Andrea Bargnani has been dubbed as a bust ever since he was taken first overall but now he has the chance to redeem himself under the bright lights of Madison Square Garden.
Bargnani can bring a lot to the Knicks next season and could make them contenders.
Even at the age of 27, he has the chance to do something big for New York and it all starts with playing under Mike Woodson and his defensive coaching style.
Bargnani is nowhere near being an average defender but under the hard nosed, defensive oriented Woodson that will soon change and it will mean that he will be able to be less of a liability against other fours, which brings us to the next point- his ability to stretch the floor.
He is a big man who has a huge range. With Barganani’s ability to hit the three ball and have a low post and inside game, Bargnani is capable of spreading the floor and getting Carmelo Anthony, the obvious first scoring option, more open looks.
With the positive impact Bargnani you can be sure that there will be some faults with his game and the one that will affect the Knicks the most is the ball movement is non existent when the ball is in his hands.
This is a huge problem for the Knicks as a most of the wins they collected last season involved lots of ball movement and because of this, Bargnani will need to put in his fair share of work in the low post to get some buckets.
Lastly Bargnani isn’t physical he gets injured quite often and that hinders his ability to get boards. The Knicks main struggle last season was getting rebounds and in their second round exit to the Pacers it showed. If the Knicks are going to improve in that aspect of the game, Bargnani will have to be doing a lot more work on the boards rather than what he has done recently for Toronto.
I give this deal a B because of the fact that the Knicks are adding another scorer who will be part of a now solid front court trio of Tyson Chandler, Amar’e Stoudemire, and of course Bargnani.