Indiana Pacers: Is It Time to Give Miles Plumlee a Chance?

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIDecember 14, 2012

TARRYTOWN, NY - AUGUST 21:  Miles Plumlee #13 of the Indiana Pacers poses for a portrait during the 2012 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot at the MSG Training Center on August 21, 2012 in Tarrytown, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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The Indiana Pacers are not where they want to be at this point in the season.  A record of 11-11 just isn't up to expectations for a team that gave the Miami Heat problems in the playoffs last season.

While the defense is playing exceptionally well, allowing the second-fewest points per game in the NBA, the offense is just terrible.  The team is only averaging 91 points per game, making them the second-worst offense in the league.

Players like Paul George and David West have been scoring more than usual without the presence of Danny Granger, but the rest of the team hasn't been able to pick it up.  In particular, the bench has been the biggest weakness for the Pacers this year.

The bench for the Pacers has a lot of promising names, including Gerald Green, D.J. Augustin and Tyler Hansbrough.  Unfortunately, no one on the bench has been able to become a reliable scorer.  Green is averaging only 6.9 PPG, and is playing over 20 minutes per game. 

The bench is desperately in need of a new face, especially one that might be able to score some points.  The team needs to take a risk and bring in a face to get some solid playing time.

The player that would be the most logical would be Miles Plumlee.

The Pacers drafted Plumlee out of Duke with the 26th overall pick.  When the Pacers drafted him, players like Perry Jones III and Marquis Teague were still available.  However, the Pacers decided to take a chance and drafted Plumlee.

The Pacers have been too conservative with Plumlee, sending him to and from the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the Pacers' D-league team.  He has played in four games for the Pacers, playing a total of only 16 minutes.

It's time for the Pacers to make a decision on Plumlee.  If they wish to get some production from the bench, they need to take a risk.  Plumlee could potentially be a very valuable player for the Pacers.  He plays solid defense, and was also an efficient shooter at Duke.  In his final season at Duke, he shot an impressive 61 percent from the field.

It's time for the Pacers to take a chance on Plumlee.  If they don't, they could find themselves with poor bench play for the rest of the year.