Andrea Bargnani, talking to an Italian newspaper, summed up his Toronto Raptors – 5-19, winners of two straight – thusly:
We pretty much the worst NBA team. The summer market was made to build a winning team, but we are not winning. We are below all expectations. Nobody is used to playing with anyone. We won 4 games: it’s a tragic thing, from whatever side you look at it is a desperate situation.
Bargnani, the #1 pick in the 2006 draft, is being booed regularly at home (though he’s out now with an elbow injury) as he’s enduring one of the worst seasons of his career. Two years ago he peaked at 21.4 ppg, but it has been all downhill since, and he’s currently shooting 39 percent from the field and just 31 percent on 3-pointers.
Reminder to Toronto fans – the 2006 draft didn’t have much talent in it, and there were four majors busts in the Top 10, but if you’re compiling a starting five from that draft, Bargnani ain’t making the cut:
PG – Rondo
SG – Redick
SF – Rudy Gay
PF – Millsap
C – Aldridge