Sections

February 13, 2014 / Sports / The Brooklyn Nets / Front Court

Turns out this draft pick was good

for The Brooklyn Paper
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Don’t miss our updates:

It is too bad that the Nets are largely depleted of draft picks in the years to come, because if 2013’s first-round pick is any indication, general manager Billy King really has an eye for young talent.

On a day remembered for the acquisition of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Jason Terry, there is a lesser-known Net who has been paying dividends.

First-round pick Mason Plumlee has been a pleasant surprise, providing valuable minutes off the bench. Thought to be a work-in-progress when drafted, and perhaps even a D-League player, Plumlee has been crucial in filling the shoes of the injured Brook Lopez.

At the beginning of the season, this column didn’t see him making the team playing behind the stacked frontcourt of Lopez, Garnett, Blatche, Evans, and even Teletovic. But through injuries, off-nights, missed games, not earning coach’s trust, Plumlee has been able to make an impact of late.

In Sunday night’s victory over the Pelicans, Plumlee notched career-highs in points and rebounds with 22 and 13, respectively. And he more than held his own defensively against fellow young frontcourt sensation Anthony Davis, the former number-one overall pick and an All-Star this season.

It has not been all highs for Plumlee this year.

He did not see much court time in January and failed to log any minutes in six contests as the Nets transitioned to a much smaller lineup with some success. However, February has been a different story for Plumlee who is scoring just above 10 points per game in just under 20 minutes of action through six games.

It is certainly too early to make any declarations on Plumlee’s career, but he has showed some signs of promise for the future, which should be more than enough to get Billy King excited.

If only he could have held on to some of those draft picks, who knows how many more Plumlees he could have found.

Tom Lafe is a 6-foot-5 sports-world insider with a middling high school basketball career who believes the Nets will be driven by the success of the team’s big men.

Posted 12:00 am, February 13, 2014
Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Don’t miss our updates:


Reasonable discourse

Comments closed.

First name
Last name
Your neighborhood
Email address
Daytime phone

Your letter must be signed and include all of the information requested above. (Only your name and neighborhood are published with the letter.) Letters should be as brief as possible; while they may discuss any topic of interest to our readers, priority will be given to letters that relate to stories covered by The Brooklyn Paper.

Letters will be edited at the sole discretion of the editor, may be published in whole or part in any media, and upon publication become the property of The Brooklyn Paper. The earlier in the week you send your letter, the better.

Keep it local!

Stay in touch with your community. Subscribe to our free newsletter: