Making Your Way Through the Mocks: Week Two

Mason Plumlee

Exploring a panel of 16 current Mock Drafts, now that Croatian forward Dario Saric has withdrawn from the prospect pool, the name most linked with the Nets has been Duke senior Mason Plumlee, followed by raw 19-year-old Giannis Adetokunbo and – as was last week – Louisville junior C Gorgui Deng. Put forth as Brooklyn's pick by Jonathan Tjarks (SB Nation), Steve Alexander (Rotoworld) and Jonathan Wasserman (Bleacher Report), the 7-foot-1, 238-pound Plumlee is thought to be one of the most mobile, athletic big men in the draft, and all three view him as a solid complement to starter Brook Lopez in the center rotation.

Apparently, the Hawks strike most as the Nets' biggest competition: all but four mocks projected Plumlee as an Atlanta pick at either No. 17 or 18 overall, where the back-to-back selections offer a chance to take big swings ... on bigs. And ESPN's Chad Ford, who believes Plumlee will fall to the Bulls at No. 20, wrote: "Plumlee had a season worthy of being a lottery pick." A 23-year-old senior, the book on Plumlee – who has been projected as high as No. 12 overall (Hoopsworld) – seems to be that he'll determine his ceiling by the efforts put into developing strength and a more well-rounded offensive game.

From Plumlee's Prospect Profile on NBA.com, via Chris Dortch:

Strengths
–Mobile and active
–Great leaper
–Competes
–Aggressive rebounder
–Good shot blocker
–Can make midrange jump shots
–Solid ball handler

Weaknesses
–Has to continue to get stronger
–How will he handle rugged NBA post players?

NBA projection
Some analysts think Plumlee will be a lottery pick, and others believe he'll fall a bit below. Regardless, Plumlee will be a nice pickup for whatever team drafts him because he's a hard worker who wants to improve, and he's mobile and athletic. Plumlee might never become a star, but he'll have a solid career for a decade or more.

Week-by-Week

Three-For-All
Going by the mocks, in a year of volatile draft predictions, the current top three seems stable – though speculation has begun that Victor Oladipo or Trey Burke might displace Ben McLemore at No. 2 overall. Neither should affect the Wizards decision, since their John Wall-Bradley Beal backcourt showed great potential during the short stretch both players were simultaneously healthy last season.

Pick Team Pos Player School Year
1 CLE C Nerlens Noel Kentucky Fr.
2 ORL SG Ben McLemore Kansas Fr.
3 WAS SF Otto Porter Georgetown So.

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