Desmond Mason

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Desmond Mason
Desmond Mason.jpg
Mason with the Bucks
No. 24, 34
Shooting guard / Small forward
Personal information
Born (1977-10-11) October 11, 1977 (age 36)
Waxahachie, Texas
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (196 cm)
Listed weight 222 lb (101 kg)
Career information
High school Waxahachie (Waxahachie, Texas)
College Oklahoma State (1996–2000)
NBA draft 2000 / Round: 1 / Pick: 17th overall
Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics
Pro playing career 2000–2009
Career history
20002003 Seattle SuperSonics
20032005 Milwaukee Bucks
20052007 New Orleans Hornets
2007–2008 Milwaukee Bucks
2008–2009 Oklahoma City Thunder
2009 Sacramento Kings
Career highlights and awards

Desmond Tremaine Mason (born October 11, 1977) is a retired American professional basketball player. He was designated as a shooting guard and small forward. Mason has also found success as an artist, working in a variety of media.

Career[edit]

Desmond Mason was drafted out of Oklahoma State University by the Seattle SuperSonics with the 17th pick of the 2000 NBA Draft. In 2001, he became the first Seattle player in franchise history to win the NBA Slam Dunk Contest. He also finished second place in the 2003 contest behind Jason Richardson.[1] In 2003, he and Gary Payton were traded to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Ray Allen and Ronald "Flip" Murray. On October 26, 2005, he was traded along with a 2006 first-round draft pick to the New Orleans Hornets in exchange for Jamaal Magloire.[2] On July 23, 2007 Mason signed a contract with the Bucks after a two-season absence. Initially angry with Bucks general manager Larry Harris for trading him in 2005, Mason said he was happy to be back in Milwaukee.[2]

On August 13, 2008, Mason was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder (the relocated Seattle SuperSonics franchise) in a three-team, six-player deal involving the Thunder, the Milwaukee Bucks and the Cleveland Cavaliers, that sent Milwaukee's Mo Williams to Cleveland, Mason and Cleveland's Joe Smith to Oklahoma City, and Cleveland's Damon Jones and Oklahoma City's Luke Ridnour and Adrian Griffin to Milwaukee.[3] On September 17, 2009, Mason signed a contract with the Sacramento Kings at league minimum.[4] After playing in just five games (and starting 4), he was waived by the Kings.[5]

Media appearances[edit]

In February 2007, Mason recorded a hip-hop video called We Dem Hornets in which he gave an inspirational roll-call of the entire 2006–07 Hornets team. He said: "Brandon (Bass) and I write a lot on the bus... I wrote a song about the team and let them listen to it. I rapped it to them on the bus and on the plane and a lot of the guys really liked it. I tweaked it, cleaned it up, and went over to (videographer intern and son of head coach Byron Scott) Thomas Scott's house and we put it down and then they wanted to put a video to it. It was just for fun."[6] Commenting on the fact that the Hornets started to win after the video was shown, Mason commented: "I think it went over well. They showed it in the locker room and everybody liked it, all of the players liked it. It was done well and (the highlights) fit together really well."[6]

Physical attributes[edit]

  • Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
  • Weight: 222 lb (100 kg)
  • Wingspan: 7'0"
  • Vertical leap: 38 inches[7][8]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2000–01 Seattle 78 14 19.5 .431 .269 .736 3.2 .8 .5 .3 5.9
2001–02 Seattle 75 20 32.3 .464 .271 .848 4.7 1.4 .9 .4 12.4
2002–03 Seattle 52 15 34.8 .436 .291 .740 6.4 1.8 .9 .4 14.1
2002–03 Milwaukee 28 25 34.0 .474 .294 .765 6.7 2.4 .7 .4 14.8
2003–04 Milwaukee 82 31 30.9 .472 .231 .769 4.4 1.9 .7 .3 14.4
2004–05 Milwaukee 80 71 36.2 .443 .125 .802 3.9 2.7 .7 .3 17.2
2005–06 New Orleans/Oklahoma City 70 55 30.0 .399 .167 .682 4.3 .9 .6 .2 10.8
2006–07 New Orleans/Oklahoma City 75 75 34.3 .452 .000 .663 4.6 1.5 .7 .3 13.7
2007–08 Milwaukee 59 56 28.8 .482 .000 .659 4.3 2.1 .7 .5 9.7
2008–09 Oklahoma City 39 19 27.3 .435 .000 .541 4.0 1.2 .4 .8 7.5
2009–10 Sacramento 5 4 13.2 .417 .000 .750 2.6 .4 .2 .2 2.6
Career 643 385 30.5 .449 .260 .740 4.5 1.6 .7 .4 12.1

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2002 Seattle 5 5 41.0 .421 .333 .588 6.2 1.8 .8 .4 11.8
2003 Milwaukee 6 6 34.0 .509 .000 .710 7.0 .8 1.0 .7 13.0
2004 Milwaukee 5 5 39.6 .338 .000 .846 4.8 2.4 .8 .4 14.4
Career 16 16 37.9 .414 .111 .730 6.1 1.6 .9 .5 13.1

Artwork[edit]

Mason majored in studio art in college, and at one point considered becoming an art teacher.[9] He works with a variety of media, such as oil paint, acrylic paint, watercolors, and ceramics.[10] In 2004, he founded the Desmond Mason Art Show, which supports a variety of charitable organizations.[11] His works have been on display at museums and galleries, such as the Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum.[10]

Mason has been described as an abstract expressionist. "I paint by emotion so everything I create is a piece of me to some extent," he said in 2013.[12]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ NBA.com: Desmond Mason bio
  2. ^ a b Mason says he's happy to be back in Milwaukee July 23, 2007
  3. ^ Cavaliers Acquire Williams in Three-Team Trade, August 13, 2008
  4. ^ http://www.nba.com/kings/news/press_release_0917092.html
  5. ^ Kings waive G/F Mason
  6. ^ a b Mason Delivers Unique Motivational ‘Speech’
  7. ^ DraftExpress: Pre Draft Measurements
  8. ^ Highest Vertical Leap World Records
  9. ^ FORMER NBA STANDOUT DESMOND MASON SHOWING ARTISTIC SIDE
  10. ^ a b Desmond Mason's "Generation Next: Chapter Two" art exhibit opens Friday at Oklahoma Heritage Museum
  11. ^ About D. Mason
  12. ^ Mason releases first edition prints, art book

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