averaged 17.1 points and 9.9 rebounds at Duke last season. (Porter Binks/SI)
The Nets selected Mason Plumlee with the No. 22 pick in the NBA draft on Thursday. Here's a look at Plumlee and how he fits with Brooklyn:
Bio: Duke | Senior | Center
Vitals: 7-0, 238 pounds
2012-13 Statistics: 17.1 points, 9.9 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, 1 steal, 59.9 percent shooting in 36 games.
Strengths: Plumlee was one of the best rebounders in the ACC in each of his final three seasons with the Blue Devils. He's much improved as a finisher around the basket and rates as one of the most athletic big men in the draft.
Weaknesses: Plumlee is a 7-footer with a 6-11 wingspan, potentially limiting his potential as a rim protector. His offensive game isn't too developed despite four years at Duke, and the fact that he's already 23 raises questions about whether there is more upside to tap.
What Scouts Say: "He's 23-and-a-half and he still doesn't have any skill. I don't ever see him becoming a pick-and-pop guy. He can run the court and his post defense is good. He's going to be a solid backup guy, but I'm not effusive about him. He's going to have to play center. He has tiny hips. He's not going to get all that much bigger physically."
Plumlee definitely jives with Brooklyn's win-now philosophy, in that he may be the big man in this draft closest to his ceiling as a player. Unfortunately for the Nets, that ceiling isn't very high. Plumlee is a pretty solid athlete who can offer some basic value as a finisher and rebounder, but he won't likely give Brooklyn the backline defender it needs to contain the pick-and-roll or rotate to protect the rim. There should be some question over how well Plumlee would fit with a team that already lacks for skilled bigs, but evaluation on that front should be tabled as the structure of the Nets roster could change quickly and dramatically if Brooklyn follows through on its trade talks with Boston