The one-time hometown hero and fan favorite returned home, back to the Wizards, this month on a one year contract.
In his previous two year stint with the Wizards, Mason was a sharp-shooting bench option—particularly during the 2007-2008 season. After leaving the Wizards, he went on to spend two seasons in San Antonio before spending an unproductive season with the New York Knicks last year. Now he returns to his hometown as a veteran leader on this Wizards team full of young players.
At 31 years of age and not having played significant minutes in two years, Mason’s value to the Wizards will be as a steadying veteran presence in the locker room. When he does get on the court, he’ll have to make the most of it, as his opportunities will likely be limited. The Wizards don’t have a lot of strong points to the roster right now, but depth in the back court is certainly one of them.
Nick Young is still out on the market as a restricted free agent and may or may not be back, but John Wall, Jordan Crawford, and rookie Shelvin Mack all are already ahead of Mason in the rotation. If Nick Young does in fact return, that’ll even further reduce his on-court value.
The Good Counsel High School alum will once again be a fan favorite, just as he was four years ago. However, while he averaged over 21 minutes per game then, expect that number to be cut in half this season.
Limited minutes, little on-court value, declining career, or whatever else there is to say about Roger Mason Jr., we can all agree that it’s nice to have him back where he belongs: home.
Welcome back, Roger.
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