Kansas basketball: Frank Mason deserves another shot in the NBA

Kansas basketball alum Frank Mason with the Bucks. (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images)
Kansas basketball alum Frank Mason with the Bucks. (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images) /

Since joining the Wisconsin Herd in the G League, Kansas basketball’s Frank Mason has proven that he has what it takes to be on an NBA roster.

Frank Mason is a legend of Kansas basketball. He’s one of the most decorated Jayhawks have all time, and he’ll certainly end up in the rafter if Allen Fieldhouse here before too long. Here are just a few of Mason’s accolades and stats with Kansas:

  • 2017 Consensus National College Player of the Year
  • 2017 Bob Cousy Award
  • 2017 Consensus first-team All-American
  • 2017 Big 12 Player of the Year

After his career with KU basketball came to a close, Mason was drafted No. 34 overall by the Sacramento Kings in the 2017 NBA Draft. He spent two seasons with the Kings until he was waived by the organization in July of 2019.

Later in July, Mason signed a two-way contract with the Milwaukee Bucks. A two-way contract is a sort of “hybrid” contract that allows a player to spend a maximum of 45 days on the NBA team’s roster and the rest with the G League affiliate.

During the 2019-20 G League season, Mason averaged a league-leading 26.4 points per game in addition to five assists per game. With his stellar play, Mason led the Wisconsin Herd to a 33-10 record, the best in the league.

Unfortunately, the rest of the season has been suspended due to COVID-19, and it sounds like it’ll be canceled altogether. Wisconsin was bound for the playoffs, so the lack of exposure doesn’t help his case. Still, Mason’s success in the league is undeniable.

He’s only 26 years old, and Mason’s got a ton of upside potential. By leading the entire G League in points per game, Mason has sent a message to NBA GMs that he’s more than deserving of another chance in the NBA whether it’s with the Bucks or another organization.

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Frank Mason can ball, Kansas basketball fans already knew that and now NBA executives do too. Hopefully, Mason will be on a fulltime NBA contract for the 2020-21 NBA season. He certainly deserves it after his dominating 2019-20 season.