With 22nd pick, Brooklyn Nets select Mason Plumlee

Mason Plumlee via Instagram

The Nets, picking 22nd in a deep draft, surprised no one in the Duke Alumni Association with the selection of 7'0"" Mason Plumlee, an athletic post player.

Plumlee is an above-the-rim athlete who can run the floor and finish. He helps replace both the athleticism and rebounding lost with the impending trade of Kris Humphries to Boston. He is an experienced player from Duke - a program that plays defense and team-first basketball.

Jason Kidd mentioned after the pick was made that Plumlee "knows how to play" and indicated the Nets were looking for someone who could contribute right away.

Here's what Derek Bodner of Draft Express wrote of Plumlee.

Returning to Duke for his senior season,Mason Plumlee had high expectations placed on his shoulders, both from an individual and team perspective. For the most part Plumlee has met those expectations, as he posted the best numbers of his career and helped the Blue Devils advance to the Elite Eight before falling to Louisville.

His increased effectiveness in the post has not come from a drastic change in his repertoire of post moves, as it's still relatively limited. His post game largely consists of hook shots over either shoulder, with an occasional drop-step mixed in. He has been doing a better job of establishing good post position and now does a fairly good job sealing off his defender and creating space.

He saw his scoring average continue to increase, posting a career-best 19.0 points per 40 minutes pace adjusted, a nice increase over the 15.2 he posted his junior season while keeping his true shooting percentage and free throw rate up near the top of big men prospects in our database.
He sees a considerable amount of his offense in the post, a transformation that started during his junior season. According to Synergy Sports Technology, nearly 40% of his possessions now come from the post, where the 0.897 points per possession he generates is near the top 25th percentile in college basketball.

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