Mason Plumlee
Mason Plumlee
28-Year-Old CenterC
Denver Nuggets
Injury Abdomen
2018 Fantasy Outlook
During his first full year in Denver, Plumlee played a mostly bench role (26 starts), seeing 19.4 minutes per tilt. He was a solid rebounder (5.4) and defender (1.8 combined blocks/steals) in those minutes, and also made sure to take shots within his range (7.1 points on 60.1 percent). The Duke product also showed proficiency in the Nuggets’ offensive scheme where big men do much of the passing, averaging 3.6 assists per 36 minutes. However, given the presence of both Nikola Jokic and Paul Millsap, there’s little room for Plumlee’s role to expand. As a result, he projects to have nearly identical Fantasy value heading into 2018-19, and will be mostly a deep league option and DFS play in the event of injuries. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $41 million contract with the Nuggets in September of 2017.
Undergoes core muscle surgery
CDenver Nuggets
April 26, 2018
Plumlee recently underwent successful surgery to repair a core muscle injury, but is expected to be fully recovered in time for training camp, Nick Kosmider of The Athletic reports.
Plumlee apparently played through the injury during the latter portion of the regular season and will now address it permanently by undergoing surgery. However, it doesn't sound like the procedure was anything overly serious and as long as his rehab goes as planned, Plumlee should be good to go for the start of training camp. Look for additional updates to be provided over the summer once Plumlee is taking part in basketball activities, though even if he's at full strength to start the year, he'll once again be slotted into a reserve role behind Nikola Jokic at center.
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Depth Chart Status
#2 Center
#6 Power Forward
Denver Nuggets Center Depth Chart
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Acquired from the Nets last summer, Plumlee was one of several Trail Blazers who thrived in 2015-16 while ascending into expanded roles in place of the team's departing talent. In Plumlee's case, he ended up replacing Robin Lopez as the team's starting center, suiting up for all 82 games and providing stability for the team at both ends of the floor. The 26-year-old relied on his considerable athleticism and advanced play-making skills to generate 9.1 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.0 block and 0.8 steals in 25.4 minutes per game, while shooting 51.6 percent from the floor. That assist figure stands out as an exceptional mark for a center and carried over to the postseason, when Plumlee dropped 53 dimes in 11 games to help Portland upset the Clippers in the first round and take the Warriors to five games in the second round. Going forward, Plumlee still needs to add more strength in order to prop up his interior defense, but from a fantasy standpoint, he looks like a player on the rise. His near-double-double production and elite passing already make him a nice asset in points leagues, and the improvement he showed from the charity stripe last season (64.2% on 335 attempts) offers hope that he'll develop into a more reliable commodity in rotisserie formats.
Coming off a steady rookie season and stint with USA Basketball at the FIBA World Cup, Plumlee found difficulty securing consistent run under new coach Lionel Hollins until Brook Lopez sustained a lower back strain in early December. For the next 41 outings, Plumlee effectively spelled Lopez as a starter, averaging 12.4 points (on 63 percent shooting), 7.8 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 1.0 steal, and 1.0 block in 27 minutes. When Lopez retained the starting center gig on Mar. 8, though, Plumlee's workload dried up slowly but surely, culminating with eight minutes per game in the Nets' first-round series loss to the Hawks. Plumlee was given a new start following a draft-night trade to the Blazers, who soon suffered frontcourt casualties (LaMarcus Aldridge and Robin Lopez) in the free-agent marketplace. Portland general manager Neil Olshey has since expressed confidence that Plumlee will start at center in the upcoming campaign, but a few caveats remain unexplored. Of the 791 field goal attempts in Plumlee's first two seasons, 76 percent occurred within three feet of the basket, meaning he'll likely leave the floor when the similarly-constrained Ed Davis enters. Furthermore, Plumlee has cobbled together a career 55-percent clip from the foul line, which could keep him confined to the bench in crunch time. If he's unable to buck either trend, he'll hold far more value in head-to-head formats than rotisserie leagues in 2015-16.
The 22nd overall pick in the much-maligned 2013 draft, Plumlee emerged as one of the top rookies in the NBA last season. He appeared in 70 games (starting 22), averaging 7.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 0.8 blocks in 18 minutes per game. Plumlee connected on nearly 66 percent of his field goals en route to All-Rookie First Team honors. The 6-10 Plumlee helped to fill the void left when Brook Lopez was lost for the season with a broken foot and spent the majority of his minutes at center, despite having prototypical size for the power forward position. With Lopez back in the fold this season, Plumlee will likely spend more time at power forward and should push Kevin Garnett for the starting job. While new head coach Lionel Hollins has a reputation for favoring veterans, Garnett is 38 years old, and Plumlee is coming off of a very impressive summer that saw him qualify for the United States' FIBA World Cup squad over several well-known talents. Even if Garnett or fellow-veteran Andre Kirilenko starts, it will be difficult for Hollins to keep the athletic Plumlee off the court.
The first-round pick out of Duke has the strength and athleticism to succeed in the NBA, but his lack of polish offensively will likely limit his role as a rookie. Plumlee could spend time in the D-League as he adjusts to the professional game.
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Sees minutes decline
CDenver Nuggets
April 15, 2018
Plumlee recorded 7.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists over 74 games with Denver during the 2017-18 season.
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Decent all-around game Thursday
CDenver Nuggets
April 6, 2018
Plumlee registered six points (2-4 FG, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds, two assists and one block during Thursday's 100-96 win over Minnesota.
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Plays just 14 minutes in loss
CDenver Nuggets
March 8, 2018
Plumlee had 12 points (6-6 FG, 0-1 FT), five rebounds and two assists in 14 minutes during Wednesday's 113-108 loss to the Cavaliers.
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Strong in three games since return
CDenver Nuggets
February 28, 2018
Plumlee, who contributed 10 points (5-10 FG, 0-4 FT), nine rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block across 22 minutes in Tuesday's 122-120 loss to the Clippers, is averaging 9.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.3 steals across 20.0 minutes in the three games he's played since returning from a calf injury.
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Cleared to return Friday
CDenver Nuggets
February 21, 2018
Plumlee (calf) has been cleared to play for Friday's matchup against the Spurs and has no restrictions, Harrison Wind of reports.
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