SUMMERSIDE — Despite receiving accolades for his play, the Summerside Storm’s Greg Plummer isn’t feeling any pressure to maintain his blistering start to the young season.
The six-foot-four shooting guard from Brooklyn, N.Y., was named the National Basketball League of Canada’s player of the week Monday after tallying 67 points over the team’s 3-0 (won-lost) start to the season.
True to the Storm’s philosophy so far this season, Plummer isn’t going to focus on being the star, but rather on how he can work best with his teammates in the midst of a five-game road swing.
“Going into the games coming up, it’s more about what we need to do to prepare for the teams and what they’re doing,” he said. “Not necessarily saying (being player-of-the-week) is not a big deal, but in the grand plan for the whole season, it’s really small.”
The Storm’s perfect start has them atop the Atlantic Division and averaging 109 points per game, second only to last year’s league champion London Lightning, which are off to a 2-0 start with a 114-point per game average.
Plummer has played a key role in Summerside’s wins against the Moncton Miracles and two over the Saint John Mill Rats. He’s averaging more than 22 points per game, tied with Moncton’s Tyron Levett for the league lead in that category.
Plummer spent last season with the Mill Rats but was hampered by injury for much of the season.
Since then, his focus has been on rigorous rehabilitation under the watchful eye of some NBA-level trainers in his native Brooklyn.
Now healthy again, Plummer has been part of the Storm since the first pre-season training camp.
He said a new plan of attack for the team’s second season should yield the desired result of putting the Storm in playoff contention.
“Having an opportunity to play against the (Storm) last year, and knowing most of the players . . . the team at the end of the season last year was a much better team, but still wasn’t at the level of players we have here now,” he said.
“Last year, it didn’t seem like the team was as well balanced as far as basketball IQ, athleticism and skill. This team we have here is very balanced as far as those three things go. The recipe is just working every day to get better.”
Summerside has four more road games in a row, beginning this Friday against the league’s newest team, the Windsor Express. They play the Oshawa Power the following night, then visit Windsor again the day after that.
The challenging road schedule ends Nov. 22 in Moncton.
“These games on the road are a big test,” said Plummer.
“I’m excited about having the opportunity to be 3-0, then going on the road and knowing how the other teams perceive it. They’re going to be jacked up to play. They want to be the first team to put that loss in that column, so we’re going to do everything we can to make sure that doesn’t happen.”