Andrea Bargnani

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Andrea Bargnani
Andrea Bargnani Knicks.jpg
Bargnani with the Knicks
No. 77 – New York Knicks
Position Power forward / Center
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1985-10-26) 26 October 1985 (age 28)
Rome, Italy
Nationality Italian
Listed height 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight 250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2006 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
Selected by the Toronto Raptors
Pro career 2002–present
Career history
2002–2003 Stella Azzurra Roma
2003–2006 Benetton Treviso
20062013 Toronto Raptors
2013–present New York Knicks
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Andrea Bargnani Italian pronunciation: [anˈdrɛa barˈɲani] (born 26 October 1985) is an Italian professional basketball player who currently plays for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected first overall in the 2006 NBA Draft by the Toronto Raptors. He is a power forward/center standing at 213 cm (7 ft 0 in) and weighing 113 kg (250 lbs).[1] Prior to his NBA career, Bargnani played for Benetton Treviso in the Italian Serie A and the Euroleague. In his first two seasons with the Raptors, he helped the team reach the NBA Playoffs. They won the Atlantic Division title in 2006–07.

Professional career[edit]

Europe (2002–2006)[edit]

Bargnani began his career in 2002–03 with Stella Azzurra Roma in Italy's Serie B2 division, averaging 13.2 points and 4.5 rebounds in 23 games.[2] He then signed with Serie A side Benetton Treviso for the 2003–04 season and played there until 2006.

In 2003–04, he posted averages of 4.2 points and 1.6 rebounds in 10 games in his first Serie A season with Benetton.[3] He made eight appearances in Euroleague action, recording 2.4 points and 1.5 rebounds an outing.[3] Incidentally, Bargnani faced his future team, the Toronto Raptors, on 20 October 2003 in a pre-season game at the Air Canada Centre. He tallied 13 points, five rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 22 minutes in an 86–83 defeat to the Raptors.

In 2004–05, he averaged 6.8 points and 3.1 rebounds in 28 Serie A games for Benetton, and averaged 3.7 points and 2.1 rebounds in 12 Euroleague matches.[3] In the 2005-06 Serie A season, he averaged 12 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and 1.4 steals in 47 games for Benetton.[3] He posted a season high of 25 points against Rome. He shot .483 from the field and .399 from three-point range, and led the Serie A in blocks with 63. In the process, he helped lead Benetton to Italy's Serie A 2006 championship. In the 2005-06 Euroleague season, he contributed 10.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.3 steals, while shooting .508 percent from the floor and .434 from three-point range in 18 games.[3] He posted a season-high 20 points against Panathinaikos and Strasbourg.[2] Bargnani was subsequently named the Euroleague Rising Star, the award given to each Euroleague season's best Euroleague player aged 22 or under, for the 2005–06 season.[2]

Toronto Raptors (2006–2013)[edit]

2006–07 season[edit]

Bargnani entered the 2006 NBA Draft and was selected first overall by the Toronto Raptors.[4] On 1 November 2006, in his regular season debut against the New Jersey Nets, in 8 minutes of play he recorded 2 points, 2 rebounds and 2 blocks.[5] In the process, he also became the fourth ever Italian-born player to play in the NBA.[6] Like many rookies, Bargnani took some time to adapt to the league and as he slowly improved his game, his confidence and playing time increased. In turn, the home fans soon warmed up to Bargnani; on 7 January 2007, 10,000 Bargnani figurines were given away at Air Canada Centre for the game against the Washington Wizards.[7] As the mid-season approached, Bargnani was selected as NBA's Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month (January 2007),[8] joining teammate Jorge Garbajosa (winner of the award in December 2006) as the sixth Raptors player to win the monthly honor.[8] Together with Garbajosa, Bargnani was also selected to play in the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge game.[9] After the All-Star break, Bargnani continued to work on his defence and shooting (averaging 14.3 points per game (ppg) and 3.9 rebounds per game (rpg) in 12 games for the month of February 2007), and he was selected as the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for the second straight time on 1 March 2007.[10] Bargnani became the third Raptor ever to win the award twice, joining Vince Carter and Damon Stoudamire.[10]

On 21 March 2007, Bargnani underwent emergency appendectomy surgery after being taken to hospital following illness experienced after practice the night before.[11] He recovered after about a month, and ended the season, averaging 11.6 points and 3.9 rebounds per game.[12] His performances were credited as helping the Raptors to their first ever Division title, as well as their first NBA Playoffs berth in five years; Bargnani came in second for NBA Rookie of the Year.[13] In the 2007 NBA Playoffs, Bargnani averaged 11.0 ppg and 4.0 rpg as the Raptors were defeated by the New Jersey Nets 4–2 in the first round.[12] On 8 May 2007, Bargnani and Garbajosa were named to the NBA All-Rookie team.[14]

