Brandon Bass (born April 30, 1985 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) was signed as a free agent by the Dallas Mavericks on July 26, 2007.
Highly recruited out of Capitol High School in Baton Rouge, Bass opted to stay local and signed with Louisiana State University. So successful was Bass' first year in college that he initially declared himself eligible for the NBA draft but later withdrew his name and returned to LSU.
It proved to be a very wise move because, as a sophomore, the 6'8 forward was named the Southeast Conference's Player-of-the-Year and was named Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American. He finished as the Tigers' third all-time leading shot blocker and in his two years averaged 15.1 points, 8.2 rebounds in 34.2 minutes over 59 total games. He was honored by the university and named a member of LSU's 2000's All-Decade team as part of a celebration of 10 years of Tigers basketball in March of 2008.
Drafted in the second round of the 2005 NBA draft by the New Orleans Hornets, Bass was inactive much of the season, seeing action in only 29 games averaging 2.3 points and 2.3 rebounds. He also spent part of his rookie season with Tulsa of the NBA D-League.
Bass' second professional season was much like this first spending most of the year on the bench or the inactive list. He played in only 21 games averaging 2.0 points and 2.0 rebounds. One team, however, had their eye on the young forward and that was the Dallas Mavericks.
Signing with Dallas as a free agent in the summer of 2007, Bass first made an impression on the team with both their Las Vegas and Utah summer league teams. That impression translated into minutes as he played in 79 games that season increasing his scoring average to 8.3 ppg and his rebounding to 4.4 per game.
His numbers rose again in 2008-2009 when Bass participated in all but one of the Dallas' regular season contests and saw his scoring average rise again to 8.5 points per game. Although Dallas tried to sign him after the season, Bass opted to sign a free agent contract with the Orlando Magic on July 10, 2009.
His first season in Orlando was proved a bit of a setback seeing action in only 50 games while averaging 5.8 points and 2.5 rebounds. The next season would prove to be Bass' best as a professional when, in 76 games, he posted career-best averages of 11.2 points and 5.6 rebounds while helping lead the Magic into the NBA playoffs.
In December of 2011, Bass was traded by Orlando to the Boston Celtics for Glen Davis and Von Wafer. Seeing action in 40 games after arriving in Boston, the 6'8 forward posted career bests in both points (12.5) and rebounds (6.2). Following a playoff run, Bass signed a three-year contract to stay with the Celtics.
Over the next three years, Bass proved to be extremely durable playing in 81, 82 and 82 games in each season. He also helped return the Boston to the playoffs in two of those three seasons.
In July of 2015 he signed a free agent contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. |