Report: Spurs looking at Brandon Bass

By Quixem Ramirez

Apr 4, 2012; Boston, MA USA; San Antonio Spurs power forward Matt Bonner (15) defends against Boston Celtics power forward Brandon Bass (30) in the first quarter at the TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-US PRESSWIRE

The Spurs are reportedly interested in unrestricted free agent Brandon Bass according to KABB Fox San Antonio (H/T Project Spurs). Bass appeared in 59 games with Boston last season, averaging 12.5 points, 6.2 rebounds and 47.9% shooting from the field.

Bass is yet another undersized power forward that is deficient defensively. Though, in a limited sample size, Bass’ defensive numbers bested nearly everyone in the league.

He defended pick-and-rolls remarkably well, limiting the roll man to 0.58 points per possession (2nd) according to MySynergySports. He didn’t defend as well in previous years so it’s worth watching whether he can continue to defend at an elite rate — at least according to PPP which, admittedly, isn’t that reliable.

His real strength is in his Dirk-esque mid-range shooting ability. 63.6% of Bass’ shot attempts came from 10-23 feet and for good reason: Bass converted on 49% of these shots. The mid-range game may be nearly extinct from the game because of the inherent inefficiency that stems from shooting from 15-feet. That doesn’t deter Bass. His mid-range game isn’t exciting but Boston was a lot more effective with Bass on the floor. They scored 5.4 points per 100 possessions more with Bass on the court.

Bass, 27, is three years younger than Boris Diaw and, thus, will probably receive a little more money this offseason. And, yes, you can make a good argument on why the Spurs should pursue Bass over Diaw and I wouldn’t blame you. I think you’re wrong because Diaw’s passing value is difficult to quantify, and subjectively more valuable, but it’s not completely absurd either.

Update, 5:27 CST: Bass and the Celtics have agreed to a three-year contract. The Spurs will now re-focus their energy on Erazem Lorbek, Chris Kaman, Ersan Ilyasova and Marcus Camby.