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Andrea Bargnani Vs Lamarcus Aldrige?

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Andrea has 6 reb(1 off) in

Andrea has 6 reb(1 off) in the 2nd, but only has 10 pts(not bad but is 4-11..bad) Needs to stop shooting jumpers and attack the basket...their losing by 6 still 2 quarters left lets see if casey gets in his ear of attacking the basket and see how he responds

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wow this is horrible, raps

wow this is horrible, raps have alot of work to do they are getting killed 31-15, Bargs has his first double double(17 and 11 reb after 3) of the season(you think the next comment is gonna be postive right..wrong) i maybe a fan of his and wish him luck but he needs to attack the basket 7-17 is not really something to proud of especially since most of them were jumpshots and 3 pointers, he attacked at the end of the 3rd but it is too little too late.

Now just to be clear im still sticking to my predictions(that bargs will improve and finally establish himself as the number 1 option), just giving an unbiased view since people think i fail to see from the opposite poin of view. Hopefully he keeps up the energy of rebound though

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Two and a half weeks later

How is this debate looking? Just wanted to bring this one back to the people who were saying that Bargnani had entered LaMarcus Aldridge's class after 6 games. Now, I do not take pleasure in Bargnani being hurt. It sucks and I wish he were playing for the Raptors sake as they desperately need his scoring. However, this was said:

his defense is pretty good (his only flaw is rebounding and Aldrige isnt that much better at rebounding) .....+ AB is much more durable health wise (rearly gets injured)

Well, have to say, not really the case. Remember, folks, LaMarcus Aldridge was averaging 7.4 rpg after 5 games. This was still MUCH better than Andrea Bargnani on a per minute basis. But, it is only 1.4. No big deal. Well, it is now 16 games into the season and LaMarcus is at 8.8 rpg. That is what he averaged last season as well. Bargnani, through 11 games, was averaging 6.5 rpg. Still, he had 8 offensive rebounds in 11 games!

Want to know what is funny about that number? LaMarcus Aldridge had 9 offensive rebounds against the Raps on Friday. Bargnani was still hurt, unfortunately, so the two could not go head to head. Nonetheless, if better rebounders such as Amir Johnson and Ed Davis could do little to keep Aldridge off of the boards, do not like Bargnani's odds of slowing him down a great deal. LA finished with 33 points and 23 rebounds, also chipping in 5 assists. He was the first person to put up such numbers or more since Kevin Garnett did back in 2003.

I admit that Bargnani was putting up monster numbers to start the season. He is a great scorer and he has a fantastic skill set for a player his size. The thing is, LaMarcus Aldridge does the most important things better than Andrea Bargnani. It is hard to say that most teams would not be better off playing Aldridge at the 4 spot rather than Bargnani. If you are saying, "Well, Bargnani is a center", than LaMarcus Aldridge is still much better at that position as well.

LaMarcus Aldridge is now averaging a rebound every 4:18 he plays on the court. Andrea is at 5:24. This is the best Andrea has ever done and he is still averaging a minute less than Aldridge per rebound. So, not exactly as close as the raw statistics might appear. Sure, it might be unfair that Aldridge and Bargnani did not actually go toe to toe in the Blazers/Raps match-up. But, history suggests, Aldridge would still do his thing:

http://www.basketball-reference.com/play-index/h2h_finder.cgi?request=1&p1=bargnan01&p2=aldrila01

Aldridge's All-Time record against Bargnani is 8-1 in the win column. He does have a better team, but lets look at the past 4 contests, where they both went from second banana to primary scorers.

LaMarcus Aldridge's last 4 match-up averages with Bargnani:

22.5 ppg, 8.5 rpg (4 orpg), 1.8 apg, 1.3 bpg, 0.8 spg, 2 topg, 47.3% FG, 0 3PT (None Attempted), 78.2% FT

Andrea Bargnani's last 4 match-up averages with Aldridge:

16.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg (1.5 orpg), 1.5 apg, 0.3 bpg, 0.3 spg, 2.5 topg, 42.8% FG, 15.4% 3PT (2/13), 84.6% FT

Well, at the very least, he is a better free throw shooter. Though, to be fair, Aldridge got to the line 10 more times which kind of makes that slightly obselete. Also, the Blazers are 4-0 in those meetings. So, as close as they may be statistically, there are some differences that made me make the statement that Aldridge was the better player by a landslide. I stick by it and still believe it. When Bargnani comes back, he will have to keep being efficient to even be in the same league as a player who relatively everyone views as one of the best PF's in the game.

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Alridge is the better player

Alridge is the better player but at least raps fans should realize that without bargs they suck even then with. This might stop the dd is our franchise player and ab is stesling ed davis's minutes. When bargs comes back lets see how it he comes back not doubting la would outplay ab but bargs has also improved so you never know i guess you wait til the next matchup either this or next season

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