5 - Mason Plumlee

6-11, 238 Power Forward
duke.gif Duke Senior
03/05/90 (29.7 yrs)
Arden, NC
High School
Christ School
Team Site Profile
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Post Skills

NBA Comparison: Yi Jianlian

Strengths: Big forward with NBA run/jump athleticism … Experienced, four year player who showed solid production and some development in senior season …  Tough nosed player, willing to do the dirty work … Brings consistent energy to the floor. Surprising for a 6’10 guy … Uses his size and athleticism well on the boards. Averaged over 10 rebounds per game as a Sr. … A very good leaper, adept at converting ally oops when given an opening to the basket … Does a good job of playing to his strengths … Contributes without needing to have plays run for him, crashing the glass and converting put backs … Has developed some serviceable hook shots and post moves around the basket … Generally was able to outclass opponents athletically to score many of his points …

Weaknesses: While he did show some progress in Senior year, lacks much of an offensive repertoire … Came into college as mostly a face the basket forward, his post game remains a work in progress … Mechanical. predictable post game. Somewhat stiff, robotic, in his movements. Post moves seem predetermined and if the defense is able to react, he struggles to make counter moves … For as athletic as he is, lacks great defensive ability … Lacks great anticipation and ability to make adjustments … Not a vocal leader …. Lacks a great deal upside … Some of his senior development has to be attributed to opportunity …

Notes: Potential lottery pick who benefits from such a weak draft class … Brother Miles Plumlee went 26th in the 2012 NBA draft, and isn’t nearly as talented as Mason …

Aran Smith 5/13/13

Strengths: Mason Plumlee looks the part of a physically gifted PF prospect that NBA teams covet at 6’11 235 … He’s also a great athlete, with very nice fluidity, leaping skills and explosiveness … Plumlee is a still developing offensive player, who shows flashes of being able to face-up as a triple threat and post down low … He’s a very good catch and finish player, who also is a good partner in the pick and roll game with his PG due to his athleticism and quick leaping skills … Runs the floor like a deer … Has a developing jump hook with both hands, and shows flashes of a turnaround jumper too … Good passing skills from the high post when facing the basket … Functional ball-handler who can utilize 2 straight line dribbles to get to the rim and finish if left open  … Has a good first step for his size and long strides … Plays with a solid motor, and rarely watches the ball on offense and does a good job of always being in motion … Not a bad area rebounder on either end of the floor … Also shows pretty good shot-blocking skills …

Weaknesses: Although he has nice size for the position and is physically impressive, Plumlee needs more upperbody strength … He can be ineffective against physical bigs on both ends on the floor, and seems to lack toughness and determination … Often loses battles down low on D as bigger matchups often seal on him, and he can struggle to establish post position on offense … Even though he has the tools and physique to be a face-up PF, his face-up skills need a good deal of polish all-around for him to be truly effective … His post game also needs polish, as he doesn’t read the defense very well at all and doesn’t get in and out of his counters quickly when his initial move gets cut off … Doesn’t handle help D naturally, and commits turnovers or forces shots in those instances … Doesn’t show alot in terms of instincts and awareness on the defensive end, and PF’s had their fair share of good games against him and the Duke frontline thus far in his career … Right now, Plumlee is more intrigue than production, but he does have untapped potential …

Overall: Mason Plumlee’s physical tools, athleticism and budding skill level makes him an interesting prospect … His lack of great production, toughness, strength and defensive awareness are the main things holding him back from reaching his potential … He has time and potential on his side, as well as developing time with Duke’s staff …

Notes: Measured 6’10 (in shoes) 234 lbs, with a 6’11 wingspan at the 2011 Amare Stoudemire Skills Academy … Measured 6’11.5 (in shoes) 240 lbs, with a 6’10 wingspan at the 2012 Amare Stoudemire Skills Academy

Jorrye Nixon 8/5/11

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November 30, 2010

YouTube clip – 10/7/2009



  1. He is Josh McRoberts if he is

    He is Josh McRoberts if he is lucky. I think it is more likely he will only get 1 contract in the NBA if that. A rebounder and finisher is his only chance and I don’t even think he does that well enough against men his own size.