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.
Players who were past-their-prime and/or broken down
Hakeem would go down as arguably the greatest big man to ever play the game. The Nigerian center was a revelation and would ball in any era, even today (see Joel Embiid).
Olajuwon was old and couldn't cut it with the new-look Rockets. So he Dream Shook his way to Toronto, where he lasted one season before retiring. Raptors fans never got a taste of his Hall of Fame ability with his whopping 7.1 points and 6 rebounds per game.
Continuing the trend of All-Star players who the Raptors acquired way too late, O'Neal was a desperate Colangelo trade that went awry (one of the first of his many experiments gone wrong).
Apparently never having played more than 69 games in the last four seasons wasn't enough of a sign, O'Neal was a complete shell of himself with the Raptors, hitting the 20-point mark just twice in his first 23 games. Both Colangelo and the fans couldn't endure the stink any longer and he was sent packing on Valentine's Day.
Fans often cry "overpaid!" whenever the Raptors sign a coveted free agent. But that just goes to show how unlucky Toronto has been. Their big-time free agent signing was the "coveted" free agent DeMarre Carroll when he was really overpaid at $60 million over 4 years.
Instead of getting the bonafide "3-and-D" player he was supposed to be, the Raptors got a washed-up dude who limped his way off the team in 2017. He was so bad the Raptors had to trade both of their 2018 picks to Brooklyn just to get rid of him.
Where to begin with this guy? It's one thing to be no longer have it due to age or injuries. It's an entirely different thing to just not care about basketball anymore.
After having career seasons with the Magic in the previous two seasons, the Raptors signed-and-traded for Turkoglu. The 30-year-old averaged 19.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 5.0 assists in his banner year, where he won the Most Improved Player award. He messed around and got triple-doubles too.
Brought in to convince Chris Bosh to stay, Turkoglu was supposed to be the "Robin" to his "Batman". Instead, Turkoglu played more of the playboy Bruce Wayne part and left none of the Robin or Batman parts as he stunk up the joint with his worst scoring average (11.3) in six seasons.
Turkoglu called in sick to a game due to a "stomach virus" then was promptly spotted by fans in a Yorkville nightclub. He was benched by the team as a disciplinary measure. But it only gets better!
A few months later, Turkoglu went on Turkish TV to throw shade at the Raptors and boldly proclaimed he was ditching the team.
In that ensuing offseason, he was shipped away to Phoenix where he would last 25 games before being traded back to Orlando. Only this time, he would get suspended for peeing hot.
Toronto fans are used to being disappointed whether it's choking in the playoffs or getting turned down by NBA stars. But there's a special something that angers fans to this day about a former stud who takes the team's money and literally loafs.
Raptors fans loved none of these scrubs and we won't feel a little bit sorry for any of them. Except maybe for this guy.
As the first Brazilian nicknamed "Baby" to don a Raptors uniform, Araujo quickly found himself in a high-pressure situation when much-maligned general manager Rob Babcock (Rest in Peace) reached to take him eighth overall in the 2004 NBA Draft.
Heck, maybe if Babcock took Korean giant Ha-Seung Jin it would at least be funny as a spectacular dumpster fire. But with Araujo? Not only was this pick underwhelming, but his brief career with the team could be described as a quiet half-suppressed fart that still reeks of stale eggs.
Araujo played around 12 minutes a game as a rookie, wowing fans with his 3.3 points and 3.1 rebounds and inspiring athleticism (definitely the same kind that saw him shattering backboards in South America).
What's amazing is how Araujo easily collected boos and jeers from the Toronto faithful despite the team already being crappy and him barely playing. If anything, we can thank "Hoffa" for getting Babcock fired (as rumours suggested).
We hate ourselves for making this list so predictable. But I mean, come on, did you expect anyone else to be at the top of this slideshow?
Initially, we were going to include Bargnani as part of our Fan Favourite series. But we couldn't bring it upon ourselves to crucify the journalist integrity of any of our writers. Although let's give the Primo Pasta superstar his due.
Bargnani was drafted first overall in 2006, the first and only first overall pick in franchise history. When you look at this landmine-filled draft class, the Raptors didn't too bad taking Bargnani. They could've taken LaMarcus Aldridge (who Bosh wanted) or Brandon Roy. However, they also could've been stuck with Adam Morrison.
Even as Bargnani showed flashes in his rookie and sophomore seasons and kept bumping up his scoring averages and blocks in the next four years, it was clear he wasn't going to amount to anything. Except maybe a seven-foot meme (to this day.
Bargnani's best year statistically came in the 2010-11 season when he scored 21.4 points and blocked 1.7 shots in 36 minutes of action while hitting 34.5% of his threes. The Raptors won a grand total of 22 games that year.
Known as "Il Mago" (The Magician), Bargnani was kind of ahead for his time. A center who hits threes? Heck, he's the original Splash Mountain. But if only his burning passion for playing basketball coupled by his phenomenal athleticism didn't hold him back. God forbid!
Rag on Bargnani all you want. But this man is single-handedly responsible for leading the Raptors to a championship. Don't believe it?
Bargnani led the Raptors to the fifth-overall pick in the 2011 draft, which they used to draft Jonas Valanciunas who they traded for Marc Gasol. Then, on his way to New York, Bargnani got the Raptors a 2016 first-round pick. This pick became Jakob Poeltl, who the Raptors traded for Kawhi Leonard.
Yeah, there's a little bit more to those details. But think about it. If this Italian sauce-maker wasn't around, the Raptors wouldn't be where they are now.