The Brooklyn Nets could be making the biggest splash of the NBA Draft with a potential deal to acquire Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce from Boston, according to Marc Stein of ESPN. Still, an aging roster would benefit from adding some youth to the second unit.
Name: Mason Plumlee
Pick: No. 22 overall, First Round
Analysis: Mason Plumlee was a good pick for a Nets team that needed youth and depth up front. Andray Blatche is a free agent, and Kris Humphries is potentially on his way to Boston. Plumlee is an athletic big man who averaged 17.1 points and 9.9 rebounds for the Blue Devils. He also contributed 1.4 blocks a night.
If the deal with Boston happens, Plumlee will be mentored by one of the greatest big men in the game in Kevin Garnett, while also being allowed to be brought along slowly on a contender. Plumlee was ranked No. 16 on DraftExpress.com's Top 100, and Brooklyn was able to steal him at No. 22. A good move by a team that is already in position to make an even bigger acquisition.
Getting to know Mason Plumlee
Overall Analysis: This was a successful night for the Brooklyn Nets. They added two future Hall of Famers to a roster that already had a ton of high-priced talent when Kevin Garnett agreed to come along with Paul Pierce from Boston.
Then, they added another piece with the first-round selection of Mason Plumlee. The message Brooklyn sent to the league is clear: We want to win this year. They weren't going to hope Gerald Wallace improved in his second full season with the team. They weren't going to wait on a good deal for Kris Humphries.
Instead, they pushed their chips to the middle of the table for the second straight summer and made a bold move. Whether the Garnett/Pierce trade puts Brooklyn ahead of Miami and Indiana remains to be seen. For now, they are a team that added some talent, both of the high-end and bargain variety.