Brandon Bass: 7 Reasons Someone Will Pry Him Away from Boston
Power forward Bass is one of the more proven, productive power forwards in the 2012 free agency market. Along with Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, and J.J. Hickson, Bass was one of the top free agents at the position on the July 1 start date.
Bass was an integral part of the Celtics' playoff run last season and had a solid Game 7 in spite of the conference finals loss to the Miami Heat.
These are the seven reasons why the Celtics must be fearful that other teams will come in and take Bass away from Boston.
Has Two Years of Experience as a Starter
The 31.7 minutes per game Brandon Bass averaged last season was a career-high and, more importantly, it was one in which his production had his team a game away from an NBA Finals.
His experience as a starter in the league is going to be the one factor that could separate him from the rest of the power forwards in free agency. Teams now know that he can produce consistently as a starter and put up production with big-time minutes.
Bass is a strong-willed tough cookie and will leave it all on the floor when he's in a game. There are a lot of players that will play with that same tenacity, yet it's not every day that a player can play over 30 minutes per game and consistently deliver that physicality.
Teams using this offseason's free agency market that need a power forward will undoubtedly look at Bass, knowing he is ready to give teams starter's minutes when called upon.
A Sound Rebounder, Scoring Threat
Brandon Bass might be physical in the paint on both ends of the floor, but truthfully this is a finesse type of player.
He rebounds the ball well on the defensive end and can score in multiple ways offensively. The arsenal this player brings with him on both sides of the floor is tremendous and will be a significant asset to any team that offers him a deal.
Last season with the Celtics, Bass averaged 12.5 points and 6.2 rebounds in just over 31 minutes per game. These are especially solid numbers when considering this was only the second season that Bass has been a starter in the league and still has yet to start an entire season.
Played for a Championship Contender
Having played for a team that was one game away from an NBA Finals appearance, teams will have to put Bass in a greater light.
Bass was a starter for the team during its playoff run and helped the Celtics to a 3-2 lead over the Miami Heat. In Game 7, his breakout first-half performance had the team up at halftime with a chance to take the series.
Based on his solid playoff production, averaging 11.1 points and 5.3 rebounds in the postseason while committing 0.8 of a turnover per contest, there is no question he can help teams win now.
Other playoff and championship contenders out there will give Bass strong consideration this offseason if they believe he can use this experience to help their respective teams compete for titles.
Just 27 Years Old
One of the most integral factors for any GM or head coach to consider is age and, at 27 years old, Bass is a younger talent that can give a team up to eight more years of solid production.
In spite of his youth, he also has seven years of experience under his belt, as inexperience is irrelevant here.
A team that wants to win now and for the next five to eight seasons ought to take a long, hard look at this talented free agent.
Far from Careless, Doesn't Make Mistakes
For a guy who grabs roughly six to seven rebounds, shoots nearly 11 times and plays over 31 minutes per game, Bass can sure play mistake-free basketball.
Last season with the Celtics, in spite of the countless touches Bass had on both ends he averaged just 1.1 turnovers per contest. This was 0.2 lower than his average in the 2010-11 season with the Orlando Magic in five minutes less per game.
With a guy who likes to shoot the ball, is scrappy defensively and can pass well out of the post, teams can expect those players to commit turnovers three to four times a game. The fact Bass seldom does so is surely a factor teams have to consider.
Plays Both Ends of the Floor
It's not every day a player attempts to challenge LeBron James on the perimeter defensively, knocks down mid-range jumpers and protects the glass all at the same time.
Bass is a special PF in that he can play defense as well as offense. As basic as this might seem, it is quite difficult to find talents who can commit both effort and production on each end of the hardwood. His versatility is exactly what makes Bass such an attractive acquisition.
Although Bass won't dominate you in one asset of the game, it's the fact that he can do a little bit of everything that can make a difference for a team's chances.
Spreads the Floor Offensively, a Smooth Touch
Brandon Bass is notorious for his ability to knockdown the mid-range jumper. It is undoubtedly his biggest asset as a free agent.
His consistency between 10-20 feet from the basket is unmatched by most at the power forward position. Adding a player like Bass allows teams more driving room offensively, as well as cutting lanes for other players. Not to mention, rebounding becomes all the more difficult for the opposition when their PF is playing 15-20 feet from the basket.
What's more impressive? Bass shot the ball 47.9 percent from the field. Considering Bass is a finesse, shoot-first big man, the shooting percentage is especially high.
Bass helped the Celtics exponentially in this regard as the Celtics were able to play a small-ball style that made for solid point production for the team after Jermaine O'Neal went down.