The Brooklyn Nets were the hosts of the 2013 NBA Draft, but they had just one pick in the entire draft. Because of the lack of youth on their team and not having multiple draft picks, that made their first round pick, the 22nd overall, all the more important. They settled on the big man out of Duke, Mason Plumlee.
Last season with the Blue Devils, Plumlee really showed a ton of improvement. In 34.7 minutes per game, he put up 17.1 points, 10 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and one steal per game while shooting 59.9 percent from the field. More importantly, he raised his free-throw percentage from 52.8 percent the previous season to 68.1 percent.
One of the most notable things about Plumlee is his athleticism. At 6’10” he still managed a 36-inch maximum vertical leap and showed solid agility and speed, particularly for a big man. Worst-case scenario for Plumlee with Brooklyn, he could come off the bench and be an above-average rebounder.
Through two games with the Nets at the Orlando Summer League, Plumlee has shown that he is a terrific rebounder, but he has shown more than that as well. In his first game on Sunday, Plumlee shot 3-5 from the field and put up 10 points and 14 rebounds, though he did turn the ball over five times. On Monday in their second game, he scored 23 points on 8-8 shooting from the field and a solid 7-11 from the foul line, while also grabbing nine boards.
Plumlee has put his athleticism and an enormous amount of potential on display thus far at Summer League. He’s probably not going to be an All-Star in the NBA, but it’s not hard to imagine him developing into a great rebounder that can finish relatively well at the rim. Even though he’s not a superstar, it seems like the Nets did a fantastic job with their sole draft pick.