Monday, July 23, 2007

Mason Back In Milwaukee

The Milwaukee Bucks have signed Desmond Mason to a two-year contract.

"We're really happy to be back in Milwaukee, and we're looking forward to what the future holds for us," Mason said.

The two-year deal is a good one because it keeps him in Milwaukee for ages 30-32, making it a good bet he’ll maintain his superior athleticism while here. This is important for a couple reasons. First, he’ll continue to thrive in the open court in what’s shaping up to be a fast, up-tempo team. Second, his defensive abilities aren’t likely to fade in the next two seasons. As a player who lacks in some areas, like outside shooting, Mason may struggle more than others when he slows. It’s reassuring that the Bucks locked him up for what should be his prime, still explosive years.

Mason lagged a bit the last two years in New Orleans, which is a little troubling. His free-throw shooting really dipped, all the way to .663 from .802 in his last season in Milwaukee.

Fluctuations like that in free-throw shooting are strange, and difficult to explain. It’s encouraging that his best years came in Milwaukee, where he was most comfortable and wanted to stay. Now back, Mason should again excel.

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