The Toronto Raptors do not have the richest NBA history since they only began during the 1995-96 season. That does not mean there has not been a large amount of NBA players, whether it be role players or international stars, that have came and went through the Raptors organization. Many players can be forgotten as most players do not have that big of name recognition after retiring from the NBA.
Even some of the most die hard sports fans cannot remember every single player that has played for their team in the past. Today we will be revisiting some of the most forgotten players that have come through Toronto and figure out what they have been doing in retirement.
Most of these players do not have the most storied careers, or many fans may have never known who they were during their playing days. All of these players played for the Raptors at various points of their careers and went on to bigger things with other teams, or they faded into obscurity after not panning out with the team.
15. Alvin Williams
Alvin Williams probably is not forgotten to Raptors fans, as he played in Toronto longer than anyone on this list, but Williams does get lost in the shuffle for most NBA fans. He was a starter in the early 2000s, retiring in 2007, and continued to be a part of the franchise until he was fired in 2013. Since then, he has been linked with being an assistant with Brad Stevens in Boston, but as of last season he was a crucial part of player development in Philadelphia. He spent time in the D-League helping out younger players as well as helping all the high draft picks Philly has drafted during “The Process.” It has not been decided if Williams will be a part of the coaching staff again next season, but Williams seems very well connected at this point of his coaching career.
14. Rasho Nesterovic
After years of not having a true big man down low, Rasho Nesterovic was a player the Toronto fans embraced with open arms. He was supposed to be a missing piece, but his ability to play large minutes disappeared in the playoffs against faster teams. The Slovenian big man went back to his home country after his career was over in 2009, after his second go around with the Raptors. He didn’t just go back and enjoy retirement though, he joined an important position as Secretary General of the Basketball Federation of Slovenia. The organization itself seems huge by the amount of members it includes, as they list all the board members on their website. Nesterovic had the opportunity to continue playing basketball overseas after his time in the NBA, but decided to pass it up and spend more time with his four children.
13. Landry Fields
Raptors fans probably wish the could forget that Landry Fields played in Toronto, where he never lived up to his three-year, $20 million contract. During his time with the team, he averaged a putrid 3.3 points a game across those three seasons. When his contract was up, no suitors came for Fields, and he found himself facing retirement. After he found himself out of the league, Fields still wanted to hang around basketball, and found the perfect place to do it. He took his services to San Antonio just last season and is working with the team as a college scout. The Spurs seemingly draft people who fly under everyone’s radar, so Fields will have plenty of work to do to maintain the excellence expected with the Spurs.
12. Doug Christie
Doug Christie spent most of his early seasons of his career in Toronto, staying with them for five seasons before becoming a King. When it was time to to retire and deal with life after basketball, Christie choose to go back and find a job with the Kings, rather than the Raptors. The Kings fans simply loved Christie, as he was a part of the best era of Sacramento basketball. He is working with the franchise as an analyst, helping conduct post-game and pre-game shows for the team. He also has earned the opportunity to be along side long time King broadcaster every weekday on “The Grant Napear with Doug Christie Show” were his love for the King organization shines through.
11. Corie Blount
Corrie Blount was the definition of a journeyman, so his time while playing for the Raptors doesn’t deserve a place in the mind of many fans. Once he left the NBA, he got into some shady business. He was arrested for intent on distributing 29 pounds of marijuana, which he claimed was for a birthday party. He denied multiple times that he was trying to sell the weed, but the judge had a hard time believing Blount’s story that is was all for personal use with a couple buddies, and got a one year sentence. It was not the first time the former Raptor had been in trouble with the law, being pulled over as three guns were found along with more marijuana. Blount had a long career in the NBA, but it looks like he is having a hard time dealing with life after retirement.
10. Damon Stoudamire
Damon Stoudamire won Rookie of the Year, and many people still forget just how good “Mighty Mouse” was. Raptors fans definitely remember Stoudamire’s first two years in the league, where he sent the league on fire averaging 19.6 points per game and nearly nine assists with Toronto. When he left the Raptors, he forget to bring his talent to Portland, and many people don’t know or remember how good he was. Since his career ended, Stoudamire has been working hard on becoming a coach. He spent seven years as an assistant for various teams, including the Memphis Grizzlies, Arizona Wildcats, and Memphis Tigers before landing a head coaching position for the Pacific Tigers. Stoudamire will look to improve on the team’s 11-22 record this next season.
9. Donyell Marshall
Those who memorize NBA record books will know Donyell Marshall as the player who hit 12 three pointers in one game during 2005, and that is pretty much the only reason why Raptors fans would remember him either. In the game that Marshall tied Kobe Bryant’s record, he was actually a bench player. When his career was over, Marshall found his way into coaching, landing a job at Central Connecticut in 2016. He did not fare as well as Stoudamire did, finishing last season with a 6-23 record. Before landing the job at Central Connecticut, Marshall was an assistant coach at four different schools, and then was given the opportunity to be the top man at a collegiate program.
