NBA Draft 2017 Prospect Watch: Frank Mason III

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Fit with the Bucks

Having just had great success drafting a highly decorated, older, senior prospect in Malcolm Brogdon last year, there’d be an element of the familiar about the Bucks opting for a prospect like Mason in the second round.

Smart, determined and hard-working with plenty of high-level experience already behind him, Mason does have a number of similar characteristics in terms of personality, but it’s what makes the two different as players that could be really intriguing for the Bucks.

While Brogdon and Matthew Dellavedova offer solid 3-and-D point guard options, both men are lacking the ability to change things up with their play off the dribble. At times last season the Bucks were crying out for a guard who could up the tempo and offer a change of pace, and Mason certainly fits that bill.

Having a guard who has to be respected for their own ability to put the ball on the floor and get to the basket should create more space for the likes of Giannis Antetokounmpo, but also for Milwaukee’s three-point shooters on kick-out opportunities.

Beyond that, in offering something a little different, Mason still doesn’t give up anything in terms of the shooting ability of Milwaukee’s guard corps. In fact, Mason is comfortably the best shooter of the three coming out of college.

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Mason has a proven track record and a personality that suggest he’ll do all that he can to succeed. His age means there isn’t a ton of upside, but if he can come in and play at the kind of level he showed himself to be capable of in college, he’d be an excellent addition.