3. Andrea Bargnani
In 2013, the Knicks sent Marcus Camby, Steve Novak, Quentin Richardson, a 2016 first-round pick, a 2014 second-round pick, and a 2017 second-round pick to acquire the former number one draft pick from the Toronto Raptors. Andrea Bargnani didn’t play horribly for the Knicks.
He averaged double digits in both seasons (13.3 points in 2013-14 and 14.8 points in 2014-15) but missed too much time due to injuries and didn’t do what he was supposed to, which led to much discontent among fans.
The Knicks got Bargnani because he seemed to be a good fit next to Carmelo Anthony as a floor stretcher. However, as soon as he got to New York, he struggled to shoot from behind the arc. In the 2013-14 season, Bargnani only shot 27.8% from three on a much lower volume than what he showed in Toronto.
There was also a memorable instance in a December game against the Milwaukee Bucks, in which the Knicks were leading by two points with only twenty seconds left on the clock in overtime. Bargnani got an offensive rebound, and instead of running out the clock, he took a three and missed, which led to the Bucks sending the game into double-overtime. The Knicks still won, but this game is still a sore spot with many Knicks fans regarding the Bargnani trade.
Bargnani generally did not do enough to justify all the assets it cost to get him, and was also a part of the Knicks’ worst season during the Carmelo Anthony era. The Knicks obviously had many other problems during their 2014-15 season, where they posted a 17-65 record, but Bargnani only played 29 games, contributing to the general disappointment. By 2016, Bargnani was out of the NBA and playing in Spain.