Former Sacramento Kings point guard Frank Mason is making a name for himself in Wisconsin. Is there any way he’d return to Sacramento?
Frank Mason III was one of the most decorated prospects in his 2017 Draft class, due to his National College Player of the Year award and multiple first-team accolades. He was a bit undersized and there were questions about how his game would translate to the NBA. But the Sacramento Kings used the 34th overall pick to select Mason in the second round.
That 34th pick originally belonged to the New Orleans Pelicans, who sent it to Sacramento in the DeMarcus Cousins trade.
Mason got his contract and made the team, then averaged 19 minutes per game in 52 appearances. He spent two years in Sacramento, playing in 90 total games for the Kings, finishing with averages of 6.8 points and 2.6 assists in 15.8 minutes per.
During Mason’s final year in Sacramento, Yogi Ferrell served as the primary backup to De’Aaron Fox. But the front office shook things up a bit during the free agency period in summer of 2019. They brought in defensive-minded Cory Joseph to be the primary backup, moving Ferrell in to the third slot. Frank Mason III was the odd man out.
He was waived by the Kings on July 4th, 2019, four days after the start of free agency. A few weeks later, the Milwaukee Bucks signed Mason to a two-way contract, meaning he would split time between the G-League and the big league.
He played six games for the Bucks over the course of the season, totaling 53 minutes of play for arguably the best team in the NBA. But it has been in the G-League where Mason has been making a name for himself.
In 23 games for the Wisconsin Herd, Mason averaged 26.4 points and dished out five assists per game. His three-point shooting is remarkably improved as well. In his two seasons with the Kings, he shot 30 percent from beyond the arc. This year with the Herd, he made 42 percent of his deep balls.
Mason was particularly spectacular in the month of February when he won G-League Player of the Month. He put up just shy of 30 points per game for the calendar month.
Frank Mason was certainly loved in Sacramento, though he was not a bonafide fan favorite. Nonetheless, if there is ever the possibility of a reunion between the two sides, I know that Kings fans would welcome him back with open arms.
The backup point guard rotation may need a bit of help with the likely departure of Yogi Ferrell, which could open up a spot for a familiar face who has improved his game.
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