For three weeks, the Orlando Sentinel is going through the Orlando Magic alphabetically, evaluating players, as well as coach Stan Van Gundy and General Manager Otis Smith, and assigning them grades for 2010-11.
Years with Magic/NBA: 2/6.
2010-11 regular-season stats: 76 G, 26.1 mpg, .515 fg%, .000 3p%, .815 ft%, 5.6 rpg, 11.2 ppg
2010-11 advanced regular-season stats#: .571 ts%, .515 efg%, 12.5 trb%, 113 oftg, 103 drtg
2011 postseason stats: 23.1 mpg, .421 fg%, .000 3p%, .923 ft%, 4.2 rpg, 7.3 ppg
2011 advanced postseason stats: .503 ts%, .421 efg%, 10.7 trb%, 103 oftg, 101 drtg
Contract status: Two more seasons at $4 million annually, with player option in 2012-13.
Praise: After five seasons in the NBA — two backing up Dirk Nowitzki in Dallas — Bass became a starting forward for the first time (51 starts). He was fairly steady while splitting time with Ryan Anderson. Bass established career highs in points, rebounds, minutes (and games) played. He shot over 50 percent and became the Magic's most reliable mid-range shooter. Although roughly 6-foot-7, Bass showed power inside, shaking off defenders in the paint on ferocious dunks.
Your vote: Grade Brandon Bass' season
Constructive criticism: Stan Van Gundy's challenge to Bass before the season was simple: Become a better defender and rebounder. He improved by studying film and being more active, but still struggled at times on the defensive end and his rebounding efforts were uneven. He had just 27 steals all season. He was nicknamed "No-Pass Bass" because he usually shot the ball whenever he got it. His turnover-to-assist ratio was a lopsided 97-57.
2010-11 grade*: B
The future: Some teams regard him as a back-up, not a starter. Bass might be on the trading block, considering the Magic's needs at shooting guard and power forward. He could be included in a deal if/when the club tries to deal for 2012 free agents Chris Paul or Deron Williams.
# All advanced statistics come from Basketball-Reference.com. Here's what they mean:
ts%: True shooting percentage, a measure of shooting efficiency that takes into account 2-point field goals, 3-point field goals and free throws.
efg%: Effective field-goal percentage, which adjusts for the fact that a 3-point field goal is worth one more point than a 2-point field goal.
trb%: Total rebound percentage, an estimate of available rebounds a player grabbed while he was on the floor.
oftg: Offensive rating, an estimate of points produced per 100 possessions.
drtg: Defensive rating, an estimate of points allowed per 100 possessions.
*grades evaluate how a person did in his expected role.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun