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Draft: No. 1 pick by the Toronto Raptors in 2006
Specs: 7'0", PF/C
Career Stats: 15.0 points, 4.9 rebounds, 43.8 percent from the field and 35.5 percent from three-point range
Contract: $11.5 million in 2014-15
Blame Dirk Nowitzki for teams constantly trying to find the next Dirk Nowitzki. A 7-footer who can stretch the floor and get a few rebounds? Makes sense to want one of those.
The thing is, he's still very unique. For every Kevin Love, there's a handful of players like Nikoloz Tskitishvili or Andrea Bargnani.
Bargs made it work to an extent for a few years with the Raptors, who rolled the dice and used a No. 1 overall pick on him. But if things continue on the trajectory we've seen in the last few seasons, it's hard to imagine anyone giving him a big deal after this expiring one ends.
There are plenty of reasons not to sign Bargnani, but we'll focus on just three.
First, his rebounding numbers are atrocious for a player his size (7'0", 250 lbs). For his career, he has a rebounding percentage of 9.5 and a rebounding average of 4.9. To put that into perspective, 38 7-footers have logged as many minutes (14,387) as Bargnani in NBA history. His rebounding percentage is dead last in that group.
Second, Bargnani's really not much of a floor spacer. The one year he shot over 40 percent from three-point range is looking more like an outlier with each passing year. If you take 2008-09 out of the equation, he's shooting 34.4 percent from downtown. And in the last three seasons, he's at just 29.5 percent.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, Bargnani is a nightmare on defense. And I mean he's a nightmare for his own team. Analytics be darned on this one, I'll just let this image speak for itself.
(h/t Deadspin and The Starters)
That's a pretty serious list, and each item needs a lot of work. If he doesn't show something in 2014-15 with the Knicks, there's a good chance Bargnani could find himself working on a much smaller contract or on his way out of the league altogether.