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Celtics Draft Talk; Duke Center Mason Plumlee

The Celtics held another workout with a center from a big basketball school. The Celtics brought in Mason Plumlee over the weekend to see what he brings to the table and if he is NBA ready. Plumlee had a great senior season last year at Duke averaging 17.1 points, 10.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game.

A couple of major benefactors that Plumlee has is his basketball IQ. He doesn't fall for ball fakes or get into foul trouble which will help keep him on the court for long periods of time while the starters get additional rest on the bench. Standing at 6'11", Plumlee is a very strong rebounder on both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor. He is a solid low-post scorer as well, an area where a lot of bigs have had trouble with during the season.

As far as areas of improvement, Plumlee isn't a tough physical player and has trouble blocking shots on a nightly basis. He isn't a great perimeter shooter and will often be the last player to pass to when there are only seconds left on the clock.

I enjoyed watching Mason Plumlee during the NCAA Tournament this season and cannot wait to see him in NBA action wherever he plays. If the Celtics were to draft him, they would have some Coach K experience if Shavlik Randolph returns this season as well.

Joe Chancler