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Old 07-09-2011, 09:42 AM   #5 (permalink)

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On an otherwise brutally defensive team, Bargnani managed to be as poor defensively as most of his peers. He did however, show a new level offensively that gives hope to even more in the future. At times, he carried the team through frustrating stretches with his scoring but could also still improve with his shot selection, including less deep, lazy 2 pointers. With the right coaching, and with teammates willing to at least alleviate opponent penetration into the lane, Bargnani's length can serve to create problems for opposing offenses. He needs to accept more responsibility on the boards and with rotations, but overall a season that showed even more glimpses that he can be a strong contributer even though he doesn't jump around screaming everytime he scores, makes a block or does something ordinary in the game of basketball. If the critics are willing to give the guy a break, they'd at least see that he isn't the devil and can be a great teammate for these young raps. It's not reboundball, though he does need to up that effort too.

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