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Today roundtable question is:

With a smaller roster and less depth than in recent years, it appears the Raptors will really need Andrea Bargnani to contribute this year. How does he fit into the equation?

I think most here would agree that Andrea's a huge part of this team moving forward ... right?

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ARMSTRONG: So far I like what I see from Bargnani - he's getting stronger playing inside and out. He can shoot it! Bargnani is getting a bit more comfortable in the paint, yet is still a bit robotic in there. With continued work, that will come. He's trying to be more active on the boards and with his defense. He's not there yet, but I fully expect him to have a positive effect on the team on a consistent basis in his third year. He's maturing and has made good progress in the off-season.

SMITH: Bargnani's a huge part of the equation and I don't think it's a stretch to say the success - or failure - of the season rests squarely with the third-year big. He's going to have to provide offence off the bench on a consistent basis and the plan seems to be to let him work through bad stretches that would have landed him back on the bench a year ago. He seems more mature, and at times in the pre-season has shown a willingness to attack the basket, but until he does it in the regular season on a regular basis the jury is still going to be out. But he's a key to the second unit that's much thinner than it was a season ago.

KOREEN: He will not start, obviously, but Bargnani still projects as the wild card of the team. If Bargnani's more-varied offensive game is not a pre-season mirage, and his added bulk means that he is more willing and able to fight for rebounds - still the most important question - he should provide 25 solid-to-very good minutes for the Raptors. If this year looks like last year for Bargnani, the Raptors might have to see what they can get for him.

I think he will certainly improve on the offensive end. He appears to have developed a few post moves, and he is not taking up residence behind the arc. As for his defence and rebounding, I remain unconvinced.

CHISHOLM: After a year spent being yo-yoed in and out of the starting five, Bargnani is now a permanent bench player and the team's primary big man on the second unit.

Because Sam Mitchell will (should?) try to always keep either Bosh or O'Neal on the court at all times, Bargnani will be playing a similar role than the one he was playing last year when he started (playing alongside a superior big man) and Mitchell is experimenting with how to improve upon the results of such an arrangement. His first goal is to get Bargnani playing more in the high-post and elbow area, closer to the basket, so that he is less likely to get a charge on his drives but is still only a step or two away from the three-point line. His passing will most likely be used more frequently from there, too, since he can see over most defenders and will be able to use the threat of his jump shot to keep double-teams off of Bosh or O'Neal.

His reads on offense have been tremendous during preseason thus far, as he is moving without the ball and finding his offense without parking himself behind the arc. That has to be considered a positive sign heading into the season.

With the Raptors looking so thin this year, it is imperative that Bargnani, along with Ukic, Jason Kapono and preseason wonder Joey Graham, ensconce themselves into Mitchell's rotation so that he can afford to sit preseason duds Solomon, Kris Humphries and Hassan Adams.
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Bargnani and Kapono are the most most important secondary players on this team.These two need to improve or this team is in big trouble.

Calderon,Bosh,O'neal,AP: You know what your going to get ,if healthy.

Kapono,Bargnani:Both need to improve there offensive numbers,with Bargnani also needing to improve his rebounding stats.If these two can do that it takes pressure off everyone else including the rest of the bench.
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