Koreen: The good and the bad so far
ANDREA BARGNANI THE GOOD, PART I
Bargnaniís per-36-minute scoring average last season: 17.7. Bargnaniís per-36-minute scoring average this season: 22.0.
ANDREA BARGNANI THE BAD, PART I
Even though his field-goal percentage is nearly even from last yearís mark, that does not mean he has been quite as efficient. Last year, he averaged 1.5 turnovers per game; this year, that number has jumped to 2.6.
ANDREA BARGNANI THE GOOD, PART II
Bargnani is averaging fewer three-point attempts per 36 minutes than previously (3.6) and more free-throw attempts per 36 minutes than ever before (4.9). The latter is not a huge number without context, but it is an improvement.
ANDREA BARGNANI THE BAD, PART II
Bargnaniís per-36-minute rebounding average last season: 6.3. Bargnaniís per-36-minute rebounding average this year: 5.9. And Bargnani was a bad rebounder to begin with.
THAT DEMAR DEROZAN IS REALLY EVOLVING
DeRozan, certainly, has had plenty of bright moments this season ó his 37-point performance against Houston on New Yearís Eve is at the top of that list. More often than not, he seems aware of his strengths ó namely, using his athleticism to get to the free-throw line. Since using per-game statistics are useless (he is playing 33 minutes per game this year compared to 22 last year), take a look at his per-36-minute numbers. Last year, he took 4.2 free throws per 36 minutes. This year, that number is up to 5.3. And frankly, he still does not get the benefit of the refereesí whistle as often as he deserves.
THAT DEMAR DEROZAN IS NOT EVOLVING AT ALL
One of DeRozanís off-season directives from the club was to improve his range. Well, he has hit 9.1% of his three-pointers (although his midrange game has improved).
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