Mason Plumlee shining as Portland's best offseason addition
The Portland Trail Blazers shuffled the deck last summer. They lost a bunch of key players and brought in younger, lesser-known names to replace them. Expectations plummeted.
But things haven't been that terrible, in part because the inexperienced youth Portland acquired is playing pretty well. And nobody has been more impressive than their starting center, Mason Plumlee. The Oregonian has a deeper look at just how good he's been so far, with their mid-season awards.
Plumlee is averaging 9.3 points and 8.0 rebounds per game, but the most ridiculous part of his year are the 107 assists, which are already 33 more than he accumulated all of last season.
The 25-year-old has blossomed into a playmaking big who the Trail Blazers really trust with the ball in his hands.
It's a surprising and truly pleasant development.