Keeping it locked down
After all, Bass doesn't fit the typical anchor mold. He's not 7 feet (he's generously listed at 6-foot-8). He's not particularly vocal (certainly not to Garnett's amp-on-11 level). And because he's often paired with some inexperienced frontcourt players, few believed Bass could perform to that level.
It has been only five games -- and Boston has just one victory -- but Bradley's prediction looks sage at the moment.
Bass is allowing a minuscule 0.528 points per play (28 points on 53 possessions), according to individual defensive data logged by Synergy Sports. Consider this: Of players with more than 40 possessions defended entering Thursday's action, Bass ranked first in the NBA at that mark (out of 120 qualifiers). What's more, opponents are scoring on a mere 22.6 percent of total possessions again him, the best mark in the league by nearly 3 percent.
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