May 6, 2018, 5:04 pm
2017-18 averages: 52 G | 2 GS | 18.9 MP | 7.9 PTS | 2.5 REB | 2.8 AST | 0.7 STL | 0.2 BLK | 1.3 TOV | 37.9 FG% | 36.0 3P% | 81.7 FT% |
Frank Mason came out of Kansas as one of the oldest players in the 2017 draft class. His age, paired with his lack of size, saw him slide to the second round despite the numerous awards and accolades he received in his senior year.
Analysts weren’t questioning his talent, it was all the other contributing factors that caused many teams to overlook him. The Kings, however, took a chance on him with the 34th overall pick and so far the results have been promising.
His 37.9 percent clip from the field is a little underwhelming on the surface, but his overall production and effectiveness on the court is a positive sign. Mason, like he did in college, displayed a fairly reliable 3-point shot throughout the season. Shooting 36.0 percent from distance isn’t a superb mark, but it’s respectable and enough to keep the defense engaged.
Early on in the season Mason was mainly looking to score the ball. He was effective when driving to the rim and would make the defense pay when left open on the perimeter. In November he was great, shooting 43.3 percent from the field and 53.8 percent from three for 7.4 points. From that point on, though, his shooting percentages did start to regress.
Mason missed 21 games in the middle of the season due to a heel issue and that was likely a factor in the dip. However, his overall production didn’t see much drop off, in fact, he averaged 9.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists in March alone – his most productive month of the season. Mason displayed a willingness to pass the ball more and take control of the offense once he returned, though, scoring first was still a priority.
Here’s one of his better overall outings of the season:
Defensively, Mason struggled to contain bigger guards. This is where his lack of size really hurt him, as opposing guards were often able to shoot over him with ease. Mason, though, showed flashes of being a competent defender with his quick feet and ability to generally keep guys in front of him. He’s a hard worker and can be a pest defensively, and working under Dave Joerger will be beneficial for him moving forward.
As of now he’s a great backup option to have behind De’Aaron Fox. He can provide instant offense and generally does a good job of controlling the flow of the game. You could tell Mason was a rookie at times during the season, but you could also see the maturity and poise he has after four years at Kansas.
Drafting older players out of college can often be looked at in a negative light, part of the reason why Mason fell in the draft, but doing so also carries perks and benefits that you wouldn’t get from one and done players; Justin Jackson spent three years at North Carolina and Willie Cauley-Stein spent three years at Kentucky, and they came in ready to contribute from day one. Jackson, for example, may not have blown people away with his production this season, but he started 41 games for the team and earned the trust of Joerger fairly quickly.
We’ll see what the Kings decide to do in this year’s draft. Mason proved he’s a serviceable point guard, but the Kings are still a rebuilding team and should be drafting the best player available regardless of position. Fox is undoubtedly the guy at point guard, but don’t be surprised if the team brings in competition for Mason at the backup spot.
Nonetheless it was a promising season for the 24-year-old. Mason’s energy and positive attitude is what this team needs moving forward.
— Frank Mason (@FrankMason0) May 5, 2018
August 25, 2019, 11:25 pmCaris LeVertSG, Brooklyn Nets
The Nets and Caris LeVert have agreed to terms on a three-year, $52.5 million contract extension, as per Adrian Wojnarowski.
This makes sense for the Nets, who have long extolled their love for LeVert's long-term outlook. This sounds like they're fully committed to making him a core player. Enjoy his upside this season, as he will likely take a usage hit when Kevin Durant returns to full health and takes the floor.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
August 25, 2019, 11:18 pmEvan FournierSF, Orlando Magic
In an 82-80 win by France over Italy on Sunday, Evan Fournier posted 29 points in 19 minutes of action.
This was nice showing for Fournier, who is coming of a relatively lackluster 2018-19 campaign. He will have to fend off an emergent Terrence Ross for those minutes at the wing this season and will need production-per-minute on this level if he wants to stay on the floor for the Magic.
