|Posted by celtsfan on December 1, 2013 at 3:55 PM|
Bass may not get his stats every night, but he'll give max effort and sometimes play as the anchor of the Celtics defense. Bass owns the best defensive rating on the team as the Celtics allow 98.1 points per 100 possessions when he's on the court. Bass hasn't seemed like a shot blocker, or a big rebound guy, but his efforts on the floor have the geek numbers right where they should be.
Bass also tops the team in points allowed per possession, giving up 0.694 points per play, according to Synergy Sports data. That ranks him in the 90th percentile among all NBA players, but narrow it down to those with at least 150 possessions defended and Bass ranks fifth in the NBA behind only Roy Hibbert, Tiago Splitter, Serge Ibaka and Chris Paul.
Here's the more impressive number: Opponents score against Bass on a mere 32.1 percent of total possessions. Bass is exceptional at limiting his shooting fouls (only 3.6 percent of total possessions defended), which drives his score percentage down. Only Splitter (31.9 percent) has better numbers of those over the 150-possessions threshold. Opponents are shooting just 34.6 percent overall against Bass this season.
Can Bass make the All-Defensive team this season? I think it's possible.