Interesting fact that I bet you didn’t know: When you search Google Images for “Brandon Bass,” a shirtless guy who clearly lifts more weights than me shows up a lot. So that’s a thing. Maybe I should go on a diet.
Anywho, it would be cliche and not quite accurate to call your season up and down. That phrase usually suggests that you went through a lot of lulls and rises. The reality is that you went through a prolonged lull and then a prolonged rise; a return to respectability that culminated in what, realistically, may have been a team-MVP performance in the first round of the playoffs.
For much of the season, you struggled to find your range. For you, offensively, that’s a pretty big hit. Your entire offensive game is predicated on two things.
- Your pick-and-pop mid-range game, which became much more difficult when Rondo went down for the season since pick-and-pops are kind of his thing.
- Your snail-speed monster dunks which unfold seemingly in slow-motion and end up with you looking like you are going to tear the rim off the backboard.
Obviously, without Blake Griffin-esque athleticism, you weren’t going to be able to base your entire game off the latter, which meant that you needed the former to have an impact offensively. And as the season progressed, you quietly began hitting a LOT more of your shots. You finished .06 below your career average, but you were actually better than last year from the field, so most people were willing to call your season a success.
But the success of your season actually had a lot more to do with the defensive end. In that series against the Knicks, you were shockingly effective against Carmelo Anthony. You were too strong for his bull drives, too big for him to get around consistently, too long for his jumpers and too smart for his pump fakes, which frustrated and limited him. Ultimately, of course, the Celtics were too limited to truly take advantage of your performance, but if any player can redeem a somewhat-disappointing season with a single solid playoff series (that his team lost), you did so against New York.
Next year is a contract year for you, and you will be a $6.9 million expiring contract, so you will definitely hear your name floated around this summer and up until the trade deadline (if you aren’t traded before then). It’s Danny. You’ve been warned.
It’s tough to say much more to you when you are such a known commodity. Everyone knows that you shoot pretty well from mid-range. Everybody knows you don’t do much else offensively. Everyone knows you don’t grab a ton of rebounds, but you are a pretty solid individual defender (it’s worth noting that your rebounding during the playoffs, 7.1 per 36 minutes, was actually pretty acceptable given that you were mostly defending Carmelo so far from the basket).
At this point, those are just the things you do, and it’s tough to see you expanding much on that repertoire. So…keep doing those things, and brace yourself. The trade rumors are coming.
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