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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Duke PF/C Miles Plumlee

06.16.12 at 7:55 pm ET

As part of’s coverage of the 2012 NBA draft, we are profiling all players considered likely candidates to be drafted June 28. The Celtics own three picks: 21, 22 (from the Thunder in the Kendrick Perkins trade) and 51.


Position: Power forward/center

School: Duke

Age: 23

Height: 7 feet

Weight: 252 pounds

Achievements: 2011 All-ACC Tournament second team

Key 2011-12 stats: 6.6 points, 7.1 rebounds, 61.0 FG%, 20.5 minutes

What he brings: Plumlee is a strong, physical forward who is physically ready for the NBA. The athleticism he has for his size is impressive. He can run the floor well and works extremely hard. He also became a stronger rebounder in his senior season. Defensively, Plumlee improved in his senior campaign as well, showing increased strength combined with his already impressive lateral quickness.

While his size is attractive to NBA scouts, he is very raw offensively and has had a hard time finding any consistency in his game. His numbers are not that impressive, though his senior season was by far his best. He is looked at more as a big body and a project than a player that can come in and have any type of an immediate impact on an NBA game.

Plumlee’s tenacity and supreme work effort is a desired trait by NBA scouts. Doc Rivers would love a guy who can mimic the same intensity Kevin Garnett does. Plumlee, however, needs a lot of coaching in order to become a consistent NBA player.

Where the Celtics could get him: Plumlee is expected to go in the mid-to-late second round, although his strong pre-draft workouts might boost his stock. The C’s would need to be convinced he shows enough promise to be an upgrade over Greg Stiemsma or Ryan Hollins.

Notes: Plumlee teamed with his two younger brothers at Duke: Mason Plumlee, who is a year behind Miles, and Marshall Plumlee, who is a rising sophomore. The two older Plumlees played on Duke’s 2010 national championship team. … Plumlee reportedly recorded a 41-inch vertical leap at a pre-draft workout, placing him in elite company for big men.

Recent articles: Miles Plumlee realizes ‘you’ve got to make the most of it’

The Herald-Sun (Durham, N.C.): Miles Plumlee, Duke’s lone senior, is intent on closing strong

Video: Here’s Plumlee going through a pre-draft workout in Chicago.

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