Neutral 123 wrote:
Salted Meat wrote:I certainly wouldn't have put him in a situation where he had to play out of position from day 1. if I decided I was drafting (and keeping) Bargnani, I'd have looked to trade Bosh for as high a draft pick, or as good a collection of young assets as possible. Tanked again for another year, and had a chance at landing Durant or Oden.
What is his position? People are still debating this till this day. I honestly don't know why anyone would in hindsight still try to work with this guy. Don't draft him. If this assumes you had to draft him, then trade him asap. If it means you have to keep him for a while, then you have him come off the bench. Basically, the least Bargs the better.
Bargnani is a stretch 4. That much should be obvious. In hindsight, yeah, I probably don't draft a guy who plays the same position as my best player, but we did, and the question is about how we could have developed him better. Its easy to say we should have never drafted him, but that doesn't really offer any insight, does it? If, even in hindsight, the Raptors would have still selected Bargnani, and still had the intention of developing him, then you have to work with it.
If we're working under the premise that Bargnani is a halfway decent talent who could have been a very good player had he been developed differently, then you play him at his natural position, the 4 spot, and force feed him minutes to see what he can do, and surround him with players who complement his style of play. You certainly don't pair him with another face-up big who plays away from the basket and expect him to adjust to playing two completely different positions in the same year. How many guys in the NBA play a combo of SF and C who have little to no experience playing either position before entering the league? Bargnani was doomed to fail.