Mason Plumlee was shipped on a draft day trade to Portland for Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, and was brought in to help try fill the void of Robin Lopez and Lamarcus Aldridge. After having him on my fantasy team, and watching a couple Portland games, I can see the resemblance between Hall of Famer Bill Walton and Mason.
Bill Walton was one of the greatest players to ever play the game of basketball, when healthy. When healthy was the issue with him. If he wasn’t so injury-prone, I truly believe that Bill could’ve been up there in conversation for the GOAT, due to his impact during his short career, and brilliant college career. Walton was a Swiss army knife. He could score, grab rebounds, pass, block you name it.
When Walton’s first trip in the post-season, he did not disappoint. Walton averaged 18 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists [A big man who can pass impresses me a ton] , 3 blocks, and 1 steal a game. Those stats would eventually lead the Blazers to an NBA title, with Bill winning MVP. He didn’t stop that right there, he picked up right where he left off, averaging very similar stats, earning him MVP.
I’m not saying Mason will ever be like Bill Walton, I never expect anybody to play at such a high level. But you can certainly see the resemblance, in my opinion. Mason can score when needed, rebound very well, block, steal, and his passing game is very underated and is very good. If Plumlee can continue to fine tune his game, and work on his free throws, Plumlee could be an impactful player just like Bill Walton was during his days with the Blazers.