Mason Plumlee climbing Rookie (Invisible) Ladder

Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sport

Hoopshype has this neat graphic that compares 2013 draft position to rookie PER (player efficiency rating), then does the plus or minus, the differential between the two.  Among first round picks, Mason Plumlee is now tied for first. He and Tim Hardaway Jr. are now performing at an efficiency 20 places above where they were taken last June.  Plumlee at No 2 among all rookies in PER and Hardaway Jr. at No. 4. Anthony Bennett, the Cavs' overall No. 1 pick is -26.

That's not the only place where Plumlee is doing well.  He is now first in shooting percentage among rookies (and 21st overall); first in dunking (and 20th overall); eighth in scoring; ninth in rebounding, 10th in blocks.

He's also moved up NBA.com's rookie ladder, now ranked 10th. Drew Packham writes...

Plumlee first caught my eye Nov. 16 in a loss to the Clippers in which he scored 19 and grabbed six rebounds off the bench. The No. 22 pick out of Duke has been a reliable frontcourt contributor, shooting 65.8 percent from the floor (best among rookies seeing regular minutes), playing solid defense and giving the struggling Nets good energy in the middle. He's in the top 10 among rookies in scoring (6.5 ppg, 8th), rebounding (3.5, ninth), and blocks (0.4, 10th). With the Nets struggling, Plumlee's been a nice surprise.

Packham is not alone. Chris Bernucca of Sheridan Hoops has him all the way up at No. 4...

Just keeps doing the right things, like boxing out, running the floor and floating the baseline for easy dump-downs. Had a terrific sequence Wednesday vs. the Lakers where he blocked a shot, beat the other bigs up the floor and filled the lane for a layup. So what if he missed?

On Friday, the third rookie rankings, by ESPN's David Thorpe, should be out.

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