New York Knicks: Andrea Bargnani Trade Grade from Raptors
By Mike Samuels: HoopStuff Contributor
Andrea Bargnani was the first European player to ever be picked first overall in the NBA Draft, when the Toronto Raptors selected the Italian big man in 2006. The New York Knicks have given up 3 players, in Steve Novak, Marcus Camby and Quentin Richardson, as well as a first round draft pick in the 2016 draft and second round picks in 2014 and 2017.
Bargnani has not lived up to expectations since entering the NBA and has been constantly injured lately. He only played in 66 games during his last two years with the Raptors. Having elbow injuries severely cut his playing time and production on the court.
Coach Woodson has not said how he will use the 7 foot, 256 pound power forward, but in my opinion, he should get significant playing time coming off the bench and sharing time with Amar’e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler in the frontcourt. Bargnani is a three-point shooting threat, which will...