NBA Draft pick #22 - Brooklyn Nets

Mason Plumlee goes to New Jersey at No. 22

6/27/13 in NBA   |   droth   |   127 respect

With the 22nd pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, the Brooklyn Nets have taken Mason Plumlee out of Duke.

Even with lofty expectations and a disappointing ending, the 2012-13 Nets had a successful season.  Under P.J. Mar 31, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Mason Plumlee (5) blocks a shot by Louisville Cardinals guard/forward Wayne Blackshear (20) in the first half during the finals of the Midwest regional of the 2013 NCAA tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY SportsCarlesimo, the Nets went 35-19 before losing in the first round to an undermanned Bulls team.

But that wasn't enough for a team comprised of capable veterans that felt it was ready to compete for a title.  In response, the Nets brought Jason Kidd in as head coach in an attempt to spark the club and to excite fans.  

Hopefully for Brooklyn, the addition Plumlee will add some youth and excitement to a roster that feels older than it is and hasn't lived up to the hype.

With an aging but still productive Joe Johnson and Gerald Wallace's defense no longer making up for his offensive deficiencies, the Nets need to plan for a future without these two veterans.  MarShon Brooks is a viable option moving forward, but the Nets need to add a bigger wing defender.  Plumlee will add depth to the frontcourt, but does not address this need.

The defense as a whole was suspect in 2012-13.  The Nets slow pace hid their defensive weaknesses a bit, as they gave up the sixth fewest points all season, but their Defensive Rating ranked 17th in the league and they did not rebound particularly well -- thanks in large part to Brook Lopez.   Plumlee's athleticism should help in the rebounding department and his willingness to run the floor hard will help speed them up at times.

This Nets team has the offensive talent to compete for one of the top spots in the East, but they'll need to shore up the defense and rebounding and add depth that contribute in the future if they want to avoid another disappointing first round exit next season.

Plumlee should fit right in as a role player after learning how to be a team player at Duke.
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