Plumlee had six points (3-7 FG), nine rebounds, two assists, and one block in 19 minutes during Friday's 98-93 preseason victory over the Bulls.
The Nuggets ran what is going to be close to their regular season rotation Friday, with Plumlee picking up 19 minutes off the bench. A healthy Paul Millsap and the continuing growth of both Trey Lyles and Juancho Hernangomez is almost certain to hurt the value of Plumlee. While he will almost certainly have the odd good game, his value lies in deeper formats at this stage.
Plumlee had 23 points (11-11 FG, 1-4 FT), and two rebounds in 18 minutes during Tuesday's 113-111 preseason victory over the Lakers.
Plumlee hit all 11 of his field-goal attempts Tuesday, en-route to a game-high 23 points. Scoring aside, he collected just two rebounds to go with zero other stats. This scoring outburst should likely be seen as more of an outlier and despite having the ability to put up standard league value, he will simply not see enough court time to bring that potential into reality.
Plumlee (abdominal) has made a full recovery and is cleared for the start of training camp, Harrison Wind of BSN Denver reports.
Plumlee underwent core muscle surgery back in April, but he expectation was that he'd be ready to go in time for training camp. That's now been confirmed, so look for the big man to be a full go ahead of the team's upcoming preseason slate. With both Nikola Jokic and Paul Millsap locked into starting roles at center and power forward, respectively, Plumlee will once again have to settle for a complementary role off the bench. Plumlee averaged 7.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks across 19.5 minutes last season and he's likely looking at a similar role ahead of the upcoming campaign.
Plumlee recently underwent successful surgery to repair a core muscle injury, but is expected to be fully recovered in time for training camp, Nick Kosmider of The Athletic reports.
Plumlee apparently played through the injury during the latter portion of the regular season and will now address it permanently by undergoing surgery. However, it doesn't sound like the procedure was anything overly serious and as long as his rehab goes as planned, Plumlee should be good to go for the start of training camp. Look for additional updates to be provided over the summer once Plumlee is taking part in basketball activities, though even if he's at full strength to start the year, he'll once again be slotted into a reserve role behind Nikola Jokic at center.
Plumlee recorded 7.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists over 74 games with Denver during the 2017-18 season.
Plumlee's minutes-per-game average was down considerably from last season as figured because the Nuggets roster included the names of Paul Milsap and Nikola Jokic. In addition, the former Duke standout's decreasing minutes were a reason why his points, rebounds, assists and steals totals all declined from the last three seasons. Plumlee will be making around $13 million next season in which would be the second year of his three-year, $41 million contract with the Nuggets.
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