Sam SpiegelmanIt’s been a mixed bags of results for the New York Knicks’ big offseason pickup. Andrea Bargnani has had his fair share of both ups and downs, but according to one study by Stats LLC., his willingness to chock up 3s has hurt the Knicks defensively.
Here’s the bottom line: Bargnani attempts a lot of 3-pointers, 81 to be exact. That ranks third on the team behind Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith.
Unlike Anthony and Smith, who shoot 35 and 34 percent from downtown, respectively, Barngani’s shooting percentage is just below 30 percent. And his inconsistency from the perimeter has allowed opposing team’s to capitalize.
Stats LLC. has discovered that Knicks’ opponents have grabbed 58 rebounds on Bargnani’s misses — 35 from outside the paint — have translated to a basket on the other end of the court 60.3 percent of the time. That percentage trails only Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Jennings and Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Johnson.
In the past five seasons, opponents have scored following his missed jumpers at least 50 percent of the time, the study revealed. The league as a whole averages scores 45.8 percent of the time following a miss. Only Bargnani has averaged a percentage greater than that.
Not only has Bargnani’s missed translated to opposing team’s points, but the Knicks have struggled on their own fast breaks with Bargnani on the floor.
According to Synergy Sports, the Knicks have allowed 15.8 fast-break points per 100 players, which is 11 points more compared to when he’s on the bench. According to SportVU player-tracking technology, the Italian is the sixth-slowest player in the NBA.
Hats off to Yahoo! Sports for featuring this clip, which pretty much speaks for itself.