Apr 5, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Mason Plumlee (1) during the third quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Nets defeated the Sixers 105-101. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Nets' Mason Plumlee: I want to start next season

Mason Plumlee shined throughout his rookie season as a spark off the bench for the Brooklyn Nets. But heading into Year No. 2, the center wants to see an expanded role and start games.

From Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York:

Second-year big man Mason Plumlee, currently vying for a spot on Team USA’s World Cup roster, said he would welcome the chance to start for the Brooklyn Nets next season. “Oh yeah,” Plumlee replied. “What player doesn’t wanna start?”

But unfortunately for Plumlee, it’s unlikely that he’ll earn the starting role with the superior Brook Lopez returning from injury. Although, Plumlee still will almost certainly see more than the 18.2 minutes per game he saw last season.

However, Plumlee is in the dark about what exactly his role will look like in 2014-15.

“No,” Plumlee responded, when asked if he’s aware of what his role will be, “but [the coaches] are working on it. They were out [there], they watched every [USA] practice out in [Las] Vegas, the whole staff was out there. They’re on the job, so if I don’t know, I’ll know soon.

“But [Lionel Hollins is] a very positive coach. He gave me something after each practice to look at. And then the same with, I met Paul Westphal, Jay Humphries, [John] Welch was out there. It was cool for me because they were doing the… I don’t know what you’d call it, their little coach’s retreat or whatever. I got to talk with them all week.”

Plumlee averaged 7.4 points (65.9 percent shooting from the floor) and 4.4 rebounds per game in 2013-14. On an aging team, Plumlee’s fresh legs and developing talent should be a big help for Brooklyn once again next season.

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