2007–08 season[edit]

On 5 October 2007, the Raptors announced they had exercised a third year option on Bargnani, giving a guaranteed NBA contract through the 2008–09 season and retaining a fourth year option for the 2009–10 season.[15] Prior to the 2007–08 season, Bargnani was voted by the general managers of the league as the "international player most likely to have a breakout season".[16] Seemingly asked to play out of position, he was slated to form the front court together with All-Star power forward Chris Bosh, but despite leading the team in scoring for the first couple of games, Bargnani struggled for most of the first half of the season.[17] Notwithstanding his poor form, the Italian was selected to play with the Sophomores in the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge during the NBA All-Star Weekend.[18] By the season's end, however, Bargnani was widely criticised for having a poor season. His statistics had gone down, he was not grabbing enough rebounds, was unable to shoot well, got into foul trouble easily and did not drive to the basket enough.[12][19] He did not feature prominently in the playoffs either—in which the Raptors were eliminated by the Orlando Magic in the first round—and there were even calls for him to be traded.[19]

2008–09 season[edit]

Bargnani averaged nearly 20 points and 1.3 blocks a game in the second half of the 2008–09 season

However, Toronto was not about to give up on Bargnani yet and committed the entire summer coaching him to become a more effective interior player, forcing him to drive to the basket more and settle less for jump shots. The arrival of six-time NBA All-Star Jermaine O'Neal also meant that Bargnani was likely to come off the bench in most games, with Bosh and O'Neal forming the starting frontcourt. During the summer he worked hard on his body, putting up some more weight (adding some 15 pounds of muscle); this work showed his effects in the first games of the regular campaign, when the Italian was more willing to rebound in traffic and drive to the basket.[20] He also seemed to rediscover his shooting stroke, had better shot selection and became a consistent shot-blocker, and he was soon moved to the starting line-up as small forward.[20]

On 21 November 2008, Bargnani recorded a career-high 29 points, as well as 10 rebounds in an overtime loss against New Jersey.[21] After some stumbles in December, he hit good form in January, averaging 21.2 points and 6.7 rebounds over a 15-game stretch as he became the starting center in place for the injured O'Neal,[22] recording a career-high 31 points against Chicago in the process.[23] O'Neal was then traded to Miami during the All-Star break,[24] allowing the Italian to regain his starting spot for the rest of the season. He averaged 19.8, 17.9 and 20.3 points per game for January, February and March respectively,[25] even as Toronto went on several losing streaks and gradually fell out of the playoff race. The Raptors concluded the regular season with 33 wins, and ranked 13th in the Eastern Conference.[26] Meanwhile, Bargnani recorded career-high averages in points per game, field goal percentage, three-point percentage, rebounds and blocks.[12] On 8 July 2009, he signed a contract extension with the Raptors that will pay him US$50 million over five seasons, starting in 2010–11.[27]

2009–10 season[edit]

Bargnani going in for a dunk in a game against Miami, 20 November 2009

Bargnani's form and numbers continued in the 2009–10 season. In the first ten games, the center averaged 19.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game; by mid-season, he had seven double doubles, a career-high.[25] Toronto struggled at the start of the season, going as low as six games below .500, but reached the midpoint with a 21–20 record. On 2 February 2010, Bargnani scored a career-high 34 points in a loss against the Indiana Pacers; he later scored 33 in a game against the Detroit Pistons. Although Toronto were six games above .500 at one point, their form spiralled downwards after the All-Star break. Coupled with two separate injuries to Chris Bosh, Toronto slid from the fifth seed to the eighth, and were subsequently locked in a race with Chicago for the final spot. That spot was only decided on the final day, when Chicago won their last game and ended the season 41–41, one game ahead of Toronto. On Bargnani's part, he averaged career-highs in points, rebounds, blocks, and minutes.

