Mason Plumlee is expected to be among the participants at Detroit Pistons NBA workout camps later this week, but the Duke power forward isn’t necessarily thought to be high on the Pistons’ list for their number-eight pick next week.
An impressive performance by Plumlee, however, could change all that.
Plumlee, if the Pistons don’t take him, could eventually wind up with the team via trade, free agency or a later draft pick. But that’s provided he catches his eye at the workout.
Plumlee is considered to be in the top 20 somewhere if the Pistons don’t like what’s available from other players after the first seven picks are made, and if Plumlee has an impressive workout, they might take him early or make some other arrangement to get him.
At age 23, Plumlee’s stock might rise as the draft approaches. The 7-foot, 235-pounder finished his senior season and carried himself very well for the Blue Devils.
He was at 34.7 minutes, 17.1 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.4 blocks per game. He was also impressive in shooting 59.9 percent from the floor and 68.1 percent in free throws.
Those aren’t bad numbers and a good workout could make the Pistons wonder how he might figure into their offense, at least as a backup to Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond.
NBA draft experts like the fact that Plumlee is a good shot blocker and rebounder, and can put the ball on the floor. He’s not a bad midrange jump shooter either. During his junior season, he started seeing a huge amount of action at the post.
While the Pistons would surprise a ton of people by picking Plumlee, they’re going to take a long look at him and keep him in mind if future transaction opportunities open up down the road.