Mason Plumlee
Mason Plumlee
30-Year-Old CenterC
Denver Nuggets
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Plumlee averaged 7.8 points and 6.4 rebounds in 21.1 minutes for the Nuggets last season, shooting 59.3 percent from the floor and adding 3.0 assists and 1.7 combined blocks/steals. Much like his teammate Nikola Jokic, Plumlee is an adept passing big man, which boosts his overall value. Plumlee is the clear backup to Jokic, but in 17 starts last season, he averaged a healthy 10.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.2 combined blocks/steals per contest. He has upside as an all-around player, and he displayed that with seven games of at least 10 points, six rebounds and five assists. He was one of only five centers to average at least 7.8 points, 6.4 boards and 3.0 assists last season, and he played the fewest minutes of any of them. For now, he is stuck firmly behind Jokic, but he is a high-end backup who could provide immediate production if the latter misses time. Ultimately, Plumlee has some standalone value in deeper leagues. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $41 million contract with the Nuggets in September of 2017.
Personal Bio

In 1990, Mason Plumley was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana. His father, Perky, played basketball at Tennessee Tech, and his mother, Leslie, played at Purdue. Mason has two brothers and a sister. His brothers, Miles and Marshall, also played in the NBA. For high school, Plumlee first attended Warsaw Community in Warsaw, Indiana. After his freshman year, he transferred with his brother Miles to Christ School, a boarding school in Arden, North Carolina. Marshall joined his brothers at Christ School a few years later. Learn more about Mason on Twitter (@masonplumlee).

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For seven straight seasons, there was a Plumlee patrolling the paint for Duke. Mason Plumlee is the middle brother of the three Plumlees and perhaps the best. He joined his brother Miles (who was then a sophomore) as a freshman in 2009-10. Plumlee only started one game, but he played in 34 and contributed 3.7 points and 3.1 rebounds. The 6-10 forward moved up the depth chart as a sophomore and started 31 games. He averaged 7.2 points and 8.5 rebounds with six double-doubles, including 10 points and 11 rebounds in an ACC tournament win over Maryland. Plumlee was more confident as a shooter as a junior. He provided 11.1 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks. His 12th double-double occurred in the NCAA Tournament, but it was not enough to keep the Blue Devils from losing to Lehigh in the first round. Plumlee was an All-ACC First-Team performer as a senior. He put up 17.1 points (on 59.9 percent shooting) and 9.9 rebounds per game, helping the Blue Devils advance to the Elite Eight. Plumlee was selected with the 22nd overall pick by the Brooklyn Nets in the 2013 NBA Draft.

Grabs 13 boards in loss
CDenver Nuggets
July 25, 2020
Plumlee registered 18 points (5-9 FG, 8-11 FT) while adding 13 rebounds, four assists, and two steals in 34 minutes during Saturday's 119-104 scrimmage loss against the Pelicans.
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Plumlee got the start at center and produced a strong stat line -- it was another example of what he can do when given enough minutes and chances to produce offensively. That said, Plumlee is likely to move back to the bench once the regular season resumes next week with Nikola Jokic set to resume his regular role as Denver's starting center down the stretch.
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2018

Mason Plumlee excelled during the 2018-19 season, his sixth year in the Association. He appeared in all 82 contests, his third 82-appearance season. The durable back-up center played 21 minutes per contest and started 17 games. A December injury to veteran Paul Millsap thrust Plumlee into the starting five for 11 straight contests, during which he averaged 8.4 points and 7.7 boards per game. The 6-foot-11 big man produced nine double-doubles and 14 games with 10 or more rebounds. On Nov. 24, Plumlee would swat a season-high four blocks to help defeat the Thunder. During a blowout home win on Jan. 10 over the Clippers, Plumlee exploded for 17 points, 12 rebounds and five assists. On Feb. 6, Plumlee posted a season-high 24 points on 10-of-12 shooting during a tough loss in Brooklyn. Plumlee appeared in all 14 of Denver's playoff games, averaging 16 minutes of playing time per contest. The Nuggets would lose to Portland in seven games in the second round of the playoffs.

2017

The 2017-18 campaign marked the first full season for Mason Plumlee as a member of the Denver Nuggets. He shot over 60 percent from the field for the first time since his 2013-14 rookie season. The 6-foot-11 center started in 26 of the 74 games he appeared in, averaging 7.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.1 blocks per game. It was his third straight season averaging at least one block per game. The Duke Product posted season highs in points (16) and rebounds (14) during a Jan. 17 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. That contest started a bit of a hot streak for Plumlee. During a 13-game stretch between Jan. 17 and Mar. 7, he scored double-digit points eight times. He averaged 10.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 2.1 assists on 65.9 percent shooting during that span. Plumlee finished the season with three double-doubles.