Source: Orlando Magic Daily on Twitter
August 25, 2019, 8:29 pmVictor OladipoSG, Indiana Pacers
Victor Oladipo had little to say about his rehab process (ruptured quad tendon) at his basketball camp in Indiana.
We weren't expecting earth shattering details while Oladipo was busy overseeing his basketball camp, but more information about the Pacer would be most welcome. It is hard to know what you will get from Oladipo on draft day, but you have to figure someone in your league will be interested in taking a gamble on him. He is still not scrimmaging with other players, and whenever he does return to game action this season, it is unlikely he will resume being a top player in the early going.
Source: The Athletic
August 25, 2019, 8:08 pmBriante WeberPG, International
Briante Weber, after spending the end of last season with the Greek club Olympiacos, is joining the Metropolitians 92, based in Boulogne-Levallois, France.
Weber attended free agent mini-camps in June with the Raptors and Wolves, and spent time in the G-League last year, but has never been able to catch on long-term with an NBA team. He has had brief stops with several NBA squads over the years, so it is possible he could return to a roster at some point this season. There is nothing to see here in terms of fantasy though.
August 25, 2019, 7:54 pmRui HachimuraPF, Washington Wizards
Rui Hachimura showed off his scoring prowess with 31 points in Japan's comeback victory over Germany on Saturday.
After a nice string of Summer League performances, Rui Hachimura is continuing his strong play in FIBA World Cup exhibition games for Japan. He can clearly get his own look in the mid-range, and the rookie should get a chance to perform for the Wizards this year. Keep an eye on Hachimura's preseason opportunities, as the competition for the Wizards' power forward minutes isn't fierce. He could be worth a late-round flyer in standard league-drafts.
Source: Mike Schmitz on Twitter
August 25, 2019, 6:50 pmRobert CovingtonSF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Robert Covington (right knee) is not expected to have any limitations heading into training camp.
Covington had arthroscopic surgery in April after missing 47 games last season due to a bone bruise on his right knee.
Source: Chris Hine of the Star Tribune
August 25, 2019, 6:32 pmJeff TeaguePG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Jeff Teague (left ankle) is not expected to have any restrictions for training camp.
Teague had a left ankle debridement procedure in April to help alleviate inflammation. Teague's ankles have given him trouble throughout his career and he only played 42 games last season. With a clean bill of health Teague will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing season.
Source: Chris Hine of the Star Tribune
August 24, 2019, 11:09 pmDerrick WhitePG, San Antonio Spurs
Derrick White has reportedly passed the first concussion test after taking a nasty fall in Team USA's tuneup game vs. the Australian Boomers on Saturday.
This is good news. White has worked hard for his Team USA roster spot and should provide some guard depth for them once he clears concussion protocols. He was an eye-opener last season and should still hold some fantasy value despite the return of a now-healthy Dejounte Murray.
Source: Tom Orsborn on Twitter
August 24, 2019, 10:27 amKyle KuzmaPF, Los Angeles Lakers
Kyle Kuzma (sore left ankle) will not take part in the FIBA World Cup as Team USA announces its final roster.
Kuzma sat out Team USA's final tuneup against Australia on Saturday as Marc Stein reports that he is flying back to Los Angeles to get treatment. We should still expect him to be ready for training and congrats to Mason Plumlee for making the team as many speculated that he would be the final cut.
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter
August 24, 2019, 8:58 amKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker scored 22 points on 7-of-15 shooting with four rebounds with two assists as USA Basketball had it's 78-game winning streak in tournament and exhibition games snapped on Saturday.
Walker continues to assert himself as the team's best player but USA losing to Australia was the much bigger story in this one. Harrison Barnes also played well as he chipped in 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting to go with six rebounds. USA will take on Canada on Monday in their last exhibition before taking on the Czech Republic in the first official match of the tournament on September 1.