Mar 29, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Mason Plumlee (5) drives to the basket against the Michigan State Spartans in the first half during the semifinals of the Midwest regional of the 2013 NCAA tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Draft 2013: Mason Plumlee Familiar with 76ers

Mason Plumlee was among those interviewed by the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday at the NBA draft combine.

The 6’11”, 245 pound power forward out of Duke says that he has followed the Sixers closely for the past two years. Part of it may have to do with the fact that Chris Collins, son of Doug Collins, was Duke’s associate head coach before landing Northwestern’s head coaching job.

Plumlee referred to Doug Collins as a “friend”.

With Collins no longer at the helm of the Sixers, Sam Hinkie will be calling the shots as the team’s general manager and president of basketball operations.

Plumlee did show some knowledge of the Sixers on Thursday.

“They had such a tough season, because they gave up [Andre] Iguodala, they gave up  [Nik] Vucevic, the kid that went to Orlando, and they got nothing in return, and are expecting the same result.  It was a tough season. But I really like Jrue Holiday a lot. I think they have a lot of really good players there.”

While most experts are expecting Plumlee to go at the tail-end of the lottery, the Dallas Mavericks at 13th specifically, he considers himself a top-ten pick.

“I feel like athletically and how I played this year, I’ve proven that I am. But that’s what’s great about the workouts. You get another platform to prove it, again.”


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