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The addition of Andrea Bargnani to the Knicks has been one of the strangest stories of the basketball season.
In a vacuum, Bargnani has quietly been impressive during his time in New York, but he's a poor fit with the team offensively due to his propensity for mid-range jumpers. Defensively, he's solid as a one-on-one defender, but with Tyson Chandler missing plenty of time, he's been asked to play in the middle way more than he can handle.
While you could make the case that, in terms of talent, Bargnani is worth a future first-round pick, his actual impact on the team hasn't been close to what you'd expect to get for the package the Knicks gave away from him.
Bargnani is out indefinitely with a torn UCL, but if he returns this season, the Knicks could use his scoring with Raymond Felton, J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert continuing to struggle.
Come the summer, Bargnani will likely pick up his $11.5 million player option, but when he eventually hits free agency, he'll be left in a pretty tough situation. He's a solid player, but weighed against the expectations of being picked No. 1 overall and traded for three future draft picks, his perception in the public eye has been warped somewhat.