BARG-ing Into The Starting 5
Posted by Erik on November 21, 2008
Consistency Will Be The Key
Andrea Bargnani (SF, PF, C) recently got the nod from the Raptor’s head coach and started for a couple of games at small forward. He replaced Jamario Moon. He’s had 3 starts so far but has only really captured fantasy managers’ attentions in his last outing where he scored 25 points in 37 minutes of floor time through 9-15 shooting from the floor. He grabbed 4 rebounds, blocked 2 shots, and made 3 out of 4 attempts from beyond the arc. This garnered him the “waiver line of the night” from the boys at Give Me The Rock.
Andrea’s problem last year was his inconsistency. He had one hell of a rollercoaster ride of a season. He’s have spurts of good performances that were quickly followed by stretches of puke-inducing games. This season has yet to prove to be an exception. His 25-point scoring night came after an owner-saddening 5 point, 3 rebound game.
Last season he was played sparingly at center alongside Chris Bosh. He simply had difficulties matching up against bulkier and stronger guys from other teams’ front courts. This season, he is playing at the 3 spot where he can take advantage of his height (6’10”) when he’s matched up agains smaller defenders who will have problems defending against his outside shot. Keep an eye on him as his 3rd season may prove to be the charm. With Jermaine O’Neal and Chris Bosh attracting attention in the paint. Andrea and Anthony Parker will have some open looks from the outside as the ball will get kicked out to them when the defense collapses on the Raptor front court. See if he can show some consistency by putting together a string of solid games.