O'Neal has missed at least 13 games in each of the past four seasons, bottoming out in 2007-08 when he appeared in only 42 games. The six-time All-Star is seeking to revive his career with the Raptors, who acquired him in the offseason in hopes that the combination of O'Neal and Chris Bosh
inside would help them advance beyond the first round for the first time since 2001.
The No. 1 pick in the 2006 draft regressed in his second season, with declines in scoring (10.2 ppg), shooting (38.6 percent overall, 34.5 percent from three-point range) and rebounding (3.7) while playing 24 minutes a game as a part-time starter. The Raptors
have talked about possibly playing the 7-footer at small forward in a big lineup alongside Chris Bosh
and newcomer Jermaine O'Neal. Regardless of position or role, Bargnani
needs to improve in Year 3 for the Raptors
to realize their potential.