CHICAGO -- The top players don’t always work out at the NBA combine, but surprisingly Duke’s Mason Plumlee has pulled himself from the table for evaluators.
Plumlee, who likely would be a power forward as a pro, has the numbers: 17.1 points per game, 9.9 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and 60% shooting.
But he isn't considered to be in the same class of Ben McLemore, who is a possible No. 1 overall pick. Michael Carter-Williams of Syracuse and Georgetown’s Otto Porter also held out.
The Wizards have shown interest in Plumlee, who is among the maximum of 15 players they’ll interview.
Plumlee’s agent, Mark Bartelstein of Priority Sports and Entertainment, suggested he do drills such as jumping and the physical testing but decline doing ball drills.
“I hired an agent. This is what he recommended,” Plumlee said. “I haven’t been through the process. I wanted to play personally but I’m using his experience in the process. He was very adamant about me not playing.”
It's no secret that the Wizards (29-53) need more scoring to improve their league-worst 93.2 points per game average last season.
Plumlee was honest about being concerned about how high he gets drafted. His brother, Miles, was drafted late in the first round by the Indiana Pacers last year and is trying to play his way back from the D-League.
“There’s a lot of difference in money when you just get down to it. Money’s important. At the same time finding the right situation is actually more important than the money,” Mason Plumlee said. “You want to be put in a position to succeed. That’ll set you up for that second contract and so forth. Any kid that tells you they don’t want to go as high as they can go is lying.”
The Wizards have an improving point guard in John Wall and appear to be on the right track, at least defensively, where they rank top 10 in the NBA.
“A team that has a good point guard. That’s one of the first things,” Plumlee said of his ideal fit. “An organization that’s shown they can win or headed into the right direction. If you surround yourself with success, it’ll bring out the best in you.”