Andrea Bargnani is a different player. His great ability for long distance shooting has an impact because of his length. He arrives now at Laboral Kutxa Baskonia after ten seasons appearances in the NBA.
‘Il Mago’, as Bargnani is dubbed (which translated means The Magician), was the first pick in the 2006 draft selected by the Toronto Raptors. Canadian franchise usually trusts in the talent of international players. That was the case for Andrea, who commanded a fantastic generation of players who are at his prime in the NBA, such as Lamarcus Aldrige, Rajon Rondo, Kyle Lowry, J.J. Redick or Paul Millsap.
The power forward who in Vitoria-Gasteiz will play the role of a center amasses milestones as a basketball player. By the time he had preparing to step into the NBA Bargnani had a standout performance in Treviso winning the Euroleague Rising Star prize.
Besides, Bargnani was the first european player and the sixth non-american player in being picked on the top of the NBa draft. His name is linked to a star-studded hall of famers who form the elite of the league.
Compared to Dirk Nowitzki in many occassions due to his game, Andrea made the debut in the NBA on November 1, 2006 against his latest team, Brooklyn Nets. There he has closed up his first NBA stage and after having played with Italy the Olympics Qualifiers he makes a new step as baskonista.