The numbers are encouraging.
As Daniel O'Brien of Today's Fastbreak writes Saturday, Andrea Bargnani averaged 17.7 points during Eurobasket contests where he saw 20-plus minutes. He shot the ball extremely efficiently, converting 51 percent from the field including 48 percent from beyond the international arc.
So was his health.
Other than a mild ankle sprain and a calf muscle issue, Bargnani didn't miss any time. A respected Italian hoops site wrote that he was "revived ... He reclaimed all his sublime technique and closed on a high."
His defense and rebounding were not stellar, although as O'Brien writes, "Bargnani showed some glimpses of sharp defense and even collected a couple of multi-block games at EuroBasket. But his tournament also featured late rotations, inconsistent positioning and soft rebounding."
How will he work with the Nets? "Andrea will give us the ability to space the floor and complement our other front court players," said King, who also suggested that the 7'1" Bargnani could back-up Brook Lopez.
O'Brien thinks the lack of foot speed will make pairing of the two seven-footers difficult, but he thinks other Nets bigs will work just fine, Willie Reed and Thomas Robinson in particular. He likes the potential pairing of Bargnani and former teammate, Shane Larkin.
Bottom line for O'Brien: "there’s a distinct opportunity for him to have a bounce-back season in 2015-16. Bargnani could excel in Hollins’s pick-and-roll sets, and the Nets might be able to hide his defensive weaknesses better than the Raptors or Knicks did. We’ll find out in a matter of weeks."