In the 2nd Round of the 2017 NBA Draft, the Sacramento Kings have selected PG Frank Mason III with the 34th pick from the University of Kansas. This is a steal for the Kings as Mason will likely be the 2nd string backup to Darren Collison. This might have been the biggest steal tonight as Mason is very underrated.
Even though he won the 2017 John Wooden Award, Mason was projected to be a 2nd round pick in which he was. It is largely due to him being undersized at his position being 6’0″. Although he’s small, Mason is a great floor general. At Kansas, he was the main ball handler setting up his teammates for easy buckets. Judging by his 5.2 assists per game, it is a sign Mason will produce quickly for the Kings.
Frank will also bring shooting to the Kings. Shooting 49% and 47% from three (last two seasons at Kansas), Mason will be a great opinion being a great scorer. His ability to score in multiple ways will be a huge plus for Sacramento.
Being the heart and soul for Kansas, Mason is very known for his leadership skills. His hard-working mentality will be very valuable to the squad as the Kings need serious help with leadership. With being drafted in the 2nd Round, it will be motivation for Mason as he will look to make his mark in the league this upcoming season.
Bottom line, this is a great move for the Kings. They can have Mason come off the bench and bring in toughness, ballhandling and all-around shooting. Sure he is undersized, but you can not deny Mason will pour his heart out in every game he plays like he did when he was at Kansas.
The Kings add another good player into their already stacked 2017 draft class along with De’Aaron Fox, Justin Jackson and Harry Giles, who were drafted earlier in the 1st Round. Maybe trading DeMarcus Cousins was not so bad after all. Well done Sacramento.