In 1995, the NBA decided to expand into the Great White North. In doing so, the Toronto Raptors and the Vancouver Grizzlies were created. Unfortunately, NBA in Canada has not gone exactly as wanted and the Grizzlies later relocated to Memphis. The Raptors, however, have stayed in Toronto since the expansion and have flourished...financially at least. As any fan of basketball knows, the franchises' brief history has not gone totally as planned. In their first 20 seasons, their overall record is 678-914 (.426 winning percentage) while only making the playoffs seven times and winning zero NBA Championships.
It has not been all bad for Raptors' fans as the city has been blessed with players such as Chris Bosh, Vince Carter, and Tracy McGrady. And as the NBA season is less than a week away, Toronto's future looks bright with DeMarre Carroll and all-stars Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan leading the way. Although there have been a few bright spots over the years, there have actually been more bad memories than good ones. In fact, in their 20-year history, only five different players have been invited to the All-Star game.
With that being said, there have not been many stars to play north of the border, but, there have been a lot of busts, flops, and disappoints to call Canada their home. We went back through the history of the Franchise and compiled a list of the Top 15 worst players in Toronto Raptors' history. These players struggled immensely during their stint in a Raptors' uniform and find themselves on this list based on their play as a Raptor alone. One trend to notice as we make our way through this list is that the Toronto Raptors have bet on a lot of big men who turned out to be busts. Here we go.
14 Kris Humphries, PF/C, 2006-2009
13 Andrea Bargnani, PF/C, 2006-2013
Andrea Bargnani was selected as the first overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft and was loaded with potential. Although he's been able to average 15.0 points per game throughout his career, he is still considered a bust for the Raptors as he cost them more than $50 million. He has never played a full season in his career and has not played more than 42 games in the previous five seasons. Also, in his seven seasons in Toronto, the Raptors only made the playoffs on two occasions, losing both series.
12 Tyler Hansbrough, PF/C, 2013-2015
11 Landry Fields, SF, 2012-2015
10 Jimmy King, SG, 1995-1996
9 Shawn Respert, SG, 1997-1998
8 Chris Jefferies, SG/SF, 2002-2004
7 Chuck Hayes, PF/C, 2013-2015
6 Joey Graham, SF, 2005-2009
5 Hassan Adams, SG, 2008-2009
4 Maceo Baston, PF, 2002-2003, 2007-2008
3 Michael Stewart, PF/C, 1998-2002
2 Michael Bradley, C/PF, 2001-2004
1 Rafael Araujo, C, 2004-2006
Not only does Rafael Araujo come in at number one on this list, but he'd also come in at number one on the worst draft picks in Toronto Raptors history. Araujo was taken with the 8th overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft even after a college career filled with controversy. Araujo was taken before the likes of Al Jefferson, Andre Iguodala, Josh Smith and J.R. Smith. All of that aside, Araujo would've been a disappointment as a second-round pick. His NBA career only lasted three seasons, where he averaged 2.8 points per game and shot 40.5% from the field as a center. To make matters worse, he averaged more turnovers per game (0.8) than blocks (0.1). After his two seasons in Toronto, the Raptors traded him away to Utah, where he played one season and then retired.
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