Throughout the season, there has been a lot of disappointment surrounding Brandon Bass, and a lot of it is deserved, but I have found myself defending the 6'8 250-pound Power Forward, for a while, but I believe he's starting to rediscover who he was last season.
The last 5 games have been a good offensive showing from Brandon Bass, but he has to try and balance his performance on the defensive end, by grabbing a few more boards.
For the last 5 games, Bass has averaged 9 points and 4.8 rebounds, shooting a fantastic 59.5% from the field in 27.4 minutes. In addition, Bass has had 3 consecutive games with double-digit points which is his longest streak of the season. I believe part of the reason, is that Brandon Bass is getting closer and closer to the rim.
During this 5-game stretch, Brandon Bass has had 13 out of his 32 shot attempts in the painted area. He's either powering the ball closer to the rim, or his teammates are finding him close enough to the basket to finish at a high percentage. The month of March has easily been the best shooting month for Bass this season. He's making his field goals at a 52% clip for the month of March, which is the second highest mark on the team (second to none other than Chris Wilcox).
Like I said earlier, Bass has to do a little more work with crashing the boards. Bass as it is, only has 2 double-doubles this season, and has had only 3 games in which he's grabbed double-digit rebounds. I believe he's making an effort to bang the boards a little more. Even though Bass has averaged only 4.8 boards in the last 5 games, during the last 4 games, Bass has averaged 8 rebounds (the fifth game was a 2-rebound effort against the Hawks).
Bass hasn't been a double-double machine, but he did have 7 double-doubles last season in 59 games. He's only had 2 in 65 games this season, so that's something I'd like to see improve.
I hope that Brandon Bass can keep up his scoring numbers, as well as keep up his rebounding numbers, because I do feel like he can be a great asset to this team, despite what people say about his game. Maybe Bass is simply a late bloomer this season?
What are your thoughts? Is Brandon Bass finally getting the hang of things? Do you still feel like he should be moved during the offseason? Has Bass finally reached his peak?