Is Bargnani's offensive game so outstanding that it outweighs the negative effect he has on the other end of the court? I really don't think so. Bargnani is a very good scorer, but he's simply not extraordinary. If he were, he'd be averaging more than 21 ppg on 18 shots per game. Yes, he's a matchup nightmare for most bigs, but teams are starting to realize that they can defend him by sticking a tall small forward on him. And the fact is that unless he's scoring at least .75 points per minute, he gives up as more than he produces because he does nothing else.
True winners don't play guys who refuse to do the dirty work. Bargnani either can't or won't. When in doubt, I usually just think: WWPD?
What Would Popovich Do?
If Bargnani was drafted by the Spurs, they would have traded him away by now because they know what it takes to win.