|Full name||Anthony George Douglas Mason|
|birthday||December 14, 1966|
|place of birth||Miami , United States|
|date of death||February 28, 2015|
|Place of death||Manhattan , United States|
|position||Small forward / power forward|
|NBA draft||1988 , 53rd Pick, Portland Trail Blazers|
|Clubs as active|
|1988–1989 Marinos de Oriente 1989 Efes Pilsen Istanbul 1989–1990 New Jersey Nets 1990 Denver Nuggets 1990–1991 Tulsa Fast Breakers ( CBA ) 1991–1996 New York Knicks 1996–2000 Charlotte Hornets 2000–2001 Miami Heat 2001–2003 Milwaukee Bucks
Anthony George Douglas Mason (born December 14, 1966 in Miami , Florida - † February 28, 2015 in Manhattan , New York ) was an American basketball player . He was active for the New Jersey Nets , Denver Nuggets , New York Knicks , Charlotte Hornets , Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks in the National Basketball Association (NBA).
Mason was selected 53rd by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 1988 NBA Draft , but was not included in the roster. Instead, Mason played in Turkey first. He soon returned to the US, but played no role in either the Nets or the Nuggets. His breakthrough came in 1991 when Head Coach Pat Riley brought him to the New York Knicks . Mason established himself as a valuable substitute player who received over 25 minutes of playing time per game and now came to 10 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists per game.
Although Mason was strictly a " tweener " who was too slow for the small forward position and too small for the power forward position, he made up for it with his skill level and his tough defense. A crowd favorite under Riley, Mason made headlines by often having logos and messages shaved into his hair. In 1995 he won the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award for best substitute in the NBA.
In 1996, Mason was traded to the Charlotte Hornets and had his prime there. In 1997 he was elected to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team and the All-NBA Third Team . In 2001 he was elected to the NBA All-Star Game wearing the Miami Heat jersey . In the fall of his career, Mason moved to Miami and Milwaukee before ending his career in 2003.
After suffering a serious heart attack in early February 2015, Anthony Mason was admitted to NYU Langone Medical Center in the Manhattan borough of New York . There was one heart failure diagnosed. Despite several operations, he did not recover. He died in the early morning of February 28, 2015 at the age of 48.
- 2001 NBA All-Star
- NBA All-Defensive Second Team 1997
- All-NBA Third Team 1997
- NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award 1995
- Anthony Mason - player profile on NBA.com
- Anthony Mason - player profile on basketball-reference.com
- Bruce Weber: Anthony Mason, Bruising Knicks Forward, Dies at 48. In: The New York Times, February 28, 2015 (English, accessed March 1, 2015).
- nypost.com: Anthony Mason suffers 'massive heart attack' article from February 11, 2015 (English)
- spox.com: Former Knicks star Mason died Article dated February 28, 2015
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Mason, Anthony George Douglas|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||American basketball player|
|DATE OF BIRTH||December 14, 1966|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Miami , Florida|
|DATE OF DEATH||February 28, 2015|
|Place of death||Manhattan , New York|