We continue our look at potential Boston Celtics draft picks this summer and Duke Blue Devils forward Mason Plumlee is another player that the team probably will take a serious look at in June. For quite a while this season it appeared he would be a lock to win National Player of the Year, but he suffered some nagging injuries and other guys leap frogged him into contention for the award. He appears to be fully healthy now and is a guy that the Blue Devils can lean on when they look to make a tournament run in a few weeks.
Plumlee is one of those ready now draft picks who has some upside but has most likely hit his peak in terms of his potential as a high level basketball player. He is fairly similar to current Indiana Pacers forward Tyler Hansbrough when he was coming out of North Carolina. Hansbrough has carved out a nice niche as a nine and five guy for the Pacers off the bench. There is no reason Plumlee couldn’t put up similar numbers once he arrives in the NBA.
The Celtics could obviously use more front court depth and Plumlee would be a guy that could step into reserve minutes as soon as next season. He has an extremely high IQ and plays like a veteran for such a young prospect. By picking the Duke senior, the Celtics would be forfeiting a guy with upside for a guy who is ready to play right away. That is probably the opposite direction the team would choose to go in.
There will be many names available this summer and the Celtics figure to take a look at Plumlee during the pre-draft process.
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