Frank Mason III has quickly become one of the most promising young players on the Sacramento Kings. The 23-year-old rookie point guard has displayed a comfortable demeanor on an NBA floor that has caught the attention of Kings fans, his teammates and coaches.
Head coach Dave Joerger recently called him a “stud muffin”, complimenting his toughness, playmaking ability and shooting.
Mason is averaging 8.1 points, 3.2 assists, 2 rebounds, and shooting 39 percent from the field and 43 percent from three. He has scored in double digits in seven of the team’s last 12 games.
Following Tuesday’s win over the Phoenix Suns, Mason spoke to Sactown Royalty and other media for a few minutes about how he approaches the game and more.
What motivates you when you get on the court?
I just want to win, honestly. Just out there trying to do everything I can to help put my team in a position to win. So, part of that is taking pride in defense, taking everything personal – when guys get inside of our paint, and the little things like that. Other than that, just staying ready to play.
Sean Cunningham of ABC10: What’s the mindset like when you are in the game, even if you came off the bench, when you are there to finish out a game? How much does it mean?
It means a lot, just 15, 20 games ago I was in a position where I wasn’t even seeing the floor, so just to be out there and just trying to do whatever I can do to help my team get the win, and that’s a really good feeling.
Has this season been what you expected when you came into the league?
I expected to be on the court, and I am on the court now.
You had a close relationship with coach [Bill] Self, how is your relationship with coach Joerger and are their coaching styles similar in any way?
I think they are both two pretty good coaches. I miss playing at Kansas, but now I’m on the next level so I focus on my coach now. I think coach Joerger does a pretty good job of getting us ready as a team and moving forward. We have to take the game plans, execute it and play really hard.
What is your relationship with De’Aaron [Fox] like? Are you guys sort of challenging each other?
I’m challenging everybody on the team, make everybody better. It’s not me and De’Aaron challenging each other, we’re playing to win for the team. But it’s pretty cool, you know, it’s fun playing with a guy that’s quick like him, athletic and he’s young so he’s only going to grow. So, hope the best for his future.
Sean Cunningham of ABC10: How much do you guys need to see him [George Hill] kind of look for shots or be aggressive?
Whenever he is out there. You saw what he did tonight [18 points on 6/9 from the field, 7 rebounds and 3 assists]. Pretty good shooter, play maker and he’s a good vet. Always brining good energy and it’s good to see him play really well.
What are your thoughts on Sacramento and living here?
I think it’s a pretty cool city. They’re adding new things downtown every year so it gives it a little bit more excitement. They have some pretty good restaurants around here. I think it’s great for a rookie, as opposed to being in L.A., where you could probably get into much more trouble. So, it’s a pretty good place.