Toronto Raptors: The players who were opposite of fan favourites

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Looking for great players and beloved fan favourites? Get outta here. You’ll get none of those here, but instead, treat yourself to these five Toronto Raptors who set the world on a dumpster fire.

The Toronto Raptors haven’t been around for that long but their list of memorable players is never-ending. Sometimes they’re a fan favourite like Morris Peterson or Jonas Valanciunas. Sometimes franchise icons like Kyle Lowry or DeMar DeRozan. But for every one of these guys, you get, well… a dozen bozos.

Whether it’s a draft doodoo, a turd of a trade, or a free agency disaster, the Raptors have no shortage of guys who did not endear themselves to the fans. At all.

These aren’t bad dudes nor are they villains. In fact, some of them are actually good players. Or were good players until they donned the red and black and purple.

It’s hard to put an objective metric when compiling a list non-fan favourites. After all, who the fans cheer or jeer is almost entirely subjective. But what these guys have in common is that they were all spectacularly disappointing.

Just think of it this way: these players were good enough, or were a big deal enough, for you to pay attention and maybe even buy tickets to a game. But they were bad enough to spoil the game and/or make you regret ever watching or purchasing tickets.

We’ve all had plenty of disappointments in our lives. But most of us can at least take solace in the fact that our lives will not be as disappointing as the careers these players had with the Raptors. Universally reviled by Raptors fans everywhere, we present, the players who were NOT fan favourites.