Mason Plumlee's hard work at Duke paid off Thursday night as he was drafted by the Nets. His new team is managed by Billy King and coached by Jason Kidd, both of whom have a great understanding of the sort of coaching Plumlee has had at Duke. In King's case of course, he played there; Kidd played for K in the Olympics.
Plumlee's new team got a major jolt Thursday night when the Nets picked up Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry from the Celtics.
They unloaded Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, Tornike Shengelia, Reggie Evans and Keith Bogans and gave up three first round draft picks (2014, '16 and '18).
Of the traded players, only Wallace is likely to be on the team next year.
The Nets are on record as gunning for a championship, but how much mileage is left in the three former Celtics? The Nets are giving up three future picks and there's no telling what sort of players they might turn out to be.
As for the Celtics, other than Rajon Rondo, they've completely blown up their team and are starting over. They picked up Gonzaga's Kelly Olynyk in the draft after a trade with Dallas but have a lot more work to do.
In other draft notes, Alex Len went to the Suns at #5, Shane Larkin to the Hawks at #18 (since traded to Dallas) and Reggie Bullock will be a Clipper (#25).
In the second round, Glen Rice Jr. redeemed this Tech career to an extent and was the #5 pick. Erick Green went to Utah at #16. Lorenzo Brown has a shot at the T-Wolves at #18, while State's CJ Leslie went undrafted.