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Player Grade: D
It's hard to blame Andrea Bargnani for his putrid overall performance with the Knicks. His career-long numbers all pointed to a disappointing season for the man James Dolan shipped away three draft picks and three players for.
The Knicks have actually posted a positive net rating with Bargnani on the bench this season, outscoring opponents by 2.1 points per 100 possessions while he's sitting. He's one of four such Knicks with at least 600 minutes played this season, but that 2.1 number is the highest of the four, via NBA.com.
But this should have been expected. Since his third pro season, he has posted a positive net rating just once. He's a career minus-four points per 100 possessions, according to Basketball-Reference.
Despite being a 30.3 percent three-point shooter over the previous two seasons, Bargnani's shooting ability was the primary reason for his acquisition. After a second-round ouster in the playoffs to Indiana last season, the team felt a need to acquire a big who could pull centers like Roy Hibbert away from the paint.
Needless to say, Bargnani hasn't been that type of player, and it was asinine to suspect he ever would be.
He has shot 27.8 percent from distance this season and has mainly clogged the paint and mid-range offensively while on the floor. Per NBA.com, he operates primarily from the same range as Carmelo Anthony, with 37 percent of his shots coming from the mid-range this season (whereas Anthony has taken 44 percent of his attempts from there).
Despite Bargnani's occasional scoring prominence, his defending is the culprit for his net futility. Even while being relatively reliable in one-on-one post-up defense, the 28-year-old has never shown an ability to comprehend team scheme defending or merely the concept of help.
This season has been no different, and it's killed the Knicks, particularly when he has lined up at center.
Finally, the 7-footer has posted the seventh-best defensive rebounding percentage among Knicks with 150 minutes played. For somebody who started at center for some 25 games, that number is...not ideal.