Well known for his accomplishments at the collegiate level, Frank Mason stood tall as the Consensus National College Player of the Year and Bob Cousy award winner at Kansas back in 2017. Some very notable names earned such honors before him and went on to accomplish big things and see success at the next level. Needless to say, there were some big shoes to fill. Nevertheless, every journey is different so it was up to Mason to figure out a way to carve his own path to the pros and build on such progress.
Following a year in the NBA G League, it’s safe to say earning MVP honors isn’t a bad stepping stone. After two seasons with the Sacramento Kings, Mason assumed Two-Way Player status with the Milwaukee Bucks this season. Being looked at as a leader on the court led to much of that collegiate level confidence returning and Mason was able to take the minor league by storm. He led all players in scoring with 26.4 points per game on a 50/43/82 shooting clip. He was one of just two players (the other being Stephan Hicks of the Mad Ants) to boast a 50/40/80 shooting clip on the NBA G League campaign.
Wisconsin’s offense ran through its talented scorer, which meant Mason’s prowess attracted immense defensive pressure and it was up to him to identify opportunities to put the ball in the basket, and/or when to defer to the other offensive talent around him. With additional averages of 5 assists and 1.1 steals, Mason was an unselfish player who found ways to hold his own on both ends of the floor.
Mason tallied 30 points or more on seven different occasions this season, with his season-high 44 points coming in a win over Grand Rapids on February 19. He knocked down at least 4 shots from deep in ten games, and dished out at least 8 assists in three different games. Mason is undeniably a talented scorer, but he made sure to demonstrate his versatility. On December 5, he logged a 25 point, 9 assist, 7 rebound effort in a win over the Red Claws, Such a victory was in the midst of a five game winning streak, one of Wisconsin’s two winning streaks of five games or more on the year. Mason won the NBA G League Player of the Month award in February and at the time of the season’s suspension, the Herd stood atop of league standings with a 33-10 mark.
Where does Mason go from here? What else will he accomplish? That remains to be seen, but the way he splashed onto the NBA G League scene this season is arguably the best evidence that he’s ready and able to continue making big time contributions, perhaps with the Bucks, sooner than later.