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Andrea Bargnani Adapting Well

by: AnthonyP On  Thursday, January 22, 2009

Andrea BargnaniTotal Pro Sports – In the past couple of years Andrea Bargnani was one of the most inconsistent players on the Toronto Raptors roster. This was probably due to the fact that he didn’t get enough playing time and he didn’t get along with ex Coach Sam Mitchell and his coaching system.

With a new head coach and Jermaine O’Neal out of the line up with an injury, Bargnani has never played so well in his career. Averaging more than 20 points in his last 8 games, and 2nd on his team in scoring.

Should the 7 foot center give credit to the new coaching system Jay Triano has developed? Or should he thank his head coach for letting him grow as a player with the amount of minutes he now gets per game?

The fact that Andrea Bargnani was the #1 draft pick 3 years ago and compared to Dirk Nowitzki; there was a great amount of pressure on him.  Everyone thought that this 7 foot giant would make an impact as soon as he stepped on the court.  With the focus now on Jermaine O’Neal and what’s going to happen to the former all star, a lot of weight has been lifted off of Bargnani’s shoulders which is why he is now performing beyond everyone’s expectations.

At this time we are watching a young talented center grow on the Raptors roster and continue to improve as he builds more and more confidence in his game. Only time will tell if Andrea Bargnani’s scoring in the paint and draining 3’s on a regular game basis will continue at this torrent pace.

Has Andrea Bargnani hit a little hot streak and will he eventually come back down to earth and disappoint Raptor fans with his lack of consistency?

We just don’t know, but I think we may be witnessing another NBA All Star in the making.




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