The Boston Celtics got a steal in their trade of the big shot in the big game capable, but maddeningly immature and inconsistent Glen Davis to Orlando for the misused power forward Brandon Bass. Bass would have a career year in Boston averaging 12.5 points and 6 rebounds a game. Bass was both a professional and could be counted on for double figures in scoring despite usually being the team’s fourth or fifth scoring option at times. Bass only made four million last season, but after a career season he will clearly not exercise his player option for the same rate and test the free agent market. Boston Celtics President Danny Ainge should do everything in his power to keep him.
The fact is it was not just the offensive production that Bass had, but the way he scored. He quickly formed a working relationship with point guard Rajon Rondo and became one of his favorite toys to play with. Bass moved very well without the ball to get open and of course Rondo found him. Multiple times a game Rondo would drive the lane and either dish to Bass in the paint for an easy power dunk or kick the ball out to Bass for an easy elbow jump shot. The fact is if you are building the team around Rondo than it only makes sense to bring back a guy that was clearly clicking with Rondo on the court.
Bass was also a solid defender. He grasped the Celtics defensive system quickly and turned into one of the better help defenders on the team. Despite being short in height for a power forward, Bass would use his wider frame, long arms, as well as solid basketball sense to beat his man to a spot to make a man work for his points.
I am not saying that Bass is worth stupid money. However, a raise is in order and I hope that raise comes from Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics. If they keep Bass around, he will only get better every year as Rondo figures out more ways to get him open looks for easy scores. Stay tuned for more on this story. Remember Go Green Or Go Home!!!!!!!