Is Mason Plumlee a First Round Target of Washington Wizards?

By Marcel Davis
Mason Plumlee
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After a five-day hiatus, NBA Draft workouts have returned to the Verizon Center. But yet again, the prospects attending aren’t realistic targets for any of the Washington Wizards’ three draft picks.

Of the prospects attending (Mason Plumlee, Brock Motum, Karron Johnson, Bruce Massey, Dexter Strickland and Kellen Thornton) only Plumlee is expected, ESPN’s Chad Ford has him pegged as a mid-first round pick, to hear is name called on draft night.

With the Wizards picking third, 38th and 54th overall, Washington doesn’t appear to be a logical landing spot for Plumlee — unless, Washington has a trade in mind.

Yesterday I detailed a trade rumor that had Washington swapping first-rounders (No. 3 for No. 9) with the Minnesota Timberwolves in order to acquire forward Derrick Williams.

While this rumor could be one of the many smoke screens that appear come draft time, Plumlee’s addition to today’s workout raises some eyebrows.

If this trade rumor actually becomes a reality, Washington would probably draft big at the No. 9 spot, making Plumlee a possible fall-back option in the event that Alex Len and Cody Zeller aren’t available.

Plumlee averaged 17.1 points and 10 rebounds per game in his senior season at Duke but at 23-years-old, the 7-footer isn’t a prospect with a lot of upside. Still, Plumlee is NBA ready, making it possible that — if selected — he could supplant Kevin Seraphin as Washington’s backup center as a rookie.

Plumlee isn’t a savant in the post — how many big men in today’s NBA are? — but his high-motor and excellent athletic ability can make him Washington’s version of Chris “Birdman” Anderson — minus the Mohawk and tattoos of course.

Using a lottery pick on a possible career rotational player may sound ludicrous, but the other prospects likely to be available at No. 9 either don’t fit a need or have a profile similar to Plumlee’s.

While Plumlee not a player many Wizards fans will get excited about, remember that Washington could do, and has done, worse — does Jan Vesely ring a bell?

Marcel Davis is a Washington Wizards writer for Follow him on  Twitter @Mar_CelDavis24 , Like him on  Facebook or add him to your network on Google+

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