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.
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14 Kris Humphries, PF/C, 2006-2009
The former first round pick of the Utah Jazz was traded to the Toronto Raptors in 2006 and was ultimately a major disappointment. Humphries played in only 159 of the 246 possible games during his three-year stint in Toronto and, in that time, he only started two of those games and averaged 4.6 points per game during his tenure in Canada. He appeared in nine playoff games in a Raptors uniform and collected only one point per game. Unfortunately for the Raptors, Humphries went on to have a pretty decent career after being traded to the Dallas Mavericks in the 2009 offseason. Unfortunately for Humphries, he is more known for his relationship with Kim Kardashian than his play on the court.
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.
The largest beef with Bargnani comes on the defensive side of the ball. He is arguably one of the poorest defenders in the league and averages only 4.8 rebounds per game as a starting center.
12 Tyler Hansbrough, PF/C, 2013-2015
One of thebetter college basketball players of all time, Tyler Hansbrough called Toronto his home for the past two seasons. Sadly for Raptors' fans, Hansbrough's play at North Carolina never translated to the NBA. In two seasons as a Raptor, he only made 12 starts while averaging only 4.2 points per game. In his seven playoff appearances in Toronto, his average become even more abysmal, lowering to 1.7 points per game. Toronto decided to part ways with the former All-American this past off-season and he is now a member of the Charlotte Hornets.
12. Marcus Banks, PG, 2008-2011
Marcus Banks was a former first-round draft choice who had a mediocre start to his NBA career. Unfortunately, once he was traded to the Raptors, he somehow got even worse. In his two plus seasons as a Raptor, he appeared in only 31 games. In those games, he averaged 4.2 points per game while shooting a disastrous 27.6% from three point range. He also struggled with his role as a point guard as he averaged 1.1. assists per game as well as 0.8 turnovers a game. The Raptors decided to trade him in the middle of the 2010-2011 season to the then-New Orleans Hornets. After the 2011 NBA season, Banks was unable to find another job in the NBA.
11 Landry Fields, SF, 2012-2015
Landry Fields made his way to Toronto via free agency when he signed a three-year deal in 2012 worth $6.25 million per year. Unfortunately, he has not lived up to his price tag during his time in Toronto. While he was in New York, Fields showed potential, averaging 9.3 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. In the three following seasons in Toronto, he never played more than 51 games and has averaged only 3.3 points per game. The former Stanford standout has been equally as disappointing in the playoffs, as he has only been healthy enough to play in three playoff games and didn't score in those games.
10 Jimmy King, SG, 1995-1996
Jimmy King is remembered most from his time at the University of Michigan, as King was a member of the infamous Fab Five before he became a Toronto Raptor. In his rookie season, King appeared in only 62 games while averaging 4.5 points per game. The Raptors had seen enough after one year and traded King to the Dallas Mavericks shortly after his rookie season. King's career only lasted one more year before he retired. King has most recently been in the news for his role in the Fab Five documentary produced by ESPN.
9 Shawn Respert, SG, 1997-1998
Shawn Respert was the 8th overall pick by the Portland Trail Blazers (and immediately traded to Milwaukee) in the 1995 Draft and was expected to produce right away. That never happened for Respert in Milwaukee and he was traded to the Raptors during the 1996-1997 NBA season. Respert played only 71 games, before the Raptors decided to move on from him. During his time north of the border, he provided 5.5 points per game. The front office deemed his production and attitude were not enough of an asset to the team and he was waived in the middle of the 1998-1999 season.
8 Chris Jefferies, SG/SF, 2002-2004
Chris Jefferies played a little over one season as a member of the Toronto Raptors. The former first-round pick of the Los Angeles Lakers was traded to Toronto on draft day in 2002. During his stint in a Raptors' uniform, Jefferies played in 51 games and averaged only 3.9 points per game. At the end of the day, his shooting percentage rested at 39% and he shot 68.2% from the line. The front office decided it was not enough for the team and he was traded in the middle of the 2003-2004 season to the Chicago Bulls where his career ultimately came to an end after the 2004 season.
7 Chuck Hayes, PF/C, 2013-2015
Chuck Hayes was a part of the package that Toronto received for Rudy Gay from the Sacramento Kings. Unfortunately for the Raptors, Hayes did not pan out. He only spent a little over one season in Toronto, but made zero starts and averaged only 2.0 points per game. Toronto saw little potential in Hayes and cut ties with Hayes over the off-season. The University of Kentucky product signed a deal with the Los Angeles Clippers for the upcoming NBA season.
6 Joey Graham, SF, 2005-2009
Joey Graham was selected 16th overall by the Toronto Raptors in the 2005 NBA Draft out of Oklahoma State University. Graham was never able to live up to the first-round hype as he only averaged 5.9 points per game throughout his NBA career while shooting 30% from beyond the three-point line. In his four-year stint in Toronto, the Raptors made the playoffs twice, but Graham only appeared in eight games while contributing 2.0 points per game. After four seasons in Toronto, the Raptors' front office decided to let Graham go. He played for the Nuggets and the Cavaliers for two more seasons before hanging up his shoes.
5 Hassan Adams, SG, 2008-2009
Hassan Adams was drafted by the New Jersey Nets in the 2006 NBA Draft and made his way to Toronto through free agency. Unfortunately for Adams, his time there was not what he had hoped for at all. In his one season, he only appeared in 12 games and totaled 11 points for an average of 0.9 per game while shooting a measly 30.8% from the field. Thanks to his lack of playing time and poor performances, Adams was traded to the Clippers after just one season as a Raptor, before being released by them and the former Arizona standout never made it back to the NBA.
4 Maceo Baston, PF, 2002-2003, 2007-2008
After being drafted by the Chicago Bulls in the 1998 NBA Draft, Maceo Baston never could make it to the NBA until the Raptors have him a chance in 2002. He had two stints in Toronto, but only played in a total of 31 games, making only two starts. In his appearances, he averaged 2.6 points per game. As a power forward, he averaged only 1.6 rebounds per game and 0.5 blocks per game, which wasn't enough to merit a spot on the roster. Unfortunately for Baston, the Toronto Raptors traded him in the 2008 season to the Indiana Pacers and no team signed him after that season.
3 Michael Stewart, PF/C, 1998-2002
Michael Stewart entered the NBA as an undrafted free agent. The Toronto Raptors signed him in 1998 in the hopes that he could contribute to their lacking front-court. Stewart was never able to produce anything substantial for the Raptors. In his four seasons, he made only three starts and never averaged more than 10 minutes per game. During his tenure in Canada, he shot 37.4% from the field and 60.5% from the free throw line. As a big man in the NBA, you have to be able to have a high shooting percentage. Ultimately, this and his lack of rebounding (2.0 rebounds per game) led to his departure from Toronto. He was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers right before the start of the 2002/03 season.
2 Michael Bradley, C/PF, 2001-2004
Michael Bradley was the 17th overall pick in the 2001 NBA Draft by the Toronto Raptors. Bradley played for the Raptors for the next three seasons, not coming close to the expectations bestowed upon as a first round pick. In three seasons, he only appeared in 98 of the possible 246 games, starting 11. He averaged only 3.8 points per game as a Raptor and shot a miserable 51.9% from the free throw line. On top of that, he was only able to corral 4.5 rebounds per contest. All-in-all, Bradley was a major disappointment as a former first round pick and the Raptors' front office decided to waive him during the 2004 season.
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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