Nets center Mason Plumlee said he wants to start for Brooklyn next season. It’s a noble aspiration, but with a healthy Brook Lopez back in the lineup, it’s not a very realistic one. From ESPN.com:

Second-year big man Mason Plumlee, currently vying for a spot on Team USA’s World Cup roster, said he would welcome the chance to start for the Brooklyn Nets next season. “Oh yeah,” Plumlee replied. “What player doesn’t wanna start?”

 

Good point.

 

Plumlee started 19 consecutive games as a rookie from March 1 to April 4, averaging 7.4 points and 5.7 rebounds in 21.1 minutes. He shot 64.7 percent from the field over that span.

 

With Brook Lopez coming off foot/ankle surgery and Kevin Garnett likely returning for his 20th season, it seems Plumlee will certainly have a significant role in 2014-15 — whether he’s starting or not.

 

“No,” Plumlee responded, when asked if he’s aware of what his role will be, “but [the coaches] are working on it. They were out [there], they watched every [USA] practice out in [Las] Vegas, the whole staff was out there. They’re on the job, so if I don’t know, I’ll know soon.