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The Boston Celtics acquired Brandon Bass last year in a trade with the Orlando Magic that saw the team trade long time fan favorite Glen Davis to Orlando. The trade worked out great for the team last season as the Celtics got a great year out of Bass. He was a great fit last season, especially on the offensive end. The Celtics have always valued spacing on offense and paired with Kevin Garnett, they had arguably the best perimeter shooting front court in the NBA. Garnett is one of the best shooting big men of all time and Bass was very consistent from the perimeter all of last season.
This season has been an absolutely train wreck for Bass. He can no longer make a jump shot and he consistently gets burned on the defensive end. He also has a really annoying tendency to always jump on pump fakes when guarding an opposing player. He never holds his ground. He has also been atrocious on the defensive glass, averaging only five rebounds a game. You cannot have a 6’8 power forward averaging five rebounds a game playing over twenty minutes a night. That is simply not acceptable under any circumstance.
It is tough to say what head coach Doc Rivers should do with Bass. The team gave him a healthy contract last season so it would be a tough pill to swallow to simply not play him. That would never be a serious option anyway. Rivers should still play him, just not as much. Jared Sullinger should be playing more than Bass because he is a better player, especially on the defensive end.
The Celtics have gotten an awful season from Bass so far and they need him to improve his level of play.