Dirk scores far more efficiently than Bargs
and he's a far superior rebounder if you look at his career numbers. Also, I don't feel that Dallas is particularly strong without Dirk. His impact on a successful team is undeniable, something that Bargs
has never achieved.
I'm not a big fan of player comparisons in general. This particular comparison comes up a lot, but Dirk is a much higher quality player than Bargnani
has ever shown to be. Bargs
still has room to grow, though. Perhaps a fairer comparison would be Antoine Walker. Walker gives up a little to Bargs
in terms of offensive efficiency, but he was a better rebounder. I would put Bargs
on the same level as Antoine Walker.
I don't think that Bargs
has had his breakout season yet. I have been saying for a number of years now that Bargs
will show up to training camp one season looking in great shape, and that will be his breakout season. I haven't seen his conditioning improve much if any since his rookie season. He really doesn't have the body of a successful NBA PF.