The question was for Tim W. I believe but I'll give my opinion if I may.What have Ed Davis or Amir Johnson done to prove they deserve minutes over Bargnani and do you have any evidence to suggest they will turn out to be better players than him?
Amir Johsnon has worked A LOT on his game.He improved his rebounding,his defense,his low post moves-he added semi-hook shot which is quite effective,he developed better jumper making it consistently.So he listens to his coaches,he definitely puts a lot of time working on his game and he is devoted to the team..like playing hurt even the record of the team already sucked.If that is not a way to prove I don't know what is.I'm not saying he is phenomenal player or the solution for the team or anything like that.I'm just saying the guy DEFINITELY proved himself he deserves minutes,respect and trust.Right now I believe he is better FOR THE TEAM than Bargnani is in every aspect.So he already developed to be a better player than Bargnani is and not for 5 years-he did it for 2.What has Bargnani done to deserve minutes besides improving his offense?I'm not saying that is nothing that is also a lot of work but what about the other things?Let's be realistic it is notlike the coaches haven't told him "Wokr on your defence,REBOUND the ball,fight for postion,look man and ball,help on defense,make the right decisions,rotate when needed" those are things even the weakest coach would tell him so I believe Triano and definitely Mitchell have told him.And did he worked on any of them?To be honest I don't know but I DON'T see improvement in those things with him.
I think it is kind of soon to tell about Ed.I think people consider him better than he is right now based on what player he might become.But when Bargnani entered the league people tought the same about him.Not anymore.At least most people don't.Personally I'd take Barg. minutes and give them to Ed because at least I see him trying.fighting out there on both ends of the floor.With less weight and height and experience he is really TRYING.I haven't seen that in Bargnani.Ok,that was a lie I have seen him but very rare and only to score the ball.
I decided to write and quote about that part of your post because I agree with most of the rest of your post.