Desmond Mason

Drafted #17 in the 2000 NBA Draft by the Sonics
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
Weight: 222 lbs (101 kg)
Position: SF
High School: Waxahachie High School (Texas)
Hometown: Waxahachie, TX
College: Oklahoma St
Current Team: Oklahoma St
Win - Loss: 12 - 20


NBA Scouting Reports, Central Division (Part Two)

Matt Williams
Matt Williams
Apr 29, 2008, 01:32 am
Overview: A freakish athlete who can still get by on his unbelievable physical merits. Good size and strength for a shooting guard. Ridiculous vertical leap. One of the most impressive dunkers in the game today. Fast and quick as well. Gets by on those traits alone at this point. May be a worse shooter now than when he entered the League. Abandoned that part of his game in recent seasons. Scores some points as a finisher or from the midrange. Solid defensively. Shot a pretty good percentage from the outside as a senior at Oklahoma State. Improved in that aspect of the game in each of his collegiate seasons. Not an NBA 3-point shooter, though, does not even attempt them now. Recent hand injury won’t help. Shows great character and is very active in the community. Good in locker room, but still trying to recapture his success on the court.

Offense: Does most of his damage in the post at this point, but also gets some spot, transition, and one-on-one opportunities. Displays essentially no catch and shoot game anymore. Only takes shots off the dribble inside the arc, and proves to be effective despite the lack of consistency his shooting form yields. Pretty average as a ball handler, and likes to go right. Uses his athleticism to his advantage in the post. Can get position and elevate over the outreached hands of defenders effortlessly. Tends to turn over his left shoulder to the point that he’s rather predictable. Doesn’t show great touch in the post, but makes some tough shots. Very good in transition due to his ability to run the floor. One of the most explosive finishers in the game. Will dunk everything when he gets a step to the rim. Solid offensive rebounder. Has had a harder time on the offensive end recently. Scoring is down, but efficiency is up, as is his assist to turnover ratio.

Defense: A capable defender who can make plays by virtue of his tremendous athleticism. Will block some shots and deflect some passes due to his explosiveness and amazing leaping ability. Will give a solid effort defensively, but could a great defender if he truly dedicated himself to that end. Could be much more active as a rebounder given his athleticism.


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