Brooklyn Nets center Mason Plumlee was one of nine rookies that was selected to play in the Rising Stars Challenge on Feb. 14 as part of the NBA All-Star weekend in New Orleans, the association announced on Wednesday.
“This is a great honor for Mason and the Nets organization,” Nets General Manager Billy King said in a statement. “ He has worked extremely hard from the first day of training camp at Duke to the present, and this selection is a testament to his work ethic. We look forward to his continued development.”
Plumlee’s spot in the rotation has fluctuated this season, but in 33 games he has averaged 15.2 minutes a night. In that time he has averaged 13.2 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per 36 minutes with a 64.8 true shooting percentage.
He joins a list of 11 Nets that have been chosen to participate as rookies or sophomores. Brook Lopez did it in both 2009 and 2010, Derrick Favors was included in 2011, and Sean Williams was picked in 2008. Aside from Lopez, Kenyon Martin (2001 and 2002) was the only other Net that has been picked twice.
Plumlee is a perfect fit for the dunk contest as he already has a nice highlight reel full of them. Mirza Teletovic, who currently ranks 11th in the NBA with a three-point field goal percentage of 42.2, was not selected and some feel that he was snubbed.