Len. Another strength of Plumlee is his ability to run the floor, and his transition scoring off of dunks and lobs. He also shows some promise as a P&R finisher at the rim, though the Suns guards were seldom able to use him in this role (they would rather do the scoring themselves).
Weaknesses: Plumlee's biggest weakness is his offense. Anything beyond catching lobs at the rim is not good right now. We in Phoenix have come to dread the Plumlee Hook-Shot, and for some reason, he seems to love catching the ball and keeping it in order to attempt it, rather than passing it back out to an open shooter on the perimeter. He is also not a great rebounder, and will almost never box out. However, his lack of rebounding can also be attributed to his active shot blocking and shot altering, so that he isn't in position to grab the ball when the player misses.
Overall, I think Plumlee is a very solid back-up center, and could at least be a solid starting center in the right system, as he was in Phoenix for one and a half seasons. You just have to be patient with him...He's still learning.
To go with Sean's scouting report, check out these highlights from last season.
Plumlee also has a few Wisconsin ties, so he's basically #oneofus already.
Reminder that Plumlee has family ties in Wisconsin. Mom won state championship with Neenah HS. Uncles played at UW-Eau Claire & UW-Oshkosh.— Jon Hartzell (@hartzellNBA) February 19, 2015
From the release:
"Ennis, 20, has appeared in eight games this season as a rookie for the Suns, averaging 2.8 points and 1.8 assists in 7.3 minutes per contest. The former Syracuse guard has also appeared in nine games for the Bakersfield Jam, the NBA D-League affiliate of the Suns, and posted 18.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.8 steals per contest. Ennis was selected by Phoenix with the 18th overall pick in last summer’s NBA Draft."
"I wish I had more to say about Ennis based on his time in Phoenix, but as a rookie on a team with three point guards ahead of him, he rarely ever saw the floor. What I can tell you is that Ennis is a true point-guard.
Unlike the other guards in Phoenix, Ennis is a traditional, passing guard who looks to set up his teammates first, and score second. In college, Ennis was known for his clutch shooting at the end of games, and got some big wins for Syracuse. He also has a high b-ball I.Q. and seems to have wisdom beyond his years...at least as a player.
As for his weaknesses, he isn't very fast or athletic, though he certainly has enough of both to make it in the NBA. He isn't a flashy player, but he gets the job done. I was very excited about Tyler's future, and looked forward to seeing him develop in Phoenix. Sadly, that won't happen now, but I hope he has a chance to do so on the Bucks. We'll be rooting for him!"
Plumlee and Ennis will probably slide into bench roles and should provide some much needed depth and versatility for an injury-riddled Bucks squad. It will take some time for them--and Michael Carter-Williams--to get adjusted, but it should be fun watching these three develop. Onward!