2010–11 season[edit]

Toronto's franchise player Chris Bosh opted to leave for Miami as a free agent after his contract with the Raptors was up. As a result, Bargnani became the focal point of Toronto's offense. On 8 December 2010, he scored a career-high 41 points in a losing effort against the New York Knicks.[28]

2011–12 season[edit]

During the 2011 NBA lockout, Bargnani chose not to sign overseas and decided instead to work on his game and develop into more of a power forward following the Raptors' acquisition of Lithuanian center Jonas Valančiūnas in the 2011 NBA draft.[29] On 28 March 2012, in a game against the Denver Nuggets, Bargnani scored 26 points and became the 4th player to ever score 6000 points as a Raptor.[30]

2012–13 season[edit]

After managing the first 21 games of the season, Bargnani missed the next two months of action with the Raptors following an elbow injury in early December.[31] He returned to the line-up on 6 February 2013, but after managing another 14 games, he was ruled out for the rest of the season on 13 March because of the same injury.[32]

New York Knicks (2013–present)[edit]

2013–14 season[edit]

On July 10, 2013, Bargnani was traded to the New York Knicks in exchange for Steve Novak, Marcus Camby and Quentin Richardson, along with a future first round draft pick, and two future second round draft picks.[33] On January 22, 2014, in a loss against the Philadelphia 76ers, Bargnani suffered a torn ligament in his left elbow after a failed dunk attempt, and was ruled out indefinitely, later missing the rest of the regular season. The Knicks finished the season at 37-45 and missed the playoffs.

International career[edit]

Bargnani playing for the Italian national team

Bargnani has played for the Italian junior and under-20 national teams. He competed on the World Select Team at the 2004 Nike Hoop Summit. He also featured in EuroBasket 2007, representing the senior national team. Italy finished ninth in the competition and in six games Bargnani averaged 12.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 28.7 minutes per game.[34]

Player profile[edit]

As a prospect, Bargnani drew many comparisons to German NBA player Dirk Nowitzki, mainly due to his ability to shoot from the perimeter, his mobility despite his size, and his ball-handling skills.[35][36] Bargnani is the first European player,[2] sixth non-American player, and second player without U.S. college or high school experience to be drafted first overall, after Yao Ming.

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

NBA regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2006–07 Toronto 65 2 25.1 .427 .373 .824 3.9 .8 .5 .8 11.6
2007–08 Toronto 78 53 23.9 .386 .345 .840 3.7 1.1 .3 .5 10.2
2008–09 Toronto 78 59 31.4 .450 .409 .831 5.3 1.2 .4 1.2 15.4
2009–10 Toronto 80 80 35.0 .470 .372 .774 6.2 1.2 .3 1.4 17.2
2010–11 Toronto 66 66 35.7 .448 .345 .820 5.2 1.8 .5 .7 21.4
2011–12 Toronto 31 31 33.3 .432 .296 .873 5.5 2.0 .6 .5 19.5
2012–13 Toronto 35 25 28.7 .400 .311 .844 3.7 1.1 .6 .7 12.7
2013–14 New York 42 39 29.9 .442 .278 .825 5.3 1.1 .3 1.2 13.3
Career 475 355 30.3 .438 .355 .825 4.9 1.2 .4 .9 15.0

NBA Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2007 Toronto 6 3 30.2 .478 .412 .789 4.0 1.0 .8 .5 11.0
2008 Toronto 5 5 20.8 .333 .250 1.000 1.4 .4 .8 .6 6.4
Career 11 8 25.9 .412 .333 .810 2.8 .7 .8 .5 8.9

Euroleague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2003–04 Benetton 8 0 8.0 .545 .200 .750 1.5 .0 .3 .1 2.4
2004–05 Benetton 12 0 9.0 .500 .500 .400 2.1 .2 .2 .2 3.7
2005–06 Benetton 18 6 21.2 .508 .434 .712 4.1 .5 1.3 .9 10.9
Career 38 6 14.6 .508 .429 .694 2.9 .3 .7 .5 6.8

Lega Basket Serie A[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2003–04 Benetton 10 0 8.6 .571 .556 .417 1.6 .4 .4 .2 4.2
2004–05 Benetton 28 0 14.8 .493 .289 .679 3.1 .6 1.3 .5 6.8
2005–06 Benetton 47 23 24.4 .483 .399 .790 5.6 .6 1.4 1.3 12.0
Career 85 23 19.4 .490 .383 .739 4.3 .5 1.2 .9 9.4

Italian national team[edit]

Year Competition GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2007 EuroBasket 6 6 28.7 .373 .360 .688 5.0 .5 .7 .2 12.7
2009 EuroBasket qualification 4 4 26.8 .400 .154 .625 5.0 .5 .3 1.0 10.8
2010 EuroBasket qualification 8 8 30.6 .524 .367 .732 6.6 .5 .5 2.0 24.1
2011 EuroBasket 5 3 34.2 .466 .350 .833 7.4 .8 .4 1.6 22.8
Career 23 20 30.2 .462 .330 .747 6.1 .6 .5 1.3 18.5

