Plumlee had pretty good production in blocks, and CTG data shows that opponents had a much tougher time converting shots at the rim and collecting offensive rebounds when he was on the court. Opponents this season scored 1.4 points per possession less with Plumlee on the court vs. off, which is similar to the impact he had during his best seasons with the Suns and Bucks.
Plumlee is under contract for two more seasons and $25 million. His role for next season isn’t clear. Among the four main Hawks bigs this season, only John Collins seems certain to have a big role next season. Ersan Ilyasova is gone, and Dewayne Dedmon and Miles Plumlee have player options for 2018-19.
The Hawks could select bigs with one or more of the four draft picks they own and/or bring back Tyler Cavanaugh as a prospect. Plumlee may end up being the fifth Hawks big next season, but at least the Hawks have evidence that Plumlee’s 2016-17 season was an outlier and he can be a useful player if needed again.