Even though the biggest story from draft day was a trade that the Brooklyn Nets made to acquire Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, the one draft selection they made was getting Mason Plumlee out of Duke with the 22nd overall pick. The Nets did not have a second round pick.
By getting Plumlee, the Nets get a guy who is NBA-ready, or at least as NBA-ready as he will ever be. He is coming off a career year at Duke in his senior season where he averaged 17 points and 10 rebounds while playing 35 minutes out of 40 every game. Plumlee shot 60% from the field and 68% from the free throw line, which is good for a near 7-footer.
So where will Mason fit with his new NBA team?
Probably at the very end of the Nets’ bench, or starting with their D-League affiliate, the Springfield Armor. Expect Plumlee to start the season with the Nets in training camp, the preseason, and November. Then, he should be sent down to Springfield in order to get some playing time and really try to improve.
Last season, the Nets did the same with their two rookies, Tyshawn Taylor and Toko Shengelia and they seemed pleased with the results.
Don’t expect Plumlee to get any time with the Nets once the regular season starts. Brooklyn’s front court should be very deep with Kevin Garnett, Brook Lopez, Reggie Evans, Andray Blatche, and Mirza Teletovic already ahead of Plumlee in the depth chart.