This is my first post... Let me know what you think!
Melo, Leonard, Zeller... Plumlee? No, I'm not crazy, this is a legitimate option. He is big, he is athletic, he is coordinated, he can defend, and he can make layups. That's right, I just said big, coordinated, and athletic in the same sentence. While SOMEWHAT similar to Ian in some aspects, those who have watched him play at Duke know Plumlee has a better overall feel for the game and is a better, smoother athlete. His rebounding instincts are better (as seen by the amount of putback-throwdowns he had) and his offensive game, while nothing to write home about, is light-years ahead of Brendan Haywood's. Let me emphasize this: he is not going to be a star. But he IS an improved version of a blend of the TWO centers we currently have on our roster (Brandan Wright is a boss of a power forward, but not a center. End of story.). He can rebound and play D like Haywood, but he can score like Ian did at the beginning of the season. Add to this his excellent athleticism, and we have ourselves an improved front court. Oh, and as an added bonus, NO MORE HAY-HOOKS!!! Anyone else remember those occasional but unforgettably bad moments when Haywood would end up with the ball in his hands, back to the basket, 5 feet from the hoop? Yeah, no more of those. Plumlee at least looks like he's shot a basketball before when he gets caught in these situations, and he WILL finish when if gets the opportunity.
For those of you who still think I am crazy, just let me say this: you are probably right. But to those of you who think I am crazy for thinking Miles Plumlee is a legit improvement over the TWO centers on our roster, here are some links for ya:
Here we see the post-up ability: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMuHtJyNfUY
Yes, this isn't a game situation, but we see the shooting ability: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfHjNGSHM-o
And here is Haywood's post-up of the year: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gK8TI0afVNc