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Brandon Bass just wants to play, whether or not that is in Orlando

Jul 20, 2010, 9:55 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for Bass_dunk.jpgBrandon Bass has a lot of skills as a power forward. Just not ones that fit what Orlando wants to do.

Bass is a banger inside, an in-the-paint guy. Orlando uses Dwight Howard for that. They need fours who can stretch the floor, like Rashard Lewis. So while Bass kept doing the things he does the way he does them last season, his minutes dropped to 13 a game, that in the 50 games he got in.

Bass told FanHouse this year he wants to play. He’d like that to be in Orlando, but he wants to see the court more than stay with the Magic.

“I think they’ll do the right thing, whatever is the right thing — either play me next season or send me somewhere else. That’s what I’m hoping,” Bass told FanHouse earlier this week following the Summer Groove charity game in Miami. “I won’t go through what I did last season.”

“I’m one of the hardest working guys on the team, so hopefully I’ll have a bigger role next season,” Bass said. “Right now, I’m just working on my game, trying to get better. I don’t worry about things like trades. I won’t go through again what I did last season.”

Dwight Howard is the man inside in Orlando, as it should be. You need a backup inside presence, too. But the Magic got that in Martin Gortat, the backup center to Howard. That leaves Bass on the outside looking in,

The Magic looked at trading Bass this summer, but didn’t find a deal they liked. If Matt Barnes leaves, they may be able to use him to find a perimeter defender they like.

Or, they could just play him.

But the bigger question becomes, if he didn’t fit the system, why sign him in the first place? He’s a good player, but you have to consider fit.

  1. Anonymous - Jul 20, 2010 at 10:22 AM

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  2. Craig W. - Jul 20, 2010 at 10:36 AM

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  3. James - Jul 20, 2010 at 11:54 AM

    I would disagree with your assessment that Bass needs to be in the paint to be effective. His outside jumper is about as consistent as you can get. Rashard Lewis, until game 3 or 4 against Boston, was a huge disappointment and his defense is pretty suspect. Bass on the other hand, has the size to match up with 4’s and some 5’s, and can even play a little on the perimeter as long as he’s not guarding the 1 or 2. He would be very versatile on pick and rolls, and he’s a glue guy who works hard. So, instead of Lewis hanging on the outside where his defender isn’t getting blocked out on offensive rebounds, maybe he needs a guy like Bass in there to block out his man (do the little things) so that Howard is one on one. You can have a 4 stretch the floor without making him go all the way to the three-line. They have enough three-point shooters, maybe they need more interior presence instead of just Howard in there. I think most would agree, as good as Howard is, most of his points are not coming from low post moves, but rather getting dunks by getting put-backs and gaining position directly under the basket. Bass might not be a flashy name, but he might be better for the team if he gets more time.

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