There is a lot of critics of Bargnani - rightfully so. However, he does a lot of good for the Raptors. This was evident tonight versus the Bulls.
The Bulls are a very good defensive team (9th best in the league). However the Raptors had nothing going on offense. Part of this could be and is attributable to Calderon not playing however even in the three prior games without Calderon they have still averaged nearly 112 points per game.
Tonight with no Bargnani, the Bulls clogged the middle, gave the Raptors nothing, and dared Weems, DD, Kleiza, Wright, Davis and Johnson to beat them with jumpers. The only real threat to score from the outside was Bayless and Barbosa.
It is my opinion, Bargnani's mere presence creates opportunities for teammates by creating space and drawing the opposing teams bigs out of the key.
The Bargnani-Bashers will disagree but I'm just calling it like I see it tonight.
Regardless if Bargnani plays, sits, or is traded, the Raptors need to get better on the WINGS.
*EDIT: Forgot to mention the Raps were able to put up 106ppg against the top defensive team in the league, BOS*