Top 15 Worst Draft Mistakes By The Toronto Raptors

The city of Toronto has not been a haven for powerhouses as it pertains to the world of professional sports. It has been roughly five decades since the Toronto Maple Leafs, once royalty among National Hockey League franchises, competed for and won a Stanley Cup, and the current Leafs do not appear to be close to hoisting that famous trophy anytime soon. The Toronto Blue Jays last won a pennant and a World Series in 1993, and, while the Jays have not been awful as of late, they have not been able to make a return to the MLB mountaintop. Major League Soccer side Toronto FC has tried to fix the club's woes via multiple big-name signings, but those signings have not yet won the team a meaningful title.

Then, there are the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association. The Raptors have been as entertaining as they have been frustrating for fans of the club over the years, as there have been multiple times when it seemed as if the Raptors were ready to take that next step only before the club ultimately fell short of its goal. One reason that the Raptors have been able to draw attention from local fans and from the media is that the team has a history of drafting well. Chris Bosh, DeMar DeRozan and Tracy McGrady are just three examples of solid draft decisions made by Toronto.

Like every NBA team, though, the Raptors have also been responsible for more than a few draft miscues over the years. Truth be told, the Raptors made what some have referred to as one of the worst overall draft picks in NBA history back in 2004. Rather than selecting a man who was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2015 NBA Finals, the Raptors drafted a player that fans of the team would rather just forget. That player must have impressed the Toronto front office with his size, because one would struggle to come up redeeming qualities about the man's attributes as a competitor on the court.

15 Jonas Valanciunas

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14 Albert Miralles


13 DeAndre Daniels


12 Jimmy King


11 P.J. Tucker

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10 Remon van de Hare


9 Bruno Caboclo

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8 Tyson Wheeler


7 Jonathan Bender


6 Joey Graham


5 Charlie Villanueva

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4 Michael Bradley


3 Andrea Bargnani

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2 Alek Radojevic


1 Rafael Araujo


The Raptors stunned many supposed NBA Draft experts when the club picked Rafael Araujo with the eighth selection of the 2004 draft. Toronto instead could have “reached” on Andre Iguodala, who went next, who went on to become a NBA Champion and NBA Finals MVP with the Golden State Warriors. There was, unfortunately for Toronto, little valuable about Araujo. Araujo was big, yes, but he was also slow and hardly an impact-player on the court. In the end, Araujo would play in just 139 games before he found himself out of the NBA. It is, to this day, one of the worst draft picks in NBA history.

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