Haters Gon Hate – The Andrea Bargnani argumentPosted: February 3, 2011
Listen, we could talk all day long about Andrea and where he should be and what he should but I don’t think it’s fair to the guy and so I looked at the place where I always look for answers, the stats book. Still, lets look at a few issues and arguments beforehand.
1) We have to realize, Chris Bosh just left – that’s a huge talent vacuum that cannot be made up with just a trade-exception.
2) What we are fielding now are a whole bunch of players that no one else wanted, who are trying to prove themselves. THIS MEANS that there is less incentive for players to come together to play the team game but rather take this opportunity to showcase themselves for a bigger contract or better team down the line: a-la Mike James.
3) He wasn’t drafted to be a franchise piece, we had Chris Bosh at that point. He might need time to get accustomed to this role as the sole go-to-guy. Not everyone can handle that.
4) Let us look at some stats
Exhbit a) (www.hoopdata.com)
His inside shooting (at the rim,) is actually worse than the last 2 years. I think this makes sense because really the defenders guarding Reggie Evans, Ed Davis and Amir Johnson have easy decision to make about double teaming or even paying more attention to just Andrea. Even if the defenders come from the wing, do we really have lock-down 3-point shooters. I don’t think so.
It’s really the 10-15 footer thats giving him much of the trouble, that’s that free-throw line shot. I think he will get it soon, that’s just him being in a funk. He is too good a shooter to not hit that consistently.
Exhibit b) http://www.mysynergy.com
His post-up game is not bad. He ranks 25th in the NBA. All this chatter about his post-game are unwarranted. I wish he incorporated a spin move when he was in the post, it would help him a lot. Where he is really struggling is his spot-up and PnR. Nearly 50% of his spot-up shots are coming from the 3-point lin.
What is interesting, is that for him cutting to the basket is his best bet. I suggest setting more screens and curls for Bargs and seeing how he does.