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Miles Plumlee out at least 2 weeks after non-surgical procedure on knee

The Atlanta Hawks announced on Monday that center Miles Plumlee will be out for at least two weeks following a non-surgical treatment on his left knee.

Plumlee is an NBA veteran who has played for five different teams in his career over nine seasons. He has been with the Hawks for two seasons now, providing a big body off the bench that can soak up minutes. Currently, the 6’11 center is averaging 4.4 points and 2.2 rebounds while shooting 67 percent from the field. While he isn’t exactly a critical piece for a young Hawks squad, losing Plumlee lessens the team’s center depth.

Entering play on Monday, the Hawks are closer to getting the No. 1 pick in the 2019 draft then they are to making the playoffs. The team is full of young players that are in need of plenty of development time, including sharp-shooting guard Trae Young and forward John Collins.

The Hawks are currently 12-27, and while this is a terrible record, the team is only the fourth-worst in the East. They’re ahead of the New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls, and Cleveland Cavaliers. Atlanta has also played well lately, going 6-4 in their last 10 games. This could actually be bad news for some Hawks supporters, as it could rob the team of the coveted No. 1 pick, which is currently projected to be Zion Williamson of Duke.

If the Hawks continue to play decently, they will almost certainly be in the dreaded spot of not making the playoffs but not getting a top-three draft pick. But however the rest of the season goes, Atlanta will continue to groom their young stars and look towards future seasons.