Mason Plumlee, world champion

Mason Plumlee. Team USA World Cup champion.

Yeah, that’s something we didn’t think we’d write when this offseason began.

One minute, Plumlee was playing in the Summer League with the Brooklyn Nets in Orlando.

The next, he was playing in the Gold Medal game with Team USA in Spain.

Team USA ended up easily defeating Serbia, 129-92, on Sunday.

Plumlee had one point and four rebounds in the game. He averaged 2.2 points and 2.0 rebounds during the nine-game tournament.

Remember when some were complaining that Plumlee was selected to the team?

Yeah, that proved to be a big waste of time.

Plumlee performed just fine in his role as an end-of-the-bench big man. And he has a gold medal to show for his efforts.

Now, the 24-year-old should be pretty confident once he begins training camp with the Nets in two weeks.