Plumlee: 'Dream Comes True' with Nets
Though the final mock drafts predicted Lousiville junior Gorgui Dieng, the Brooklyn Nets chose Duke senior Mason Plumlee with the No. 22 overall selection of the 2013 NBA Draft. The 7-foot-1, 238-pound Plumlee was considered one of the most mobile, athletic big men in the draft, and projects as a solid complement to starter Brook Lopez in the center rotation.
"I'm very excited about the Nets," Plumlee said, following the selection. "I didn't workout for them during the predraft process, but who wouldn't want to play here, with the buzz they have going here, the veterans and Jason Kidd coming on as coach. It's a dream come true to be in a situation like this."
General Manager Billy King, also a Duke alumnus, said that Plumlee developed into a more complete player during his four years as a Blue Devil – King watched him on TV and in-person throughout – and yet is mature enough to recognize that he still has work to do.
"(Mason) gives us some athletic ability up front," King said. "He adds a dimension that we don't have in our bigs."
Earlier this month, ESPN's Chad Ford wrote: "Plumlee had a season worthy of being a lottery pick." A 23-year-old senior, the book on Plumlee from various prognosticators seems to be that he'll determine his ceiling by the efforts put into developing strength and a more well-rounded offensive game.
And you can count Plumlee – who noted he's always played for winning programs – among them:
"My strengths right now are just being athletic, getting up and down the floor, getting on the boards and finish at rim. I have to work on being able to knock down shots consistently; that's not something I did in college. I didn't even attempt jump shots. I think that's something that could add a whole dimension to game."
–Mobile and active
–Good shot blocker
–Can make midrange jump shots
–Solid ball handler
–Has to continue to get stronger
–How will he handle rugged NBA post players?
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.