Charles Bassey Media Day 2021; Photo via Austin Krell/The Painted Lines

This past week, Philadelphia’s star center Joel Embiid was sidelined due to testing positive for COVID-19. Fortunately, the 76ers have plenty of front-court depth they can depend on during this rough patch. Furthermore, former all-star Andre Drummond has been starting in Embiid’s place. As for the 2nd unit, Rivers is using a mix of Paul Reed and the current man of the hour affectionately known as ‘C Bass’, Charles Bassey. 

By The Numbers

Vs. Denver 

The Western Kentucky product put himself on notice with an impactful performance against the Denver Nuggets. Off the bench, Bassey contributed 12 points, 7 rebounds, 3 blocks, and shot 71.4% (5-7 FG) from the field with a +/- of +20. Moreover, he had a Net RTG of 54.4 and a DRTG of 66.7 in only 19 minutes of playing time. Those figures were strong enough to help contain Jokic to only 3 points in the 2nd half. 76ers head coach Doc Rivers lauded Bassey after the victory: “You can just see it – his IQ. He did a lot of good things. Good kid. The guys love him. He gave us a lot of energy because guys were so happy for him.” [76ers team reporter, Lauren Rosen]

Season Stats

On the year, Charles Bassey is averaging 3.0 PPG, 2.1 RPG, and shooting 64.3% from the field. However, per 36 minutes, the rookie center is averaging 17.2 PPG, 12.3 RPG, and 4.9 BPG. Defensively, opposing players are shooting 30.7% (4-13 FG) when guarded by Bassey. Additionally, opponents are shooting 3/11 on 2PTA and 3/9 from less than 10 feet against “C Bass”. 

Film Analysis 

Charles Bassey is your traditional two-way center as he protects the rim very well and is a lob threat. Last night, Bassey’s skillset was on full display and you’ll see what makes this rookie such a promising young talent. [All film used is credited to @mrcrockpot of The Painted Lines.] 

Bassey’s excellent rim protection and help defense is at full display here as he denies Bones Hyland at the rim.

Charles Bassey initiates the pick-and-roll with Seth Curry at the perimeter as he rolls to the basket. Then, Curry uses his perimeter gravity to dish the ball to Bassey for the and-one bucket. 

In response to the Jokic/Barton pick-and-roll, Bassey drops down to defend the paint. As a result, he rejects Will Barton at the rim and takes Jokic out of the play in the process. 

The two-man game of Seth Curry and Charles Bassey is back again. Curry passes out of the double-team to hit Bassey in the paint for an effortless dunk. 

Charles Bassey completely clamps down Nikola Jokic in the paint. The rookie did an excellent job of closing off the right side and altering Jokic’s layup. 

Seth Curry gets swallowed up on Nikola Jokic’s perimeter screen, which leaves Will Barton with a path to the basket. However, Bassey defends this pick-and-roll attempt extremely well. He didn’t allow Barton to go anywhere near the paint and contests his shot well. 

Closing Thoughts 

Charles Bassey showcased his value as both a defender and an offensive threat at the rim. The rookie’s prowess as a versatile pick-and-roll defender, rim protector, rebounder, and paint presence on both ends could earn him some consistent playing time.