NBA Draft 2013: Brooklyn Nets select Mason Plumlee with No. 22 pick

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The Brooklyn Nets' first pick in the first draft hosted in the Barclays Center was Duke's Mason Plumlee, little brother of Indiana's Miles, although their night is dependent on what happens in a possible trade with the Boston Celtics.

Duke big man Mason Plumlee has been selected by the Brooklyn Nets with the No. 22 pick the 2013 NBA Draft.

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Plumlee follows his brother into the NBA, and beat him by a few picks: fellow Duke grad Miles was drafted No. 22 in last year's draft. If you've watched the elder Plumlee play, you've seen a lot of Mason, but Mason is distinctly more of a center, and a little bit more athletic. It's tough to say what the Nets plan with Plumlee, considering their entire evening is based around a trade featuring Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce that may or may not go through. So, Plumlee may end up a Celtic, but might not.

Plumlee stayed in college all four years, really breaking out as a senior this past season. He averaged 17.1 points and 10.0 rebounds while shooting 59.9 percent from the field. The big man played well in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, helping lead Duke to the Elite 8. The Blue Devils were blown out by Louisville, but Plumlee recorded 17 points and 12 rebounds.

Plumlee received a boost at the NBA Draft Combine when he measured in at over 7 feet, which was taller than his listed height at Duke. He has significant athleticism for a big man and brings a lot of energy to the floor. The offensive game needs some work, as his repertoire does not feature much variety.

Plumlee was the first pick by Brooklyn in their home arena. They have quite a bit of money tied up in the frontcourt with Brook Lopez and Kris Humphries already, so the addition of a solid prospect like Plumlee on a rookie contract could pay dividends down the road for Brooklyn.

The Nets likely won't have a ton of minutes for Plumlee to earn early in his career, but they currently have an opening in the frontcourt due to Andray Blatche becoming a free agent -- and the talented, if a bit limited, Plumlee shouldn't have a large learning curve for any minutes he does earn after being a four-year player for the Blue Devils.

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