NBA Mock Draft: Atlanta Hawks Select Mason Plumlee From Duke

Streeter Lecka

SB Nation's NBA Network conducted a mock draft with bloggers from each team site making or trading their "team's" pick. We continue with the eighteenth pick in the 2013 NBA Mock Draft with Peachtree Hoops selecting Mason Plumlee from Duke.

NBA Mock Draft Pick #18 -- Mason Plumlee, Center, Duke

SB Nation's Hawks blog Peachtree Hoops explains the pick:

After selecting a draft and stash with their previous pick, the Hawks can now add someone who can help their rotation immediately. Plumlee is a low upside, yet ready to contribute selection expected to bolster the Hawks defensive rebounding and front court depth in the rotation.

With Zaza Pachulia being a free agent, and the team historically weak in depth at the center position, the Hawks needed to provide Al Horford with some help up front and the ability/flexibility to move Horford over to the power forward position at times during games.

Mason is a solid seven footer with plus athleticism for his size, finishing above the rim and playing very well in transition. His excellent hands and ability to finish off plays above the rim make him a good compliment for Horford.

SB Nation Scouting Report: Mason Plumlee

More: Full NBA Draft Coverage

Updated 2013 NBA Mock Draft Board:

1. Cleveland Cavaliers: NERLENS NOEL
2. Orlando Magic BEN MCLEMORE
3. Washington Wizards OTTO PORTER
4. Charlotte Hornets ALEX LEN
5. Phoenix Suns VICTOR OLADIPO
6. New Orleans Pelicans TREY BURKE
7. Sacramento Kings ANTHONY BENNETT (for Philly)
8. Detroit Pistons C.J. MCCOLLUM
9. Minnesota Timberwolves KENTAVIOUS CALDWELL-POPE
10. Portland Trail Blazers RUDY GOBERT (For Phoenix)
11. Philadelphia 76ers MICHAEL CARTER-WILLIAMS (For Sacramento)
12. Oklahoma City Thunder CODY ZELLER
13. Dallas Mavericks SHABAZZ MUHAMMAD
15. Milwaukee Bucks SHANE LARKIN
16. Boston Celtics GORGUI DIENG
18. Atlanta Hawks MASON PLUMLEE
19. Cleveland Cavaliers
20. Chicago Bulls
21. Utah Jazz
22. Brooklyn Nets
23. Indiana Pacers
24. New York Knicks
25. Los Angeles Clippers
26. Minnesota Timberwolves
27. Denver Nuggets
28. San Antonio Spurs
29. Oklahoma City Thunder
30. Phoenix Suns

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