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Mason Plumlee Picked by Brooklyn Nets: Scouting Report and Analysis

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - FEBRUARY 28:  Mason Plumlee #5 of the Duke Blue Devils drives against Akil Mitchell #25 of the Virginia Cavaliers at John Paul Jones Arena on February 28, 2013 in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
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Daniel O'BrienFeatured ColumnistJune 28, 2013

With the No. 22 pick of the 2013 NBA draft, the Brooklyn Nets selected Mason Plumlee from Duke University.

Here's everything you need to know about Plumlee.


Physical Tools

Bleacher Report NBA Draft Lead Writer Jonathan Wasserman broke down Plumlee's physical attributes:

You won't find many better pound-for-pound athletes at the college level when you consider all the physical tools he has to work with.

At 7'0'', he's got the size of a center with the athleticism of a small forward. He's also an incredible leaper and agile runner with hand-eye coordination that only professional athletes possess.

Because of his mobility, hops and athleticism, Plumlee has tremendous range as a finisher inside. He's a glowing target at the rim, turning difficult scoring opportunities into easy ones.


Getting to Know Mason Plumlee

Throughout the draft process and interviews, Plumlee exhibited a willingness and enthusiasm to learn what NBA executives expect from him. He has an agreeable personality as a teammate and a healthy competitive fire inside.


NBA Player Comparison

Plumlee's baseline-to-baseline mobility and knack for playing above the rim remind us of Chris Andersen of the Miami Heat. Plumlee could be a more powerful rendition of the "Birdman."

His basement isn't too shabby: He would be a dependable post reserve like Nick Collison of the Oklahoma City Thunder.


Pro Predictions

It's unlikely that Plumlee will blow people away in the short or long term, but his sturdy frame, tremendous agility and sharp awareness translate to consistent production.

I don't project him to secure a starting role in the league, mostly because he doesn't have a proficient jumper outside of 15 feet.

The good news is that he's a safe prospect who will bring energy and physicality every night. Teammates can count on him to catch passes in the open floor, score over defenders and find the ball on rebounds and lobs.

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