New Orleans Hornets Sign Roger Mason Jr
Mason Jr. has spent time on 4 different teams in his 8 year career, playing for the Washington Wizards (twice), Chicago Bulls, Toronto Raptors, and San Antonio Spurs. Hornets fans may recall Mason Jr. knocking down plenty of 3 pointers when he was in San Antonio from 2008 to 2010. While in West Texas, Mason spent time with Hornets General Manager Dell Demps who worked in San Antonio's front office at the time. Also, Hornets assistant general manager Tim Connelly, the former director of player personnel for the Wizards, worked with Mason Jr. in D.C.
Outside shooting is Mason's calling card. As a 6'5, 31 year old combo guard out of Virginia, Roger has taken many jumpshots in his career. His overall numbers are average at best. He's a career 38.1% shooter from 3 point land and 40.6% shooter overall. In fact, Mason's shooting numbers bare a striking resemblance to former Hornets shooting guard Marco Belinelli.
Mason Jr. uses his size on defense to front defenders, but he struggles in lateral movement. His lack of quickness hurts him on that end of the floor. However, he's a good ball handler and can knock down the occasional long range J to help spread the floor.
As he told the Washington Post, Mason Jr. has been in contact with the Hornets for awhile, and is excited to continue his NBA career in the Crescent City.
“I’m excited. They told me from the start that they wanted me. They stayed in touch. They have a clear role for me, as far as me not just being a veteran leader, but a guy that can contribute on the court,” Mason said in a telephone interview. “I just love the direction the franchise is going. So I’m looking forward to heading down there.
“You’ve got to remember, last year, Eric Gordon was hurt the whole year. He’s an all-star type of player. You’ve got Anthony Davis, who’s shown flashes during the Olympics, that he’s going to be a very, very solid player this year. And a lot of young guys that can play,” Mason said. “It’s an exciting team and I think it’s a great opportunity for me, to give some knowledge that I’ve learned and also contribute on the court.”
Mason Jr. knows what it's like to play next to a rookie number one overall draft pick. The last two seasons he's played next to John Wall in Washington.
He will likely be Eric Gordon's primary backup at the 2 spot, while bringing a veteran prescence to one of the youngest teams in the league.