The New York Knicks have been absolutely terrible this season and it appears their season has gotten worse, something that seemed highly unlikely at this point of the year.
Earlier today, it was discovered that Andrea Barnagni – who arrived to New York during this offseason in a trade with the Toronto Raptors – suffered a torn elbow ligament and he will be out for an indefinite period of time. He was one of the few reliable scorers the team has had this year – averaging 13.3 points and 5.3 rebounds while shooting 44 percent from the field so far – and with Amar’e Stoudamire and Kenyon Martin also sidelined with injuries, things don’t look bright for the Knicks right now.
The Italian was having a very good campaign in terms of offense and while his defense was absolutely atrocious, there’s no other player in the roster that could replace his scoring numbers. Tyson Chandler returned, but he has been banged up all season long and it seems very unlikely that players like Cole Aldrich and Jeremy Tyler can put up good numbers playing a heavy role in the rotation.
As things stand right now, the Knicks are in a deep hole. The absence of Bargnani will put a heavier loan on Carmelo Anthony’s shoulders and that’s not necessarily a good thing. Anthony can score for fun, but it has been shown time and time again that he is simply unable to carry a team on his own.
The Knicks have a serious lack of talent right now and the loss of Bargnani further depletes the team, especially in the frontcourt. All signs are pointing to the fact that it might be better to wait until the season is over and see what might happen next year.