Now when Peja comes off the books, we will become more financially efficient. But history has shown that BC just cannot resist overpaying for mid-tier talent, and immediately using up whatever cap space becomes available.
First off the only person in the world who you can find in the media who supports your stance is Winston. That should tell you a lot right there.
Second. Simmons isn't the basketball ruler of the world and gets things wrong like anybody else. The reference to this article is difficult to form an opinion on one way or another when the article isn't actually posted here for us to see.
So many Bargnani haters.
Bargnani will never be a rebounding, gritty center. Thats just not his game.
Brooke lopez is also not a good a rebounder, or a good defensive player for that matter. But no one is blaming him for the Nets deficiencies.
Clearly the raptors need defensive players to compliment bargs, if we could somehow swing a deal for ron artest, or draft a defensive sf, the raps would be looking alot better right now.
Watch Derozan, he is one of the worst players on the raps defensively, but he continues to get praised. Everyone needs their whipping boy, but Bargnani is the player we thought he was, and is and will continue to be one the best scoring big-men in the league.
If the raps get a center (move ab to pf), a small forward, and possibly a pointguard. We would have a good team. In doing this we would probably have to trade Amir, because he would be a redundant player in this scenario.
In a high ball movement system its much easier to find guys to supplement the offense due to a lack of scoring punch than it is to find a bunch of strong defensive players and rebounders to try and hide Bargnani's horrible defense and rebounding.
What the die hard Bargnani supporters fail to get is that in successful franchises, the top player makes everyone else better. In poor franchises typically the top player needs a bunch of other guys to make him better.
And I'm not saying that it's all about the one guy on good teams. No, but that one guy usually doesn't need two crutches to make him seem viable as the top player.
I agree, But ideally andrea shouldnt be our best player.
I hate building around big men, we already tried it and it didn't work. We really need to find a good wing man, with andrea as the 2nd option.
Right. So what would be best is him coming off the bench. The only problem with that is how do you justify your $10M/yr center coming off the bench? How do you overlook the fact that his track record suggests he isn't effective at all coming off the bench? I think it's do or die time here. Either he can become a solid defensive center and rebounder or he needs to go. It's that simple. Enough with the band aids and the weak ass excuses. The guy to me has proven that he's either a 6th man or a scoring role player on a good team. That's right, a role player. Stars aren't one dimensional but role players are. That's why they're relegated to roles so they can take advantage of their one dimensional games. You know, to get the most value out of them.
Bargnani would be best suited in a role similar to what Jason Kapono served on the Heat. They had Shaq holding it down in the paint. They had Wade making the defense scramble frantically and they had their marksman Jason Kapono out on the perimeter sniping open looks all night. Bargnani is a third option. A taller Rashard Lewis. The Raptors don't have the weapons to make use of Bargnani's eccentric skill set.
And by the way, Wayne Winston seems to have mentioned Bargnani only once, and it was in a post about adjusted +/- ratings that were inherently flawed. Unless you believe that Bargnani, Amir and Brook Lopez are better than Dwight Howard. And that Jason Terry and Kyle Lowry are better than Kobe Bryant, Manu Ginoboli and Russell Westbrook.
You keep bringing up Wayne Winston, but keep ignoring every single other stat and expert's opinion. Why?
And yes, he continues to be one of the best scoring big men in the league who is also one of the worst defensively. Together that makes him a pretty average player, overall. Is that really something you want to build around?
Keep the faith!
I am not blaming anything on him. I'm telling you this team will go no where with a one dimensional player leading the way.
I don't praise DeRozan. He can score points but can't do anything else. But DDR doesn't play the position of defensive backstop on this basketball team. He isn't the last line of defense. I agree that Bargnani is one of the best scoring big men in the league, -- he causes a lot of points to be scored on both ends of the floor.Watch Derozan, he is one of the worst players on the raps defensively, but he continues to get praised. Everyone needs their whipping boy, but Bargnani is the player we thought he was, and is and will continue to be one the best scoring big-men in the league.
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