The seven-foot center from Duke University averaged 17.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game last season with the Blue Devils. He earned Second Team All-American and First Team All-ACC honors this past season.
The Nets were one pick late in getting a guy they seemed to covet – Louisville’s Gorgui Dieng – but Plumlee also seems to be a good fit for what the Nets need.
Of course, Brook Lopez will be firmly entrenched at center once he returns healthy, but depth at the position is certainly important.
Just think back to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals when Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer were unstoppable on the boards and in the paint. Plumlee can be a defensive force in the middle, though it seems right now his strength is his offensive game and his rebounding.
With the discussed blockbuster deal with the Boston Celtics, the Nets’ roster looks very uncertain. But Plumlee could definitely factor into the team’s rotation next season, especially if rebounding machine Reggie Evans is heading to Boston.