Anthony Mason (basketball)

Anthony George Douglas Mason ( born December 14, 1966 in Miami, Florida, United States) is a former professional basketball player for the New Jersey Nets, Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, Charlotte Hornets, Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association. The 2.01 meter tall Mason played the positions of the small forward and power forward.

Mason was drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers at 53rd in the NBA Draft in 1988, but was not included in the squad. Instead, Mason first played in Turkey. He soon returned to the U.S., but played no role either with the Nets still with the Nuggets. His breakthrough came in 1991 when Guru took him coach Pat Riley to the New York Knicks. Mason established himself as a valuable substitute player per game over 25 minutes playing time and was now arrived per game to 10 points, 8 rebounds and 3 templates. Although Mason was, strictly speaking, a " tweener ", the forward position was for the small forward position too slow and too small for the power, he made it through his skill level and through his tough defense up for it. Under Riley Mason was a crowd favorite and made ​​headlines by often logos and messages had to shave his hair. In 1995, he won the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award as the best substitute the NBA.

Let 1996 Mason trade to the Hornets, where he had his best years. In 1997 he was voted into the All- Defense team and the All-Star team both. In the autumn of his career, Mason changed hands to Miami and Milwaukee, before 2003 ended his career.

Mason's son Anthony Mason Jr. is currently a promising player from St. John's University (New York).