Mason Plumlee had to wait longer then expected to be drafted to the Brooklyn Nets. Mason would have loved to be picked early, but I believe this is a great fit for Mason Plumlee. He will have a very good opportunity to come off the bench and play significant minutes for a potential championship contender, even in his rookie year.
With the Celtics and Nets trade involving Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce likely to go through, the Nets will be a great team next season. I also think this trade works into Mason Plumlee’s favor for his career in Brooklyn. For the next two years (potentially only one), Mason will get to learn behind one of the best in KG. He will improve his game while also playing significant minutes for a top NBA team. Kris Humphries and Reggie Evans are rumored to be a part of the team which will leave a lot of playing time for Plumlee off the bench. Plumlee will get to play for a contender while improving his game significantly, which seems to be a perfect situation.
After KG’s contract ends and he likely retires after two seasons with the Nets, the starting spot next to Brook Lopez will likely be Plumlee’s to take. The Nets won’t have top picks or the cap space to sign a top free agent, leaving Plumlee there to start. After learning from KG for two years, Plumlee may not be a star but he will definitely be a starting caliber player. If the Nets continue to build around Deron Williams and Brook Lopez, post Kg, Paul Pierce and possibly Joe Johnson, Plumlee will be in the mix to start with them.
Mason Plumlee was drafted to a team where he can learn from the best, play quality minutes for a contender, and had a potential starting role in two years. I can not think of a better situation for a player with the ability of Mason Plumlee. Any disappointment he may feel from falling in the draft, will be lost once his time in Brooklyn is done.
I can safely say for myself and all Duke fans, Mason Plumlee will be missed but I wish him all the luck in the world in the NBA. I could not think of a better person to receive this opportunity. Congratulations Mason Plumlee, you deserve it!