Looks like Bargnani
is having the same effect on the Knicks.
"Golliver: The Clippers’ beautiful inverse (No. 2 in offensive efficiency, No. 29 in defensive efficiency) is a very strong candidate on the team level, but nothing tops the sheer comedy of Bargnani’s opening week. The summer months dragged on, and it seems like 100,000 or more words were written about how terrible and desperate the Knicks were for agreeing to take Bargnani
after his pathetic 2012-13 season with the Raptors. What happens next? Bargnani’s early play blows away all of those predictions — but in the wrong direction! He was even more horrid than even the most ardent detractors feared.
His opening week on/off numbers really should be framed and sent to Springfield: According to NBA.com, the Knicks’ offensive efficiency falls from 99.3 when he’s off the court to 93.4 when he’s on the court and their defensive rating drops from 84.5 when he sits to a preposterous 116.2 when he plays. In simpler terms, Bargnani
takes New York from an average offense to a bottom-five offense, while also dropping the Knicks from league-best to league-worst (by a freaking mile) levels on defense. You look at those numbers and wonder whether coach Mike Woodson would have been better served by simply playing 4-on-5 when it was Bargnani’s turn in the rotation."
Give And Go: Examining highs, lows from the opening week of the NBAseason | The Point Forward - SI.com