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Overview of college performance:
Mason Plumlee is a well-beloved player at Duke. He was never really a unproductive player, so he has a legacy that is nothing but positive. He wasn’t expected to be much of a scorer coming out of high school, but he produces 17.1 points per game as a senior. Overall, he had a great college campaign.
Plumlee’s biggest strength has to be rebounding. He has the strength to compete with any NBA post player on the glass. He also has proven to be an adept shot blocker.
His biggest weakness is his lack of a jump shot. He can’t shoot a outside jumper, and his mid-range game is very limited. That’s something he’ll definitely need to improve with.
Skill that best translates to the pro game:
Like I said earlier, Plumlee has a good rebounding ability. I feel that will translate to the NBA. His defense and size will translate as well. I expect all of those to be his most valued traits while heading to the next level.
What type of player will he be:
First and foremost, I don’t think Plumlee has the potential to be a star. He’ll be a solid role player. I wouldn’t expect him to bring up huge number, but he’ll be a valued asset coming off the bench. He may even work his way into a starting role. He’ll bring energy and all of his skills to help his team.
Is he an immediate contributor?
I think it will take time before he’s able to contribute. I think he’ll be a player that has a solid rookie season, but improves year by year. Even though I don’t expect him to be an immediate contributor, I would expect him to help the team he is chosen by.
Where is his best fit in the NBA?
I think his best fit would have to be Atlanta. The Hawks have the 17th and 18th pick, so they are a very possible destination. I think it would be good for him to learn from veterans like Josh Smith and Al Horford. This will help him improve his game, while still being able to contribute.