TSN TV Schedule TSN2 TV Schedule
NBA

Bargnani still showing progress in fifth NBA season

{eot}
TSN.ca Staff
1/14/2011 11:13:19 PM
Decrease Text SizeIncrease Text Size
Text Size

When the Toronto Raptors made Andrea Bargnani the first pick of the 2006 NBA Draft, they were hoping to add a franchise player to the one they already had on their roster.

However, the departure of Chris Bosh to the Miami Heat thrust Bargnani into the position of having to step up and lead the Raptors' franchise. 

So far, head coach Jay Triano is pleased with the improvements in the seven footer's verbal leadership.

"He's come out of his shell a little bit and probably speaks more this year than he did in the past," Triano said before Friday's contest against the Detroit Pistons.

On the court, Bargnani is on pace for his best offensive season, currently averaging over 21 points per game.  He has also chipped in with just under six rebounds per contest. 

Pleased with his progress thus far, Bargnani believes there is a lot more growth yet to happen in his game this season, and beyond.

"I'm happy with my performance but I think I can do much better and I want to do better," said Bargnani. "I'll keep practicing and I'll work hard, but I'm happy."

Triano is also encouraged by the changes in Bargnani's game, but feels that even more versatility would make him a better weapon in the Raptors' attack.  Something the head coach has seen glimpses of in crunch time but would like to see more often.

"He's made slight progress in his ability to score in different ways and he's shooting the three well," said Triano. "I still need to have him, if we're going to be successful, be a better rebounder and a better defender.  He's proven he can do it because he does it in the fourth quarter."

Andrea Bargnani (Photo: Garrett Ellwood/NBAE/Getty Images)

zoom

(Photo: Garrett Ellwood/NBAE/Getty Images)
Share This

Share This

Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to FarkAdd to TwitterAdd to Stumble UponAdd to Reddit
Print this Story


Big Tour
Social Media
twitter icon

Follow the Raptors and Raptor play-by-play man Matt Devlin on Twitter! Check out the latest Tweets!

Podcasts

TSN 1050: 1On1 With Will & Duane - April 13 2014

New 1On1 with Will & Duane discuss Raptors tying 47 wins, no playoffs for Knicks/Celtics/Lakers, Final Four wrap up and more news, views and truths.

TSN 1050: Macko & Cauz: April 8 - Michael Wilbon

Co-Host of ESPN's Pardon The Interruption, Michael Wilbon joins Macko & Cauz to talk Raptors and NCAA.

TSN 1050: Macko & Cauz: April 8 - Josh Lewenberg

TSN 1050 Raptors Beat Reporter Josh Lewenberg joined Macko & Cauz to discuss Jonas Valanciunas' arrest and what the team has to do come playoff time.


More Podcasts

© 2014
All rights reserved.
Bell Media Television