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    Default Simmons: "Screw it, I'm buying Bargnani stock!"

    Just so you don't think I'm piling on the Knicks — I actually liked their Andrea Bargnani trade! These last two years, he was trapped in the Amtrak bathroom of NBA situations: It was the perfect storm of "high expectations" + "lavish contract" + "limited player who could thrive in the right situation but suck in the wrong one" + "front office with no game plan" + "perenially lousy team" + "frustrated fan base" + "lots of booing" + "giant bull's-eye on the back" + "shooting slump" + "injuries" … and by the time it was over, people were congratulating new Raptors honcho Masai Ujiri for getting a protected first-rounder and two harmlessly bad contracts for the Italian Byron Mullens.

    Mullens, 2012-13: 10.6 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 38.5% FG, 31.7% 3FG, 3.9 3FGA, 12.35 PER, $2.25 million.
    Bargnani, 2012-13: 12.7 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 39.9% FG, 30.9 3FG, 3.5 3FGA, 11.2 PER, $10 million.

    Screw it, I'm buying Bargnani stock! Stick him on the right team as a stretch 5, get his confidence going and he'll be much closer to 2009 Bargnani (15.4 PPG, 40.9% 3FG) than 2013's abomination.16 Would you ever in a million years play Bargnani and Amar'e Stoudemire together, or Bargnani at the 5 and Carmelo at the 4? No!!!! PLEASE NO!!!!! But you can play Tyson Chandler, Carmelo and Andrea Bargnani together. I think they'll be weirdly effective. (Thinking.) Crap, people are gonna throw this paragraph back in my face in five months. Dammit. Let's just move on.
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    I don't disagree. Bargnani has some serious skill, he lacked the proper mental game. A change can often help, the mind is a weird place once you get in and poke around in it a bit. I am really interested to see how he makes out in NYC. I am not a Bargnani hater at all, but I know he was going no place here, so, lets see what he can do somewhere else.

    Its a win - win for me really, he does well I'm happy, he fails, hahaha I'm also happy.

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    There is definitely potential there for Bargs to contribute to the knicks offense. But, ultimately, they are paying $10-11 mil per for a frontcourt player to shoot deep shots and really nothing more. That Mullens guy looks like a steal compared to Bargs, at least he rebounded. And seriously, 40% FG for a 7-footer is awful.

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    After seven years do you think the light will suddenly come on? I guess the thinking by some is "maybe because he's in New York" where AB had some of his best games as a Raptor.

    If Bargnani plays true to form Knick fans will be unmerciful.

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    Simmons isn't talking about "the light coming on", Simmons is talking about him getting back to where he was in terms of productivity. Very possible.

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    Anything is possible, I suppose. Bill Simmons is just being an antagonist or contrarian in this case. It makes the off season more interesting.

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    Ok, so as a basketball fan,. and a guy who I assume would say he has a little knowledge bout the game, you're saying on this thread, right here, that Andrea Bargnani hasn't got a ton of skill?

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