Trading for Andrea Bargnani may not have been Glen Grunwald's most favorable move, but maybe the former Raptors' big man can still be used for something.
Bargnani will probably receive similar criticism to Copeland from Coach Woodson because of his lack of defensive abilities, but fortunately, Bargnani can pour in the points as well.
Perhaps even more so than Copeland, Bargnani can spread the floor because he serves as a threat to knock down shots from all around the court. Of course, the keys to his potential Knickerbocker success will be staying healthy, as well as pleasing and appeasing his new coach. Still, if he can manage that, his offensive prowess stands to benefit New York.
It would appear as though Bargnani is poised to help pace the Knicks' second unit next season. As previously noted, Woodson favors defensive-minded players, so it would make sense that such players will be ahead of Bargnani on New York's depth chart.
What's more, starting the Italian Stallion next to Tyson Chandler in the Knicks' front court would mean shifting Carmelo Anthony back to small forward. Given his M.V.P. like success at power forward this past season, switching him back so soon shouldn't be something the Knicks are inclined to do.
Copeland struggled to find minutes during his rookie year because of the presence of a veteran player like Steve Novak, who has a similar skill set. Though Novak is now gone, Bargnani is now in, so it would appear as though Copeland would still stand to have similar competition if he stayed.
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