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 ball 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 would join his brothers at Christ School a few years later. Learn more about Mason Plumlee at his web site, www.MasonPlumlee.com or 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 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 five 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 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 from the field and 9.9 rebounds and helped the Blue Devils advance to the Elite Eight.

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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Plumlee had his best outing since returning to action last month, but he hasn't been much of a fantasy asset this season aside from the field-goal percentage, even if he has an occasional big scoring night or a solid night on the glass. He's a streaming option at best, as his upside is handicapped by his lack of playing time and the presence of Nikola Jokic on the roster.
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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. Plumlee averaged 7.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 1.1 blocks. 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, 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.

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.

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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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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
CDenver Nuggets
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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Out at least two weeks
CDenver Nuggets
Foot
January 22, 2020
Plumlee's right foot injury is expected to keep him sidelined for around 2-to-4 weeks, league sources tell Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
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