Brooklyn Nets center Mason Plumlee has been bumped up from the US Select Team to practice with the US National Team, Jerry Colangelo said during the team's practice today.
This is a promotion for Plumlee, but he's not guaranteed to be on the US roster -- just that he's made the next cut. The national team lacks size -- DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis, and Andre Drummond are the only three centers competing for a spot, and the team recently lost power forwards LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Love, and Blake Griffin.
Via John Schuhmann of NBA.com:
Seems like the Senior Team has borrowed Mason Plumlee from the a Select Team for scrimmages going on now, giving them 10 on each court.
— John Schuhmann (@johnschuhmann) July 29, 2014
The 22nd overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft, Plumlee turned in a surprising rookie season, averaging 7.4 points and 4.4 rebounds in 18.2 minutes per game, shooting 65.9 percent from the field. He led all rookies with a 19.1 player efficiency rating. Also, he dunked a lot. Like, 116 times a lot.
He even dunks in practice with... the US National Team!