Wednesday, March 13th, 2013 at 11:50 am  |  22 responses

Andrea Bargnani Out for the Season With Elbow Sprain

The worst season of Andrea Bargnani’s career has mercifully come to an end. Bargs averaged 12.7 points per game (a career low), shot 40% from the fied (and 31% on threes), lost his starting spot while battling numerous injuries, and was booed relentlessly by Raptors fans. Toronto announced today that their big man will be shut down with a right elbow sprain. Per the press release: “The Toronto Raptors announced Wednesday that forward Andrea Bargnani is expected to be sidelined for the remainder of the 2012-13 season with an avulsion sprain of the right elbow. This injury is not related to his previous right elbow injury that sidelined him for 26 games (December 12 – February 3). Bargnani left at the 3:08 mark in the first quarter March 8 against the Los Angeles Lakers and did not return. He appeared in 14 of 15 games prior to this injury, including four straight starts (March 2-8).”

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  • Wtf

    If a player who doesn’t produce is out for the season does it make a sound?

  • RKJ92

    Who really even gives a sh*t about Bargnani? LOL, he’s not even newsworthy.. he should just go play in euroleague and average like 10 points and 6 rebounds per 40 min a game and 40% shooting, without defense.

  • Lloyd

    He’s a capable scorer. Could’ve been an asset off the bench if he got it together. At the very least he could spread the floor a little for Derozan, Gay, and TRoss.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Toronto is reverse tanking this late in the season?

  • RKJ92

    To be honest man, Idk what were doing.. It’s pretty messy though lol

  • Max


  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    should’ve drafted LaMarcus Aldridge

  • playa

    Sings allelujah raptors fans!!!!

  • LakeShow

    Their tanking… Wait… never mind he’s NOT playing the rest of the season.

  • LakeShow

    Dammit you beat me too it lol.

  • spit hot fiyah

    yeah, spread the floor with 31% from deep

  • LeroyShonuff

    If he could actually shoot and score… then I see the logic in your point

  • http://www.facebook.com/rainman1991 Saleem Rainman

    Well, i have some insight, lol. I’m not exactly sure what they are doing now, whether they are tanking, or still trying to be competitive…but at the end of the day, it doesnt matter. Tanking wont help them one bit because their pick is going to OKC. I do know what they are hoping the future holds, which is Valunciunas, and Terrence Ross developing. They want (i would think) to build a core around those guys (im guessing DeMAr and Lowry included). Now what confuses me is the minute distribution at this point. You’re basically for sure not making the playoffs, but instead of giving minutes to guys that you want to develop (Val and Ross) the coach has them basically stuck to the bench. (look at the highlight of Kobe driving around Aaron Gray like he wasnt there. My question is why was Gray on the floor to begin with? that doesnt even take into consideration the stupid coaching decision to even try a double team with a big man to begin with.) So those guys arent even getting enough burn. THATS what confuses me, this isnt a building season, nor is it a tanking season, as that wouldnt even help as we have no draft picks. Another thing that confuses me is the extension of Rudy Gay that everyone is talking about, cuz idk how he fits into the core group of guys. So its confusing, but at the same time it should be pretty clear cut.

  • http://www.facebook.com/starkpwnsyou Joshua Maria Peter Bautista

    I think the Raptors have the blueprint of a great running team. Fast break points should be their bread-and-butter with their current roster. Starting with Lowry who gets a lot of steals and sets up people better than he gets credit for, Derozan and Gay filling the wings and providing us with an awful lot of highlights on breakaway dunks. Valanciunas running along and hustling for boards both O and D, and a stretch 4 in Bargs that actually fits that style. That could win them a lot of games, although the Playoffs may be a different issue because they can’t keep one player from going nuts on them as he pleases, as evidenced by Kobe recently. But hey, if they are ever going to become a playoff team, they should run people out of the gym and score on them as much as they can just to try and compensate for their atrocious defense.

  • Lloyd

    Your big is still going out there to guard him. He CAN hit the three. That’s all you need.

  • Lloyd

    He can still hit it if he’s left open. They’re not going to leave him unguarded out there.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    The most important element of the fastbreak is rebounding. Solid stretch 4s rebound. Laimbeer mastered it. Dirk does it. Ryne Anderson does it. Ilyasova does it. Bargnani doesn’t. There’s no way he should be in a Raps uniform next year.

  • http://www.facebook.com/starkpwnsyou Joshua Maria Peter Bautista

    There’s a pretty obvious way: nobody wants him. I wouldn’t start Amir Johnson over him if I ran the break, since he can stretch the floor, although Amir rebounds. Gay rebounds and Derozan is actually a pretty good rebounder for his position, and Lowry was once a triple-double waiting to happen. Besides, playing slower teams, he boxes out believe it or not, he just doesn’t have enough left to go get the ball after boxing out since he’s pitted against some pretty strong 4s almost every given night. JV can handle most of the rebounding and gang rebounding from the other guys can compensate for Bargs’ lack of it. With their speed, they can still run after gang rebounding, much like Houston is doing right now with a lineup with Parsons at the 4.

  • VancCityBBall

    good fastbreak teams need to force turnovers as well… dwayne casey made it clear he wants to run but they are damn near the bottom of the L forced TO’s.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    That’s the thing, though. If Bargs was an elite shooter, I wouldn’t be so against it. But he’s not. 31% from 3 isn’t good enough to negate his atrocious rebounding and defense. Gay and Derozan are average to slightly above average rebounders for their respective positions. I think Jonas will develop into a VERY solid rebounder, but he’s foul prone and needs a lot more help than Bargs’ s 4 rebounds per game can offer.
    The Raps’ record sans-Bargnani says it all. They’re a better team with him out of the lineup.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Also, Houston can afford to play Parsons at the 4 because they have Omer Asik at the 5, who’s 11.8RPG is well over Valanciunas (5.6) and Bargnani’s (3.7) RPG COMBINED!

  • roscoe

    Alright… this is lame… Somebody call this blue light special what he is…

    S……………. O…………… F…………. T……………

    like a soft serve.