Miles Plumlee: 'I'm used to earning my place on the team'

Plumlee: 'I'm used to earning my spot'
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Phoenix Suns center and power forward Miles Plumlee says that he is used to having to work for his place on the team.

Miles Plumlee has said that he is used to having to work for his place on the team.

The 2012 first-round draft pick was traded to the Phoenix Suns in July, after playing just 55 minutes for the Indiana Pacers during his rookie season.

The 25-year-old told the team's website: "I had to work really hard [in college]. I wasn't the only big guy. I didn't get a whole lot of minutes [at first]. It was a competition all four years. That's really all I know, and I think that's the path that will make me the best player I can be.

"A lot of it was just being with the Pacers for a year, learning the system. My confidence is just higher. I've improved as a player for sure, but a lot of it was just going out there and being the aggressor and not worrying about making mistakes.

"I haven't gotten a whole lot of one-on-one time with big guys that have actually played in the league. I think that's just something that can only be taught, the little subtleties of the game, from a big guys' perspective. Already this past week I think I've made big strides."

Plumlee also spent time with the Pacers' D-League team last season.

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