3. Who should be ranked higher: Andrea Bargnani or Brandon Roy?
Note: Bargnani was selected No. 1. overall in the 2006 draft; Roy was picked sixth.
J.A. Adande, ESPN.com:
As wobbly as Roy's knees are, he showed he still has something left with that 18-point fourth quarter in Game 4 of the Dallas series. That's as many points as Bargnani has ever scored in a playoff game. Give me a guy who can take over in the postseason.
Jovan Buha, ClipperBlog:
Bargnani. If this were any other time over the past few years, it'd be Roy by a landslide. But with his body failing him, he's now an inconsistent role player at best. For all his faults, Bargnani can put a ton of points up, and thus has slightly more value.
Danny Savitzky, Nets Are Scorching
: Roy. It's not fair to just assume further degeneration of his knees and game alike, and Roy showed against the Mavericks that he can still take over a game. It's reasonable to expect he's put his time in this offseason trying to reshape his game to cope with his lost athleticism.
Kyle Weidie, Truth About It:
Bargnani. In a contest of Roy's knee versus Bargnani's heart, you gotta go with the one you don't have to stand on. Sure, Andrea will never be more than a complementary piece, and Roy possesses the soul that makes champions; but go ask the actuary who he'd rank higher.
Royce Young, Daily Thunder:
Bargnani. It's simple: He has two fully functional knees. Which is pretty important when it comes to playing basketball.