Sam SpiegelmanAndrea Bargnani’s first season with the New York Knicks did not live up to what either he nor the team might have expected of it.
It looks, though, as if he’ll have a chance for redemption in Year 2.
According to ESPN, Bargnani is expected to opt in for another year in New York.
Not exactly a surprise, but I’m told Andrea Bargnani has indeed informed Knicks he’s opting in for next season just like Amare Stoudemire
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 22, 2014
This means both he and Amar’e Stoudemire will be back in the Knicks’ front-court for 2014.
Bargnani will earn $11.5 million for the year. He has really failed to live up to the hype of being a No. 1 overall pick in 2006, as he has missed an average of 38.5 games over the past four seasons, and averaged 13.3 points and 5.3 boards on 44 percent shooting in 2013 with the Knicks.
Keith Schlosser, Lead WriterHow much money one makes, or where they were selected in the draft eight years ago shouldn’t matter much to the team looking to get the most out of such a player now. The Knicks didn’t select Bargnani first in the 2006 NBA Draft, nor did they sign him to his current contract.
And while the decision to give up so much for him last summer is undoubtedly a questionable one, there’s nothing New York can do about it now other than hope Bargnani makes some sort of positive impact going forward.
By the numbers, Bargnani didn’t have an awful first season in the Big Apple, though his play was a bit underwhelming for what the Knicks were expecting. Still, his campaign was plagued by injuries, a struggle to mesh with the team’s other talents, and inconsistent minutes. The blame for much of this could be placed on Mike Woodson’s shoulders, as the coach failed to put many of his players in the best position to succeed this past season.
The troubles were contagious from top to bottom. It wasn’t just Bargnani.
The Italian Stallion is a defensive liability. There’s no doubt about that. Forced to play the center position in place of an injured Tyson Chandler, Bargnani’s weaknesses were exposed.
Still, there were still a few positives to take away from his campaign. Better suited at power forward, the former number one pick served as a nice complement to Carmelo Anthony on offense, especially early on in the month of November. He averaged season-highs of 16.4 points (on 47% from the field and 37% from deep) and 5.8 rebounds while playing nearly 33 minutes through thirteen contests.