Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Knicks Continue Overhaul, Sign Roger Mason

The New York Knicks have reached an agreement with free agent shooting guard Roger Mason.

The Breakdown
Mason is the latest piece the Knicks have added in an offseason where they've dramatically altered their roster. With all the changes, it's not completely clear how they plan to use Mason. More than likely, Mason will get regular minutes off the bench at shooting guard. Either Wilson Chandler or Kelenna Azubuike will by the likely starter, but whichever of those two comes off the bench will probably be used at small forward. This should free up Mason for a regular rotation role. Although there's a chance Mason could end up the starter, I don't see it as very likely.

Mason has great fantasy potential if he does indeed get regular playing time. He'll be coming from the Spurs, one of the slower paced teams in the league, to Mike D'Antoni's uptempo offense. This should not only give Mason more opportunities to pad his stats, but also tons of three-point attempts. New York was second in the league last season in threes attempted and that shouldn't change much this coming year.

Mason is a great sleeper candidate this season. Mason fits perfectly in New York's playing style, so I'm confident he'll get regular minutes. He still remains strictly a deep league option, but he's certainly someone who could end up outperforming his average draft position. Mason has the potential to return to his 2008-09 form, where he averaged 11.8 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 2 threes with great percentages.

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