With the Golden State Warriors’ recent struggles on the court, countless rumors have circulated about possible trades for more bench depth. One name that has been tossed around is current Boston Celtics power forward Brandon Bass.
Bass has emerged as a quality bigman and would be an ideal third big-man on a championship level team. The Celtics are in tank-mode and looking to shed as much salary and turn as many players into picks as possible. Bass would seem like a logical fit for the Warriors, but after Marreese Speights’ 32-point game against the 76ers on Monday night, that single performance may delay any possible move.
Bass has been the better player this year, but he has also had more chances to flourish. The versatility of the 28-year-old is his most appealing asset. He can play traditional power forward, but can also shift over to the center position in smaller lineups. This versatility is one of the many reasons why Bass to the Warriors makes sense. Bass is averaging 10.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.0 blocks per game and is shooting 47.5 percent with the Celtics.
But per 100 possesions, Speights has better numbers. He averages four more points and three more rebounds than Bass, though Bass shoots a better percentage.
Bass, though, has 54 games of playoff experience under his belt whereas Speights has a mere 12, and seven of those 12 came last season. Both have quality jump shots, but Bass’s midrange jumper is actually better than Speights’. Speights plays more pick-andd-roll this season with the Warriors compared to Bass, who posts up more than 30 percent of the time this season.
Watch in the play below as Bass shows off his ability to make highly contest jump-shots from the free throw line.
Unlike Speights, who seldom puts the ball on the floor for more than a dribble or two, Bass is forced to make more plays for himself as he does in the set above.
In these two clips from Monday’s blowout win against the 76ers, Speights is the beneficiary of Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala’s hard work. He does exhibit some finesse with his two contest finishes at the rim, but does not have to do a ton besides finish the ball at the rim.
Bass would be a nice addition to the Warriors, but the Warriors’ cap and draft pick problems pose some issues for Warriors management in making a potentially influential move. They may be forced to deal either Klay Thompson or Harrison Barnes if they want to make a huge splash as they are the team’s only valuable moveable assets.
The Warriors want to be major buyers at the deadline, but without a ton of picks or assets they want to move, Speights and his other bench mates will have to play more consistent basketball during the stretch run.