Andrea Bargnani, the Toronto Raptors former No. 1 overall pick from the 2006 draft has had his detractors since the day he was drafted.á Singled out for being a soft European player who canÆt rebound or guard his position, Bargnani has had as much a fight for respect from the Raptors coaching staff as with the media and fans. But Bryan Colangelo has continued to back his big-man pick and when he finally installed his own selection as the RaptorsÆ head coach early last season, BargnaniÆs fortunes began to change. Under new head coach Jay Triano, the Italian began to accumulate the kind of statistics Colangelo had envisioned on draft day.á Andrea had his first seven-rebound-per-game month in February 2009 and his first 20-point-per-game month in March, ending the season with averages of ...
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