5 All-Stars Toronto Raptors painfully passed on in NBA Draft

NBA All-Star Domantas Sabonis (Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports)
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Zach Randolph
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2. Zach Randolph, 2001 NBA Draft (19th overall)

Raptors selection: Michael Bradley (17th overall)

The Raptors headed into the 2001 NBA Draft in need of a big to anchor the franchise into the future alongside Vince Carter. And with the 17th overall pick, Toronto decided to take a shot on Michael Bradley, an extremely productive player who had made quite the jump in production after his transfer from Kentucky to Villanova.

For as good as Bradley was in college, he didn’t exactly make the transition to the NBA that well. An injury-riddled three-season stint in Toronto destroyed his potential, and he was ultimately let go by the Raptors. In the end, Bradley would be remembered as a bust for the Raptors.

Michael Bradley over Zach Randolph stings for the Toronto Raptors.

During his best season with the team, he averaged just five points and six rebounds on 48 percent shooting from the field. What makes the Bradley pick all the more disappointing is the fact that Zach Randolph was selected just two picks later at No. 19.

Randolph would make two all-star games throughout his career but is known as one of the best post players in modern NBA history. From 2003-11, Randolph was one of the most productive big men in the league. Specifically, during the 2006-07 season, Randolph averaged 24 points and 10 rebounds on 47 percent shooting from the field. Oops!