|Posted by shawn cassidy on March 15, 2013 at 5:30 AM|
It hasn't been any easy season for Brandon Bass. At one point he lost out to Jared Sullinger for the starting power forward gig, and he also lost out to Jason Collins for awhile when Doc moved KG back to power forward. I believe Bass is a back-up power forward in the NBA, but by default he gets the starting job. Last season Bass stepped in when Jermaine O'neal went down with another injury. Last year the Celtics didn't have the fire power as they do now. Green has stepped into Brandon's role from last season. Green's a scorer so he fills in perfectly.
Last season Bass averaged a career high 12.5 points per game, and this season he's at his lowest average in points since his third season when he averaged 8.3 points per game with the Mavs. Bass averaged a little above 8 points per game in his two seasons with Mavs as their 5th option. He's basically back to the type of role with the Celtics. I'm good with that. I don't care much about his scoring. I just want him to make the right pass, and to take the open shot when it comes. He can score, and I think he's passed on many good looks this season. When you look Green to Bass on the court lately. Green is playing bigger minutes, because he has more intangibles. Bass is playing five less minutes a night as well this season because of that.
When it comes to Bass, and what I expect, and want from him. I just want solid defense, and rebounding, with the a little better scoring. Maybe 10 a game instead of 7 or so points. The question on many fans minds is? Should Bass start over Green? I say he should at this point. All that matter is who plays the most minutes, and that will be Green. Losing Sully hurts because he should in there, but what can you do. Bass is down one rebound per game from last season, but he's also playing five less minutes per game. Bass is a player who feeds off of confidence, and he's very skilled, but he's not always confident for whatever reason. Bass in the last two games has played well, and he's averaging 10.5 points along with 6.5 rebounds per game. Perfect in 25-27 minutes of work. The Celtics need him, and without him the Celtics won't play him much in the playoffs.