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Old 12-12-2012, 07:01 PM   #160 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by moremilk View Post
come on, you can't make that comparison, because not all points are created equal. It's like saying chandler is the best shooter in the league because he's shooting 70% from the field.

Bargnani has to create most of his shots, and often he has to do it late in the clock and 25 ft from the basket. It's debatable whether he spends so much time there by design or poor judgement, his coach maintains he values him for his floor spacing and we know that in the past he played much close to the basket with significantly better results.

The most valuable skill in the league, by far (imo), is shot creating ability. Extremely few players have the skill to create GOOD shots for them or for others, and a fairly small number have any shot creating skill at all. Probably 75-80% of all playes are helpless to generate any kind of offense on their own. Those players have to rely on others or on good coaching to get their stuff going.

Bargnani is not a good shot creator for others, but he's pretty decent at creating his own and that's where his true value resides. That and his shooting from the PF/C spot are what makes him attractive to other teams. With the right coach who can hide his weaknesses and maximize his strengths, he could have more success than he ever had here.

Of course, on any other team, his effort level would have to be increased, because he won't get as much leniency as he got here.
He's one-dimensional, and that one dimension can't even be relied on. He misses a ton of open shots, whether he creates them or not. He really needs to be able to create something for others to look at all worthwhile. Or he could play fully engaged on both ends like he did for 13 games. The fact that he tends to do it for about 13 games or less just makes him a drag on his team. And largely very inefficient.
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