Former KU All-American Frank Mason III added to 76ers Summer League roster | Tale of Tait


Milwaukee Bucks guard Frank Mason III (15) walks past Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) in the second half of an NBA basketball game on Monday, March 9, 2020, in Denver.

by AP Photo / David Zalubowski

Former Kansas point guard Frank Mason’s journey through the NBA landed him an opportunity with the Philadelphia 76ers Summer League team.

Mason, the former National College Basketball Player of the Year and 2020 G League MVP with the Milwaukee Bucks organization, gets another shot at Philadelphia.

There’s a long way to go before Mason is high in the conversation about full-time membership in the NBA Sixers roster. But even a two-part deal with one of the best teams in the East would be seen as a major milestone for the fifth-year point guard.

Mason played for three teams in his first four professional seasons – two with Sacramento, which drafted him No. 34 overall in the 2017 NBA Draft, and one with Milwaukee and Orlando.

Mason earned just over $ 2.5 million for his first two seasons in Sacramento before signing two-way contracts with the Bucks and Magic in the years that followed.

With the Bucks, Mason only appeared in nine games while playing in the G League for Wisconsin Herd.

With the Magic, Mason only played four games before an injury derailed what appeared to be a path to more playing time with the NBA club.

So now it’s an opportunity with the Sixers. If successful, Mason could find the star of the 76ers, Joel Embiid, with whom he played a season in Kansas in the first year.

Even though this latest Summer League opportunity doesn’t result in a contract with the Sixers, Mason essentially auditions for the other 29 teams in the league. His mix of poise, tenacity and intelligence makes him an attractive option for just about any team looking for playmaking depth.

In 90 games with the Kings, Mason averaged 7 points, 3 assists and 2 rebounds in 15.8 minutes per game. While those numbers didn’t lead to a long-term stay in the California capital, Mason has often shown that, when in good health, he has what it takes to compete at this level.

At 27, former great Jayhawk still has some time to prove he can stay in the league. Shining with the Phily’s Summer League team in Las Vegas would be a good first step for the chance to do so.

Philadelphia opens the Summer League game on August 9 against Dallas.

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