No matter how much we want to make it all about Pierce, Garnett and Rondo we can't discount the importance of the role players. During the preseason, there were rumblings of whether or not Brandon Bass or Jared Sullinger should start.
Three games into this banner chase, it is plain to see that Sully is the better fit with the starters. This isn't an indictment on Bass' skills, but a testimony to the high basket IQ of the rookie. Bass is an excellent offensive player. His mid-range jumper is automatic and a thing of beauty. Unfortunately Brandon does not have the nose for rebounding or the ability to recognize where or when to pass the ball.
Bass is our modern day version of the 'black-hole,' a la Kevin McHale. This is an interesting dynamic. On the surface, it seems like Bass, should have the position on lock-down if only because of his experience from last year.
But this isn't about incumbency, it is about what group of players work well on the court. If it's offensive po...