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Orlando Summer League: Plumlee, Sullinger with strong showings on Day 3

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The summer league is a chance for incoming rookies to show that they belong in the ultra-competitive NBA and two such incoming rookies from the high-profile 2012 draft class are doing their utmost to prove that worth in the first week of summer ball at the Orlando Summer League this year.

Former Duke power forward Miles Plumlee and Ohio State power forward Jared Sullinger laced them up early Wednesday afternoon in Day 3 of summer league action from downtown Orlando, Florida and although Sullinger’s Celtics would go on to win 85-77, the two physical big men both walked away with strong showings sure to delight their respective NBA clubs and fanbases.

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Sullinger used his 6-foot-9 inch, 280-pound frame to carve up the Pacers defense inside to the tune of 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the floor while hauling down eight rebounds and adding two blocked shots in a winning effort against the Pacers Wednesday.

After realistic concerns regarding a reported bulging disk in his back forced him to go 21st in the draft, Sullinger continued to silence those seemingly premature dismissals with yet another solid summer league performance.

Three games in and the bruising power forward out of Ohio State University is averaging 14.7 points, 8.7 rebounds and a block per game in 28.3 minutes of action per contest.

Plumlee, not known at Duke for much more than defense and the occasional highlight dunk, looks to be exceeding expectations early in Orlando capitalizing his surprising ascension at these summer league games with an 18-point, 8-rebound, 3-block performance in a loss to the Celtics on Wednesday.

Showcasing a noticeable ability to run the court and finish over defenders in traffic, Plumlee has been a bright spot for the Pacers thus far.

Selected with the 26th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, the 7-0, 252-pound athletic big man is averaging 13.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks through three games down in Orlando while shooting a respectable 72.2% from the free throw line.

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He has also used this summer league showcase as an opportunity to display a more versatile set of skills not seen, but in practices, at Duke.

Plumlee’s name being called so early by the Pacers on draft night was a sure surprise to many, but after watching his work through the first few games in Orlando, fans may be starting to see why the Pacers’ brass coveted him so highly.

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