Dec 10, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Knicks power forward Andrea Bargnani (77) drives to the basket against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the fourth quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Knicks coach Mike Woodson says Andrea Bargnani will start Saturday's game with Grizzlies


Apparently, Knicks head coach Mike Woodson has seen enough of Andrea Bargnani… as a bench player.

On the heels of Bargnani taking one of the most inexplicable shots in the history of the NBA (not an exaggeration, as you will see from the video), Woodson has inserted Bargnani back into the starting lineup for Saturday’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies. Hilariously, Bargnani has come off of the bench only twice all season, but one of those was on Wednesday, when the “shot head ’round the world” occurred.

To be honest, this isn’t a big change, but it’s interesting to see that Woodson is comfortable going with Bargnani alongside the now-healthy Tyson Chandler in the frontcourt. On paper, this makes sense against the Grizzlies given their history of big-time size and strength, but with Marc Gasol out, the match-ups aren’t quite as simple, and it looks like Woodson is simply trying something here.

Bargnani, to be fair, has been pretty solid this season, averaging 14.8 points per game with an above-average 16.24 PER, but his old issues have popped up (lack of rebounding, horrible off-ball defense) recently, and that has caused him great scrutiny. With Chandler back, he won’t be asked to play center hardly at all (which is a good thing), and maybe this move will get the former #1 overall pick going.

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