Brandon Bass Fishes for A Spot In Orlando's Starting Lineup

Mike SpringerContributor IMarch 12, 2010

ORLANDO, FL - NOVEMBER 11:  J.J. Hickson #21 of the Cleveland Cavaliers puts up a shot under pressure over Brandon Bass #30 of the Orlando Magic during the game on November 11, 2009 at Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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It might have taken Brandon Bass until March, but the 24-year-old forward has worked his way into the Orlando Magic's lineup and is now making a run for a spot in their starting rotation.

Since leaving Dallas last summer to sign a four-year, $18 million contract with Orlando, Bass has struggled to fit in. 

The fifth-year man out of LSU had 28 DNPs in his first five months with the Orlando. But in March, Bass' luck began to change.

As his minutes increased, so did his production, as Bass averaged 7.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, and one block per game.                                                                                                                      

Bass gives the Magic another defensive presence down low, something the team has lacked with incumbent starter Rashard Lewis , whose deteriorating skills have caused his production to drop to just 14 points, two assists, and 4.5 rebounds per game in March.                   

The bulky, 6'8" 250lb Bass adds a physical presence to the Magic, which they will need when they face off against the Celtics, Cavs, and Lakers come April.

Bass’ performance during Orlando's seven-game win-streak has cemented his spot in the Magic's lineup. Now it's just a question of how much longer Orlando can afford to keep him on the bench.