Did Brandon Bass Mean More to the Dallas Mavericks Than They Thought?

May 2nd, 2010 by Keith L. Leave a reply »
His career averages of 6.7 points and 3.7 rebounds say that Brandon Bass is an expendable role player, someone Dallas believed they could replace with minimum wage players in James Singleton and Tim Thomas rather than match the $16 million contract offer from the Orlando Magic.

After becoming a Magic teammate, he has literally fallen off the map, only playing sparse minutes in 50 games this season and only one minute in the playoffs.

He could possibly be considered expendable on the Magic, playing behind Rashard Lewis, Dwight Howard, and Marcin Gortat.

However, the intangible qualities that Bass possess would have probably put Dallas into at least the second round of the playoffs this year and possibly even further.

Brandon provided the Mavericks with a physical presence that no one on the roster could provide other than maybe Deshawn Stevenson.

He provided a jump shot second only to Dirk in terms of smoothness. He provided the most reliable bench scoring next to Jason Terry.

His ability to get to the rim and free-throw line could get other big men in foul trouble. And adding on to that, he is an 82 percent c ...

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