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Roger Mason Jr. Gives New Orleans Hornets Efficient Shooting Off Bench

Roger Mason Jr New Orleans Hornets

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The stories that have encircled the 2012-2013 NBA season for the New Orleans Hornets have been the emergence of rookie Anthony Davis, the three-point shooting of Ryan Anderson, and the saga that comes with the enigmatic Eric Gordon. However, one thing that’s been overlooked for New Orleans is how solid 32-year-old veteran Roger Mason Jr. has played for the Hornets in limited minutes, particularly with his shooting efficiency.

Mason is in his ninth season in the NBA and has bounced around the league, playing for six different teams over his career including two separate stints with the Washington Wizards. Given that résumé, it’s not hard to believe that he hasn’t had the most successful of runs in the Association.

For his career, Mason has appeared in just 484 games and has averaged just 18.1 minutes per game. He’s also averaged just 6.6 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game and has shot just 41 percent from the field from his career. His most impressive career-statistic is easily that he’s maintained a three-point percentage of 38.4.

As a member of the Hornets this season, Mason hasn’t been a focal-point of their team, playing just 18.1 minutes per game. He’s also averaging just 5.7 points, two rebounds and one assist per game this year. However, what’s most impressive about this season for Mason is that he’s shooting a career-high 45.2 percent from the field and has the second-highest three-point percentage of his career, shooting 41.8 percent.

By no means is Mason looking like an All-Star or getting noticed by everyone in the league. However, he’s been a valuable player for the struggling Hornets this season because he’s been able to come off the bench and make shots with relatively solid efficiency. It may not be much, but it’s been helpful for the Hornets.

Cody Williams is a Senior NBA Writer with Rant Sports. Follow Cody on Twitter @TheSizzle20 and like his Facebook page.