Andrea Bargnani: 2013-14 Season Review and Analysis

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Defense:

Oh my god. Where the hell do I start…?

Not surprisingly, a player like Bargnani, with historically atrocious rebounding rates for the center position posted a 10.4 TRB%, something indicative of his inexpert center play. His 5.3 rebounds a game average didn’t help the Knicks’ 27th ranked total rebound ranking nor did his cornucopia of mental lapses when playing defense, something that’s been oblivious to him for his entire career.

Dec 6, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Orlando Magic point guard Jameer Nelson (14) puts up a shot over New York Knicks power forward Andrea Bargnani (77) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks won the game 121-83. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Woodson’s fetish for “big” lineups, a failed venture in Game 5 of last year’s Eastern Conference semis against the Pacers, re-surged in his mind during the offseason when Bargs was acquired. And it brainwashed himself by inserting a lethal defensive triumvirate that contained Carmelo Anthony at his traditional 3 position, Bargs at the 4 and Tyson Chandler at the 5.

Now, I didn’t mind with Woodson experimenting with the big lineups again for a little bit. Just like anything else, see if the certain thing works. If it doesn’t work, then you simply move away from it. The thing was, though, the experimentation floundered, but Woodson continued to use it as if nothing happened throughout the whole season, which is where all hell broke loose.

Why Woodson was on the most exotic bath salts possible for most of the time when doing this, I couldn’t tell ya. Although the unit played for 90 minutes, the unit played for 90 minutes too many. The Felton-Shumpert-Anthony-Bargnani-Chandler lineup went 1-7, winning 12.5% of the time, posting a 126 DRtg and a -41 +/-. That’s…not good.

Bargs’ turning point on the defensive end, though, was when Tyson Chandler went down with a knee injury that shelved 4-6 weeks back in November. That’s where we saw Bargs getting the bulk of his starts at center.

In the middle of being a maladroit 7 footer, Bargs as a post defender was actually pretty scary to go up against. He looked rickety, but he was, for the most part, able to handle post players. Synergy had him at 119th when defending in the post, conceding only 0.80 points per possession, which is pretty good. When not being an idiot like this, this, or this (that one killed me), post defending was his sanctuary. He needed to take initiative in the post, considering that 78% of his minutes was played at the 5.

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  • Marv Gunna

    Nope.bargs is a great addition to the knicks i think mike woodson didnt play him correctly but if phil jackson were to impliment him into the triangle offense i strongly believe it would be great. Therewere time when bargs was the only peraon scoring i like.his game n style of.play for a 7 footer. I hope phil jackson gives him a chance

    • Pension Analyst

      Don’t know if he is a GREAT addition, but I think this writer is too critical. The only problem with this trade was giving up the draft picks with no protection if they were lottery picks, but who thought that the Knicks would be a lottery team? We gave up Camby and Novak, who probablywouldn’t have played as many minutes and even contributed as much as Barg. Even Toronto didn’t use Novak that much. Barg helping at center is EXACTLY why we got him, especially after Chandler was hurt, and we all wondered if Amare could make a comeback. Trade was at least a c+, it would’ve been a b+/A- if they kept their lottery pick.

  • Pension Analyst

    The only problem with this trade was giving up the draft picks with no protection if they were lottery picks, but who thought that the Knicks would be a lottery team? We gave up Camby and Novak, who probablywouldn’t have played as many minutes and even contributed as much as Barg. Even Toronto didn’t use Novak that much. Barg helping at center is EXACTLY why we got him, especially after Chandler was hurt, and we all wondered if Amare could make a comeback. Trade was at least a c+, it would’ve been a b+/A- if they kept their lottery pick.

    • nate

      you are crazy An F+ trade at best. Barg is a chump. Even my granma can dunk on him.