Awards and honours[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Andrea Bargnani Info Page, nba.com. Retrieved 2 October 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d Andrea Bargnani Info Page - Bio, nba.com. Retrieved 15 February 2008.
  3. ^ a b c d e Bargnani Serie A & Euroleague stats, draftexpress.com. Retrieved 23 February 2013.
  4. ^ Schuhmann, John, "The Long Journey for No. 1", nba.com. Retrieved 21 April 2009.
  5. ^ Box Score, nba.com, 1 November 2006. Retrieved 11 April 2007.
  6. ^ Robbins, Liz, "Going Where No Italian Has Gone", nytimes.com, 28 June 2006. Retrieved 23 March 2007.
  7. ^ Raptors Post Up, nba.com/raptors, 7 January 2007. Retrieved 11 April 2007.
  8. ^ a b Bargnani Named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month", nba.com/raptors, 1 February 2007. Retrieved 23 March 2007.
  9. ^ "No. 1 Draft Picks Bargnani and Bogut Head Selections For 2007 T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam", nba.com/allstar2007, 10 February 2007. Retrieved 23 March 2007.
  10. ^ a b "Bargnani Named NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month", nba.com/raptors, 1 March 2007. Retrieved 23 March 2007.
  11. ^ Raptors' Bargnani has appendix removed, sports.espn.com, 21 March 2007. Retrieved 1 April 2007.
  12. ^ a b c d Andrea Bargnani Info Page - Career Stats and Totals, nba.com. Retrieved 30 April 2008.
  13. ^ Associated Press, "Roy receives 127 of 128 first-place votes as top rookie", sports.espn.go.com, 2 May 2007. Retrieved 3 May 2007.
  14. ^ Andrea Bargnani & Jorge Garbajosa Highlight 2007 All-Rookie Team, nba.com/raptors, 8 May 2007. Retrieved 11 May 2007.
  15. ^ Raptors Exercise Third Year Option On Andrea Bargnani, raptors.com, 5 October 2007. Retrieved 5 October 2007.
  16. ^ GMs tip Bargnani for big year, thestar.com, 25 October 2007. Retrieved 26 October 2007.
  17. ^ Grange, Michael, "Defence gets the point, but offence doesn't", theglobeandmail.com, 15 November 2007. Retrieved 30 November 2007.
  18. ^ Bargnani & Moon Selected To Play In '08 T-Mobile Rookie Challenge, nba.com/raptors, 30 January 2008. Retrieved 31 January 2008.
  19. ^ a b Feschuk, Dave, "Raptors' Bargnani a symbol of stalled progress", thestar.com, 30 April 2008. Retrieved 1 May 2008.
  20. ^ a b Smith, Doug, "Bargnani could shift to Raptors' starting unit", thestar.com, 16 November 2008. Retrieved 17 November 2008.
  21. ^ Big Night From Bosh, Bargnani, Calderon Not Enough, raptors.com. Retrieved 22 November 2008.
  22. ^ Grange, Michael, "O'Neal indifferent to trade talk", Globe and Mail, 15 January 2009.
  23. ^ Rose's 4th-quarter run, Deng's return to starting lineup carry Bulls, sports.espn.go.com, 14 January 2009. Retrieved 22 March 2009.
  24. ^ Aldridge, David, "Raptors trade O'Neal, Moon to Heat for Marion, Banks", nba.com, 13 February 2009. Retrieved 14 February 2009.
  25. ^ a b Andrea Bargnani Game Log, sports.espn.go.com. Retrieved 16 March 2009.
  26. ^ 2008-09 NBA Season Summary, basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 16 April 2009.
  27. ^ Report: Raptors sign Bargnani for 5 years, thestar.com, 8 July 2009. Retrieved 9 July 2009.
  28. ^ Toronto Raptors v. New York Knicks, nba.com, 8 December 2010. Retrieved 9 December 2010.
  29. ^ Why NBA Lockout Doesn't Harm Andrea Bargnani, at Least Now
  30. ^ Bargnani reaches 6,000 points as Raptors defeat Nuggets
  31. ^ Andrea Bargnani injury: Raptors big man has torn ligaments in elbow
  32. ^ Andrea Bargnani Injury Update
  33. ^ "Raptors Acquire Three Players, Three Picks From Knicks". NBA.com. July 10, 2013. Retrieved July 10, 2013. 
  34. ^ Andrea Bargnani (Italy), eurobasket2007.org. Retrieved 30 November 2007.
  35. ^ Broussard, Chris, "ESPN The Magazine: Meet Andrea Bargnani", sports.espn.com, 28 February 2007. Retrieved 23 March 2007.
  36. ^ Pelton, Kevin, "Insider Preview - Sonics at Toronto", nba.com/sonics, 11 March 2007. Retrieved 23 March 2007.

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