Mason Plumlee‘s long night of waiting finally came to an end when the Brooklyn Nets selected him with the No. 22 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. Plumlee was the first Duke player drafted and just the second of the remaining ACC schools to be picked after Shane Larkin came off the board at No. 18 to Dallas.
Plumlee finished his four-year career at Duke with 1,384 points, 1,088 rebounds and 199 blocks; good for 9.8 points-, 7.7 rebounds-, and 1.4 blocks-per-game. He was a consensus All-American as a senior after leading Duke to the Elite Eight by averaging 19.7 points and 9.9 rebounds.
The Nets are coming off their first season in Brooklyn and finished the season with a 49-33 record before getting bounced in the first round of the playoffs. They feature a star tandem of Brook Lopez and Deron Williams but were unable to turn that star power into any real success.
What could make this move a great one for Plumlee is the possibility of playing behind Kevin Garnett, who is rumored to be on the move to Brooklyn in a trade with the Boston Celtics. Playing behind Lopez and Garnett would allow him to fine tune his game and learn both ends of the floor from two of the better big men in the game.
Where Plumlee will be the most successful with the Nets is the same place he was successful at Duke: at the rim. He lives for dunks and feeds off rebounds. Williams will love throwing him lobs and catching his outlet passes and his willingness to continually improve his game will make him a favorite of first-year coach Jason Kidd.