Who do you like better?
*Think about Austin 2/3 years from now. IOW, take into account Austin is a Fr. and Plumlee is a Sr.
Mason Plumlee is a 6'11'' 240 lb freak athlete who produces at a very high level in one of the best conferences, has expanded his post game and shot every year and isn't soft around the basket. Plumlee has the size and athletic ability to be a rim protector at the next level and has a solid post game that with his natural ability, will translate to the next level. I have little doubt that Plumlee will be a very good rebounder and capable offensive player in the NBA who could end up being a similar player to Derrick Favors or Kris Humphries.
Isiah Austin is a good producer for a freshman in college. That being said, he is extremely perimeter oriented and lacks strength and the desire to bang down low. The John Henson comparison has come up a bit lately, but Henson was a rim protecter who was a 4+ bpg player in college who used his quick feet and length to rebounder over bigger players in college. Austin rebounds over guards because he's rarely by the bucket. I think Austin will be a stretch 4 and pick and pop threat much like Channing Frye when he was playing in Pheonix. I think he'll have a career.
Overall, I have to pick Plumlee. A guy with that size/athletic ability/production combined is much more appealing than a guy who will probably be a specialist or a guy who takes advantage of a certain system in the NBA. I could see Plumlee being a double digit rebounder and a low point (11/12 ppg) double double player who will protect the rim. That has a lot more appeal to me.
Right now i'll pick Plumlee...But i hope Austin decides to come back to school and work on his body....With so many centers that could be in this year's draft ,Austin could move into the late lottery next year....
Plumlee has improved so much this year...He would be perfect on a team like the Heat that could use a rebounder and big guy that could block shots and run the floor.....
But i think people are underrating Austin....
I can already see the future for Austin, he's going to have the same body as he doesn't have the frame to put on weight, the fact that scouts see Jonathan Bender in him which is why they are so intrigued scares me; yes Bender was a freak of nature but he did nothing in the NBA, add in the fact that he had otherworldly athleticism also that Austin doesn't possess. Isaih reminds me too muh of Channing Frye.
Mason Plumlee still has no reliable post game to where you can dump it down to him an expect something good to happen.
His stats at the beginning of the year were inflated imo from hot shooting from the free throw line that has now cooled down and the fact that teams hadn't game planned for him yet.
ESPN needs to stop toting him as some kind of NPOY candidate, the guy just does not have a very good feel for the game. I think his ceiling is a role player off the bench that can snag rebounds and give a highlight dunk every now and then.
Big words coming from a Dook fan
Kelly Olynk is rapidly moving up the draft boards....I think he has more upside then Plumlee.....
Go to the right team. He has no NBA post game, believe that. Double double a night? I think not. If he plays with a good PG he will look better than he really is.
If he goes to the right team he could just fly around, make athletic plays, hit the glass and defend.
I think he profiles similarly to a Tristan Thompson, Kris Humphries or Jason Thompson-type. Workman-like and athletic, without many plays ran for him like is the case with Duke. His lack of skill would be hidden by his smaller offensive role.
I do like his potential as a help defender though. He's got good feet and quickness.
I'll take Plumlee because I think his athleticism will play well on both ends of the floor.
Austin's just too weak and soft for my taste. I think he'll get man-handled in the post on both ends, turning him into stretch big who has minimal impact on defense and on the boards.
plumlee can become a starter I think in the League.......if a guy like kosta koufus can start.... y not this guy? he will NEVER be an all star or be that good in the post.... but you cant teach 6'10'' or his athletic ability
What do y'all think about Plumlee playing Center in the NBA?
He's not even listed as a PF/C, but is listed at 6'11 240lbs just like Cody Zeller.
Plus, Plumlee has a bigger wingspan than zeller