Andrea Bargnani is what we call a bust in the sports world. Selected first overall in the 2006 draft by the Toronto Raptors, Bargnani has yet to live up to the hype, averaging just 15.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg and 0.7 bpg in his seven year NBA career. Other than being named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month consecutively, Bargnani hasn’t done much to prove he was worth being selected first overall.
Bargnani was traded to the New York Knicks during the offseason, joining a frontcourt of Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler and Amare Stoudemire. The Raptors were willing to take a package of Steve Novak, Marcus Camby, Quentin Richardson, a future first round pick and two second round draft picks for Bargnani. With the Knicks’ frontcourt being consistently injured last season, it makes sense as to why they gave up so much for the Bargnani.
Now that Bargnani is officially a Knick, he will most likely be starting at the power forward position. This means that he will most likely average 25-35 minutes a game. Given how he has performed amongst a full frontcourt with the Raptors in the past, Bargnani will average anywhere from 15-20 points per game. In order to due that, however, his shooting average will have to increase. His field goal percentage has taken a steady dip each year since he has been in the league. Bargnani will need to become a better player off the ball as well, due to being on the same roster as Anthony, one of the most notorious ball-hogs in the league. It will take a lot of work with the Knicks’ trainers to get Bargnani to become the frontcourt threat they need him to be.
Jared Doyle is a Miami Heat writer for RantSports.com.
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