Friday, October 5, 2007

Mason Signing Draws Praise’s Jack McCallum gives a sunnier outlook on the Bucks’ offseason.
“Which team made the best under-the-radar free-agent signing?
The one signing that didn't get enough attention was Desmond Mason, a former Slam Dunk champion, returning to Milwaukee. I'm not suggesting it's a balance-of-power-changer in the East, but swingman Mason is a proven double-figure scorer who had his best pro season in Milwaukee in 2004-05 when he averaged 17.2 points per game. Combine the acquisition with their retention of guards Charlie Bell and Mo Williams, and the Bucks had a promising offseason. Now, if they can only find a way to make Yi Jianlian happy in Suds City ...”
Most of Bucks Nation seems pretty lukewarm on the reacquisition of Mason. His statistical drops in conventional numbers combined with a low, -4.9 Roland Rating last year have some wondering how much of a positive impact he’ll make.

Still, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Mason revert back to his Milwaukee form of years past. McCallum notes he had his best years here, and while personnel has changed a lot, it’s still the same city he was so comfortable in, and the up-tempo offense should suit him well.

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