Congratulations to Brooklyn Nets rookie Mason Plumlee, who ended 2013 on a nice note by notching his first NBA double double in a New Year’s Eve loss to the Spurs. Plumlee, the 22nd pick in the 2013 draft, came off the bench to play a team-high 38 minutes, scoring 15 points (6-11 from the floor, 3-4 from the foul line) and grabbing 13 rebounds to go along with two blocks and a steal.
The Nets are struggling this season (to put it mildly; Grantland’s Zach Lowe recently called the team a “flaming pile of basketball dung” (in fairness to Brooklyn, in Lowe’s estimation, the league has two flaming piles in the Five Boroughs)), but 2014 looks bright for Plumlee individually, in large part because the season-ending injury to Brook Lopez opens a lot of minutes for Plumlee and the mercurial Andray Blatche. Here’s hoping Plumlee can capitalize on the opportunity.
In the interest of full disclosure, this blog will always have a soft spot for the middle Plumlee brother; he graciously autographed a picture for my mother, a devoted Duke supporter, after I sold him a pair of Jordans (not XI’s, incidentally – these, if you’re curious) on eBay. To borrow a phrase from Dave Barry, I am not making this up.