2016

Plumlee began the season in Portland, starting 54 games for the Nets and averaging 11.1 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.2 blocks in 28.1 minutes of run. On Feb. 13, he was traded to Denver, where he appeared in 27 games, including 10 starts. For the Nuggets, Plumlee averaged 23.4 minutes per game, which he turned into 9.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.1 blocks per contest. His best game of the season came with the Blazers, when he posted 27 points (10-of-13 FG, 7-of-11 FT), 13 rebounds, five assists, two blocks and a steal in a loss to the Kings on Dec. 20. In a win over the Lakers on Jan. 25, Plumlee posted 19 points, 13 rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block. He had 19 points, 10 rebounds and five assists against the Wizards on March 8. Plumlee grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds on two separate occasions, including in a loss to Toronto on Dec. 26 when he added 13 points and four assists. Plumlee nearly notched a triple-double against the Pistons on Jan. 8, finishing with eight points, 12 assists, 10 rebounds and three blocks.

2015

In his first season with the Trail Blazers, Plumlee established career-highs in scoring (9.1 PPG), rebounds (7.7 RPG), assists (2.8 APG) and blocks (1.0 BPG) while averaging a career-best 25.4 minutes per game. He appeared in, and started, all 82 games. The Duke product scored in double-figures 37 times, topping out with 19 points against the Clippers on Jan. 6. In a win over the Lakers on Nov. 22, Plumlee posted 17 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block. He had a season-high seven assists against the Wizards on Jan. 18, adding 10 points, 11 rebounds, one steal and one block. Plumlee matched that total on Apr. 6 against Oklahoma City, when he posted 10 points, seven assists, six rebounds and two steals. In a loss to Houston on Nov. 18, the big man recorded a season-high six blocks to go with nine points, four steals and four assists. Against Dallas on Mar. 20, Plumlee had 14 points, a season-high 19 rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block.

2014

In his second NBA season, Plumlee appeared in all 82 games, making 45 starts and averaging 8.7 points, 6.2 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.8 blocks per game. He scored in double-figures 36 times, including five games with at least 20 points. Plumlee topped out with 24 points (10-11 FG), to go with 10 rebounds, against Houston on Jan. 12. Against the Raptors on Dec. 17, the big man went for 23 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two blocks. The Duke product recorded his lone 20-point double-double of the year against the Pistons on Dec. 21, finishing with 21 points, 12 rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks. Against Boston on Jan. 7, Plumlee had 16 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and two blocks. For the season, he shot 57.3 percent from the field and 49.5 percent at the line on 3.9 free throw attempts per contest. At All-Star Weekend in New York City, Plumlee competed in both the Rising Stars Challenge and the Slam Dunk Contest. On June 25, the night of the 2015 NBA Draft, Plumlee was traded to the Trail Blazers.

2013

A first-round pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, Plumlee was an instant impact player for the Nets. He appeared in 70 games, making 22 starts and averaged 7.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.8 blocks in 18.2 minutes per contest. Plumlee shot 65.9 percent from the field on his way to All-Rookie First Team honors. The Duke product made his NBA debut on Nov. 3 against the Magic, playing three minutes and finishing with two points. He scored in double-figures for the first time on Nov. 16 against the Clippers, posting 19 points (7-10 FG, 5-12 FT), six rebounds, a steal and a block. On Jan. 11, Plumlee received his first career start and delivered six points, five rebounds and four blocks in a loss at Toronto. His season high scoring effort came against the Pelicans on Feb. 9, when he finished with 22 points, to go with 13 rebounds, three steals and two blocks. Plumlee handed out a season-high six assists in a loss to Cleveland on Apr. 16. He swatted a season-high four shots on three different occasions and had a season-high three steals in four separate games. At All-Star Weekend in New Orleans, Plumlee competed in the Rising Stars Challenge.

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Transaction History
  • June 27, 2013
    Drafted by the Brooklyn Nets in the 1st round (22nd pick) of the 2013 NBA Draft and signed a rookie deal shortly thereafter
  • June 25, 2015
    Traded by the Brooklyn Nets with Pat Connaughton to the Portland Trail Blazers for Steve Blake and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson.
  • February 13, 2017
    Traded by the Portland Trail Blazers with cash considerations and a 2018 2nd round draft pick to the Denver Nuggets for Jusuf Nurkic and a 2017 1st round draft pick.
  • September 20, 2017
    Signed a three-year contract as a free agent with the Denver Nuggets
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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.
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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Produces in limited role
CDenver Nuggets
March 4, 2020
Plumlee registered 16 points (7-8 FG, 2-4 FT), nine rebounds and two assists in 14 minutes off the bench during Tuesday's 116-100 loss against the Warriors.
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Returns from 12-game absence
CDenver Nuggets
February 22, 2020
Plumlee (foot) posted four points (2-2 FG), two rebounds, two steals and one assist across 14 minutes off the bench Friday in the Nuggets' 113-101 loss to the Thunder.
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Good to go Friday
CDenver Nuggets
February 20, 2020
Plumlee (foot) will play Friday against the Thunder, Chris Dempsey of Altitude Sports reports.
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Chance to play Friday
CDenver Nuggets
Foot
February 19, 2020
Plumlee (foot) is questionable for Friday's game against Oklahoma City, T.J. McBride of MileHighSports.com reports.
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Back at practice
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Foot
February 19, 2020
Plumlee (foot) was able to go through parts of practice Wednesday, T.J. McBride of Mile High Sports reports.
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