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Bargnani should be able to space the floor with his shooting.
Okay, so Bargnani didn't even end his career with the Raptors as a starter, but that was due to a number of factors.
Not only was he plagued by injuries all season long, but it had also become abundantly clear that he was not wanted on the squad.
Fortunately for him, he’s found a new home in New York.
The gripes with Bargnani’s game are well-documented: He’s a pitiful rebounder, and he'll never be accused of being too focused on defense.
However, if he were to commit to both of those aspects of his game next season, it would not be a total shock.
Remember Vince Carter’s resurgence after he moved from Toronto to New Jersey? The same thing could happen to Bargnani who, like Carter, has worn out his welcome with the Raptors.
He should settle in as the Knicks’ starting power forward, allowing Anthony and Smith to have all the room they want to operate. Last season, opposing defenses could just abandon Shumpert and Kidd to clamp down on Anthony, but if nothing else, Bargnani will open up the offense with his valuable floor spacing.
Bargnani’s size is also a factor that should not be overlooked; standing at 7’0”, he’s a bona fide big man who (if he chooses to) can defend the paint alongside Chandler, another 7-footer.
In a league where most teams are trying to go small, the Knicks have a size advantage that they should not be afraid to use against bigger teams.
If opposing power forwards have to come out on Bargnani, there’s one less rim-protector to stop Anthony and Smith from getting to the hoop.