Re: Andre Bargnani's past month
I think the whole plan with the Raps -- and it's Colangelo's MO -- is you have to be able to play multiple positions. Look at Phoenix last year. All there guys were playing out of position. Diaw as a starting centre? Marion a PF. And they won almost 65 games.
Obviously, Bosh is the 4 for as long as he is a Raptor. But Bargs needs to get starters minutes next year. So where do you put him? At the 5 he has to bang all season long with beef like Shaq, and that's not what he is suited to. He is a finesse player - always will be.
At the 3, you can totally zone up for long stretches so he isn't ISO'd on someone like Caron Butler. But in stretches, I totally think he can guard 3s. But they can switch up if need be as well, and he can play the 4 when Bosh is out, or the 5 for spots duty as well.
But you guys are forgetting something -- the best teams in the league force the action, and make the other teams play their style. A line-up with 3 seven footers would cause nightmares trying to defend that. Especially mobile players who have sick range, can handle the rock, go left and right, post up and pass like crazy.
I don't want to see Bargs playing the 3 exclusively for the rest of his career. That's nuts. But in Colangelo's system, you better be able to play 2 or 3 positions. I like Bargs better at the 3 than the 5.