8. Carlos Arroyo
Carlos Arroyo will forever go down as possibly the most accomplished Puerto Rican to ever pick up a basketball, but his impact on NBA rosters, including the Raptors was minimal. After his NBA career, he continued to play basketball, this time overseas. In 2015 he retired from the Puerto Rican national team, as well as retiring from FC Barcelona that same year. When he left the NBA, he actually pursued a music career, in which he featured on multiple songs in 2011. Although he retired from international basketball in 2015, Arroyo came out of retirement in 2016 to participate in an Olympic qualifying game, but has not been seen playing basketball since and is looking to be involved with coaching the Puerto Rican national team he spent 15 seasons playing for.
7. Morris Peterson
Morris Peterson is one of the most established Raptors of all time, playing with the team for seven seasons and on some of the team’s best years. He was one of the best role players to ever play for the franchise. In 2015, Peterson was apart of the TSN broadcast team, but as of today no longer works for the company. Since then, Peterson has been focused on his bar and grill in his hometown of Flint, Michigan. The motto of the restaurant is, “Mo Food, Mo Sports, Mo Fun”. Aside from his business, Peterson has been the founding member for the Morris Peterson Jr. Foundation and put together a celebrity basketball game there to raise money for healthy water in the city. The fundraiser “Hoop 4 Water” was held in May 2017 and all the proceeds went to provide Flint, Michigan residents with water.
6. Rafer Alston
Rafer Alston should never be forgotten by NBA fans, but the reality is that many people will never remember “Skip To My Lou” as an NBA player, rather as the streetball legend he is. He actually found the most success he had in the NBA during his lone season as a Raptor, and stayed in the league six years after leaving Toronto in 2005. After an unsuccessful comeback to the NBA after 2011, and after failed trips to the D-League and China, Alston has focused on coaching today’s youth. He has gone the route of running and coaching multiple AAU teams in Texas. His Twitter account is full of information about his program, Team Rafer Alston. When taking a trip to the program’s website, it is easy to see how passionate and committed Alston is on these AAU programs based out of Katy, Texas.
5. Tracy Murray
During the first Raptors season, Tracy Murray was an absolute force, averaging 16.2 points in his first season where he saw a large amount of minutes. After that season he left Toronto, but returned five years later for a brief second stint. After he retired, Murray has bounced around various jobs, primarily serving as a broadcaster for the UCLA Bruins. In 2015, he took a one year break from UCLA and was hired as a shooting coach for the Los Angeles Lakers. After that season, Murray did not return to coach with the Lakers, and will be assuming his normal role with the Bruins this upcoming season. It is not know whether Murray wanted to go back to broadcasting instead of being on the Lakers staff, or if the Lakers did not wish to keep him around, but Murray is loving being around the UCLA program that he was a star in.
4. Sean Marks
This former player may be the most active person since leaving the Raptors and the NBA, with Sean Marks taking over as the general manager of the Brooklyn Nets. Many people would have no idea that Marks played with the Raptors, as he spent just his first two seasons in Toronto before taking a season off from the NBA and playing in Poland. Marks has possibly the toughest job in the NBA right now, trying to resurrect the Nets from the dead. Marks has made an impact on the franchise quickly, trading an often injured Brook Lopez for DeAngelo Russell, as well as trading for a player they tried to obtain last year in Allen Crabbe. Marks may not have had the brightest NBA career, but if he can make Brooklyn even close to relevant soon, it will be bigger than any accomplishment he had during his tenure in the league.
3. T.J. Ford
T.J. Ford’s career was marred by injuries, and was supposed to be the point guard of the future for the Milwaukee Bucks when he was selected eighth in the loaded 2003 draft. That never materialized and he got a fresh start with the Raptors, only to face more injury woes. Since his exited from the NBA in 2011, Ford has graduated from college at Texas, and has started his own basketball academy. In 2017, Ford was able to reunite with former Texas coach Rick Barnes when he was able to get his degree from Texas. The exchange between them was priceless, as both of them were very emotional after not seeing each other for 14 years. Ford has also started the T.J. Ford Basketball Academy, which focuses help youth basketball players achieve their goals. Overall, it looks like Ford has made a successful transition after his time in the league.
2. John Salley
Is there something John Salley hasn’t done since he retired from the NBA? His bio on his own website states that he is a “Master of Habit Change, NBA Champ, Actor, Philanthropist.” People may not remember his stop in Toronto during his career, as he only played about half a season after being traded to the Raptors. Salley has gone on to do a number of things, including hosting “Best Damn Sports Show Period”, and is currently a health and wellness activist who promotes being vegan. Salley has claimed this turned his life around and is focusing on promoting healthy eating habits. He has been linked to the recruiting pitch for LeBron James to go to Los Angeles while he was stopped by TMZ. Salley claimed that LeBron would love playing in L.A. as the team would resemble the “Showtime” Lakers.
1. Keon Clark
When Keon Clark was in the NBA, specifically in Toronto, he wasn’t the most useful player. Even though he had career years with the Raptors, Clark was primarily used as a backup. When he was out of the NBA, things took a dark turn for the worst. In 2013, Clark was sentenced to eight years in prison due to weapons charges as well as driving under the influence. It does not look like this was a one time event, as Clark was stopped by U.S. Marshals in 2007 while on a bus and arrested for similar charges. Before being sentenced, Clark was adamant that he will be making a major life adjustment once his time is served.
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