Top 5 former LSU basketball players in the NBA

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Apr 8, 2015; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Brandon Bass forward (30) with his former team the Boston Celtics shoots the ball over Detroit Pistons forward Greg Monroe (10) during the first quarter at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon Bass, Los Angeles Lakers – Power Forward

Brandon Bass’ longevity, mental toughness and physical skill set have all helped him earn the top spot in these rankings.

Out of all the LSU Tigers currently playing in the NBA, Bass is the only one to have played in all 82 games of an NBA season. He accomplished this feat twice with the Boston Celtics (2013-2014, 2014-2015), and also played in 81 games with the Celtics (2012-2013) and the Dallas Mavericks (2008-2009).

Bass struggled to crack the starting lineup in the beginning of his career while in New Orleans and Dallas, but became a consistent starter during the 2010-2011 season while playing with the Orlando Magic. The next season, Bass was traded to the Celtics in exchange for fellow LSU product Glen Davis and shooting guard Von Wafer.

After being traded to the Celtics, Bass went on to post multiple career highs, averaging over 31 minutes, 12 points and 6 rebounds per game. Over the next three seasons in Boston, Bass established himself as a strong defensive player and a rebounding threat on both ends of the court.

This summer, Bass signed with the Los Angeles Lakers as a free agent. He now joins a team that features future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant, Julius Randle, a second-year big man out of Kentucky, and 2015 lottery pick DeAngello Russell.

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The Lakers coaching staff and front office will look to Bass for his veteran leadership and to serve as a mentor for the younger players on the roster.

"“I am excited to add a player of Brandon’s skill level and character to our roster,” General Manager Mitch Kupchak said, per “His work ethic, toughness, and selfless play lend themselves well to our team.”"

Whether Bass starts or comes off the bench next season for the Lakers, they are adding a mature basketball player who will help a young Lakers team improve throughout the 2015-2016 NBA season.

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