Andrea Bargnani Needs To Step Up For The Knicks

By Damein Fitzgerald
Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Andrea Bargnani has been extremely inconsistent for the New York Knicks this season, and the Knicks’ front office has to be second-guessing their decision to trade for the much maligned former first pick of the NBA draft. Honestly, the Knicks weren’t required to pay a steep price to bring Bargnani in from the Toronto Raptors, but he isn’t the type of player New York needed if they were serious about contending for a championship.

In two games versus his former team, Bargnani shot the ball poorly, and seemed intent on reminding the Raptors of the exact reason they decided to trade him for Marcus Camby, Steve Novak and Quentin Richardson. On paper it would seem that the Knicks got the better end of the deal, but the Raptors were just waiting for someone to take the disappointing Bargnani off their hands.

Bargnani is a talented player with a 15.1 career scoring average, but he seems to only be interested in hanging around the perimeter on offense. Any player that is seven-feet tall, but refuses to play with his back to the basket at all is bound to have difficulty scoring on a night-to-night basis.

In Bargnani’s return to Toronto, he didn’t make the Raptors regret trading him, and it seemed the boos from the crowd impacted his will to play. Bargnani played just 18 minutes in another disappointing loss for New York against the division leading Raptors.

With Carmelo Anthony out of the lineup, this would be the perfect opportunity for Bargnani to assume the scoring responsibility for the Knicks, but Bargnani has not taken the challenge. At this point, the Knicks need to take some serious consideration into making a trade very soon, because Bargnani is a big reason for the Knicks having only nine wins at the end of 2013.

Damein Fitzgerald is a New York Knicks writer for Follow him on Twitter @dame8585,  “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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