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Andrea Bargnani’s 2009 Stats

In General NBA on September 16, 2009 at 6:08 am

Bargnani’s 2009 Stats

I’m always ball parking Bargnani’s stats from New Year’s until the end of the season. Well, I’ve finally had enough, and took ten minutes to scribble down his stats for that period.

Firstly, the games

Month

Games

Minutes

January

16

569

February

12

441

March

12

399

April

6

201

Total

46

1610

  • Andrea Bargnani played 46 games
  • Andrea Bargnani averaged 35 minutes a night

Secondly, let’s work out at his non-scoring contributions:

Month

Rebounds

Assists

Steals

Blocks

Turnovers

Fouls

January

99

21

6

9

35

51

February

85

18

4

13

23

34

March

71

18

6

16

28

41

April

23

9

4

15

9

20

Total

278

66

20

53

95

146

  • Andrea Bargnani averaged 6.05 rebounds a game
  • Andrea Bargnani averaged 1.43 assists per game
  • Bargnani also averaged 0.43 steals per game and 1.15 blocks per game.
  • Bargnani also totaled 2.07 turnovers a night and 3.17 fouls a game.

Okay, let’s work out his scoring numbers + scoring efficiency

Month

FGM

FGA

3FGM

3FGA

FTM

FTA

Points

January

111

228

36

75

58

73

316

February

75

182

14

45

51

63

215

March

88

170

27

52

40

46

243

April

40

90

7

22

11

14

98

Total

314

670

84

194

160

196

872

Firstly, what are his per game numbers for points and attempts

  • Andrea Bargnani averaged 19.0 points per game
  • Bargnani averaged 14.57 field goal attempts per game
  • Andrea took 4.22 three pointers per game
  • And an additional 4.26 free throws a night.
    • So 10.35 two point field goal attempts + 4.22 three pointers + 4.26 free throws.

The percentages were

  • Field goal percentage — 46.9%
  • Three point percentage — 43.3%
  • Free throw percentage — 81.6%
  • True shooting percentage — 57.6%

Furthermore

  • 29% of Bargnani’s field goal attempts were three pointers.
  • And Bargnani got to the free throw line 29 times per 100 shot attempts.

Quick Analysis on Scoring Efficiency

The true shooting percentage is the most interesting + most impressive number from the pack. At 57.6%, Bargnani is in the same ball park as players like Rashard Lewis and Kevin Durant.

  • Andrea Bargnani would have ranked 65th in the NBA out of players who played 500 minutes last season (329 players). That would just place Bargnani in the top fifth in terms of scoring efficiency.
  • And Bargnani would have ranked 25th out of players who scored more than 15 points per game (74 players). That mark placing Bargnani around the top third for scoring efficiency amongst prolific scorers in the NBA
  • If we ratchet up the scoring to 18.5ppg, then Bargnani ranks 12th out of 39 players. Which is just inside the top third also.

In other words, Bargnani was scoring with very good efficiency.

Side Note On the percentage of Bargnani’s field goal attempts being threes.

I don’t this is that many for a player who is as perimeter orientated as Bargnani is. In comparison, Rashard Lewis + Troy Murphy both take roughly half of their shots from downtown. Bargnani could become even more efficient by taking more three pointers.

Of course, if Bargnani wanted to develop into a more prolific scorer, he would need to diversify his game – develop a post game, or a midpost game, or a driving game, something along those lines – like a Dirk Nowitzki did.

Summary

In 2009, Andrea Bargnani played 46 games averaging 35 minutes a night. In that time, he scored 19 points a night on a true shooting percentage of 57.6% which is very efficient.

Andrea Bargnani also averaged 6 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.16 blocks and less than half a steal a night.

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  1. This from a player who was a 2nd or third option during most games. If the offence was not run thru Bosh, who holds the ball and can’t pass effectively out of the post (quickly and efficiently), then what happens to the perimeter players #’s.
    P.S. That would include barganani and Kapono, or whomever is sitting on the weakside corner.

  2. Dave,

    What was the Raptors W-L record in those 46 games?

  3. Khandor,

    I’m not sure. I’ll give it a look see … I know they were batting above .400 once Shawn Marion joined the team.

    Update: Thanks Alex!

    21 wins and 29 losses for a winning percentage of 42%. That would work out to 34-35 win year if it continued for an entire season.

    27 of those 50 games came with Shawn Marion on the roster with the Raptors going 12 and 15 during his tenure, for a wining percentage of 44.4% which would equal a 36-37 win season.

  4. Just added it up off of game logs on espn.com so i might be a little off, but i think they went 21-29 during those games. Which is a little better then they did on the rest of the season.

  5. Dave,

    IMO, the people who think that Hedo Turkoglu is going to be a better player for the Raptors this season than Shawn Marion was last season are mistaken … even though The Matrix was playing out of position much of the time.

    I am holding off on my judgments of the Raptors’ actual prospects for this season until I get a chance to see first-hand what the 5-man unit of:

    Calderon + DeRozan + Turkoglu + Bosh + Bargnani

    looks like on the court together.

    Q1. Could it work, in a major way?
    A1. Yes it could.

    Q2. Could it also blow up in the team’s face, again?
    A2. Yes it could.

    DeRozan’s defense has to be rated as questionable at this point.
    Turkoglu’s defense is average at-best.
    Bargnani’s defense is poor.
    Calderon’s defense is not his strong point.
    Bosh’s defense, at the PF position, is not his strong point.

    Mike D’Antoni is not the head coach for this team.
    Amare Stoudemire is not the Center for this team.
    Steve Nash is not the Point Guard for this team.

    There are going to be a number of teams in the EC this season with the type of defense and rebounding it takes to nullify the perceived offensive advantage which the Raptors are thought to have according to many of the team’s fans/bloggers/mainstream media coverage/etc.

  6. Dave,

    As a point of comparison with Andrea Bargnani …

    How do you think a one-dimensional player like Steve Novak would have performed in those same 46 games last season for the Raptors, if he had been given the same amount of PT and the license to shoot a similar number of shots, playing alongside of Chris Bosh, Shawn Marion, Anthony Parker and Jose Calderon?

  7. Khandor,

    The Raptors would have been worse defensively and a lot worse on the backboards.

    They also would have been significantly worse offensively because Novak is strictly a stand still shooter — 98% of his shots were jumpers and 92% of those shots were assisted on — and could be eliminated even easier than Bargnani’s scoring can be. I don’t think Novak could get off as many good shots as Bargnani could, so either his points per game are a lot lower or his scoring efficiency falls off the map.

    As for Novak’s numbers, I’d think around 12 and 4 with better scoring efficiency than Bargnani. With the shots going to somebody else, the Raptors would only see a small drop offensively, but a larger one defensively and a larger one again on the backboards.

    The team would get a lot worse (mainly because of the defense + rebounding). If Novak had those 35 minutes, I think the Raptors probably drop another 5 games at the minimum.

  8. Dave,

    FYI …

    Andrea Bargnani

    82games.comHollinger’s PER

    Steve Novak

    82games.comHollinger’s PER

    It’s an interesting comparison … especially, when you factor their respective salaries into the equation.

  9. Dave,

    Not sure why the links aren’t working in that comment.

  10. Khandor,

    Not sure either, I added the links in for you — for the PER production by position page.

  11. Dave,

    Actually, there should have been four links in that comment:

    1. Bargnani’s individual stats from 82games.com
    2. Bargnani’s PER stats from John Hollinger
    3. Novak’s individual stats from 82games.com
    4. Novak’s PER stats from John Hollinger.

    Thanks.

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