One thing the Chicago Bulls take pride in is their rebounding. For the past ten seasons, they have been one of the top ten rebounding teams in the league. A possible prospect Chicago may select in this year’s NBA Draft is Duke University’s Mason Plumlee, a player who can take pride in his rebounding ability.
For his senior season, the 7-foot, 238 lb. center averaged 9.9 rebounds, 16th best in the NCAA. He led his Blue Devils in total rebounds and rebounds per game, and not only does he make sure to crash the boards on the defensive end, but Plumlee also remains active on the offensive glass as well. His offensive rebounds often lead to putbacks layups or dunks. Speaking of that, check out this reverse putback slam of Plumlee’s just because of its awesomeness.
Another aspect of Plumlee’s game that deserves attention is his defense in the post. He does a nice job of keeping his arms up and not fouling his opponent. His stance is good and knows how to stay with his opponent.
When he is doing the offensive work in the post, Plumlee does relatively well. He has shown that he can get his shots in the paint and make hook shots, basic things of that nature. However, he sometimes struggles to create offense for himself in the paint because of his size. When bigger guys are on him, he does not always have the upper hand. This will become an even larger concern when Plumlee comes to the NBA.
In an offensive sense, utilizing the pick and roll is something Plumlee excels at. He sets screens, rolls to the basket, and scores in what appears to be a seamless effort. Combine that with Derrick Rose, and there is a good chance success will follow.
Plumlee is not one known to have a mid-range game though, which obviously could come in handy when trying to be a larger offensive threat. Though the good thing is that he has been working on his jump shot lately, which is evident in the following video of one of Plumlee’s workouts.
The addition of Plumlee to the Bulls offers a good amount of both offense and defense. He needs some polishing and improvement on both ends, but what he can initially provide — rebounding, interior defense, and a decent offensive post game — would be a solid start.