NBA Position: Power Forward
Hometown: Arden, NC
High School: Christ School
Ceiling: Kris Humphries
Basement: Josh McRoberts
NBA Comparison: Andris Biedrins
- High motor
- Good rebounder
- Low-post moves
Analysis: View Mason Plumlee Full Report
Plumlee is a great athlete at the power forward position that has solid ability as a rebounder. He is not a dominant rebounder, but relies on his length and athleticism to average nearly a double-double this season. He is pretty efficient on offense shooting well over 50% on the season after adding two more shots per game to his stat line. Very high percentage shooter that can finish strong and score in the paint, but cannot venture outside the paint for points.
Last season Plumlee had six double-doubles and this year he already has 10 with games to be played. He is playing more physical and tough than he did as a freshman or sophomore on the glass. Strength overall is still an issue, but the progression most thought would be there for Plumlee as a sophomore is here as a junior. Offensively he is just as efficient as last year while getting to the line more for free points. He is still an awful free-throw shooter which hurts him for how often he gets there.
A lot of expectations were put on Plumlee as a freshman, more as a sophomore, and as a junior those seemed to temper. The lack of expectations may be part of the increase in productivity. Overall Plumlee is not an elite prospect, but he is a very mobile big man with great athleticism.
Plumlee entered the year as a prospect with loads of potential, he was likened to great NBA players such as Chris Bosh (Miami Heat). He has the intangibles of a great young prospect with length, size and athleticism. What scouts need to see from him is putting those intangibles into actual basketball settings. The upcoming season is one of transition for Duke, they welcome in a stable of new young guards and leave the paint almost solely to Plumlee.
This season Plumlee needs to prove he can make intelligent decisions with the basketball and learn some post moves. Living off athleticism can only get you so far. With a few post moves and solid play on defense Plumlee will become a lottery prospect, if not he will slide down the boards a la this past season.
Plumlee is an enigma. He is a high energy big man who displays a great athletic ability, but we have little to no tape on him. He has the ability to be a very good rebounder and shot-blocker; just needs to add some strength to his frame. We have little facts to prove Plumlee is a lottery talent, but his potential and size make him a very interesting prospect