Mar 31, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Mason Plumlee (5) shoots against the Louisville Cardinals during the Midwest regional of the 2013 NCAA tournament against the Duke Blue Devils at Lucas Oil Stadium. Louisville won 85-63. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

2013 NBA Draft Results: Brooklyn Nets Live Draft Grade

Draft Grade: B+

The Brooklyn Nets selected center Mason Plumlee out of Duke with the #22 pick. I actually mocked Plumlee to the Nets earlier today. So…there’s that.

Plumlee is an athletic big man, or as Bill Simmons so eloquently put it on live draft coverage, a “rich man’s Greg Stiemsma”. He’s a good fit for a team that needs some more physicality down low, especially if they go ahead and move Reggie Evans to the Boston Celtics in the proposed Paul Pierce/Kevin Garnett trade.

I like the pick for Brooklyn, as he should absolutely be a solid back-up for Brook Lopez. He won’t be relied on to do much other than to rebound, use his fouls, and play some solid defense. The Nets will be a very, very intriguing team to watch in 2013-14, if for no other reason than Jason Kidd is their head coach, and the Deron Williams-Kidd potential drama is absolutely intriguing.

Jeff Withey is still on the board as a likely solid back-up, defensive-minded center, and look for someone to grab him before the first round is up. It’s rarely a bad thing to have a back-up center on lowish, guaranteed money, so it’s a pick that would make sense. At this point, gambles will wait until the second round.

 

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