I think Raptors fans will agree when I say that the Andrea Bargnani experiment has failed. Bargnani, the former first overall pick of the 2006 NBA draft, is only on a downhill trend, and he definitely has not helped the Raptors become contenders in his seven years with the team.
Bargnani is posting averages of 17 points and 4.6 rebounds a game. Not only are those rebounding numbers disgraceful for a seven-footer, but he is also shooting an awful 40 percent from the field and is attempting almost five threes a game despite shooting 32 percent from downtown.
Clearly someone needs to talk some sense into Bargnani. When you have 2-of-19 shooting performances, you should not just be given the green light to shoot from wherever you want.
Meanwhile, Ed Davis is posting career numbers, and nobody has really noticed. Davis is playing just 15 minutes a game, down from 23 last season. However, he is shooting 56 percent from the field, has a 27.5 defensive rebounding percentage and is posting a PER of 19.2. Per 36 minutes, he's posting averages of 13.7 points, 12.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocks a game.
Davis also has a decent mid-range game, and he's connected on 33 percent of his mid-range shot attempts this year, proving he's more than just a defensive presence.
It's simply astonishing that Toronto hasn't given Davis more playing time, but he still has the potential to be a starter in the NBA. As long as the Raptors are committed to Bargnani, they might as well trade Davis, because it would be better for both sides.