Pleiss recorded three minutes in Utah's win over Denver on Thursday. Pleiss' presence on the court is obvious; his massive 7-foot-3 frame should allow him ample opportunities for blocks and rebounds as emerging center Rudy Gobert's backup. However, the 25-year-old German is still an NBA rookie, and it will most likely take some time before he finds his groove. Power forwards Derrick Favors and Trevor Booker both have the ability to move to the five position, which will make it difficult for Pleiss to see heavy minutes. Still, don't be surprised if he moves into a larger role as the season goes on.
Pleiss saw 10 minutes off the bench during Wednesday's preseason tilt against the Lakers in Hawaii. Pleiss is in line for a role off the bench behind Rudy Gobert this coming season after signing a multi-year deal with the Jazz in the offseason. As a result, he'll likely begin the season on the waiver wire in the majority of standard leagues.
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