Andrea Bargnani (born 26 October 1985) is an Italian professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) power forward-center played for Benetton Treviso in the Italian Serie A and the Euroleague before being selected first overall in the 2006 NBA draft by the Toronto Raptors.
As a prospect, Bargnani drew many comparisons to German NBA player Dirk Nowitzki, mainly due to his ability to shoot from the perimeter, his mobility despite his size, and his ball-handling skills. Bargnani entered the 2006 NBA draft and was selected first overall by the Toronto Raptors. He is the first European player, sixth non-American player, and second player without U.S. college or high school experience to be drafted first overall, after Yao Ming.
On July 10, 2013, Bargnani was traded to the New York Knicks in exchange for Steve Novak, Marcus Camby and Quentin Richardson, along with a future first round draft pick (2016), and two future second round draft picks (2014 & 2017). On January 22, 2014, in a loss against the Philadelphia 76ers, Bargnani suffered a torn ligament in his left elbow after a failed dunk attempt, and was ruled out indefinitely, eventually missing the rest of the regular season. The Knicks finished the season at 37-45 and missed the playoffs.
On July 17, 2015, Bargnani signed with the Brooklyn Nets. He made his debut for the Nets in the team’s season opener against the Chicago Bulls on October 28, recording 17 points and 7 rebounds off the bench in a 115–100 loss. On December 10, he scored a season-high 23 points in a 110–91 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.
Career highlights and awards
NBA All-Rookie First Team (2007)
Euroleague Rising Star (2006)
Italian League champion (2006)
2× Italian Cup champion (2004, 2005)
Italian League Best Player Under 22 (2006)