3. Loren Woods, C, 2004-2006
After making a run to the Final Four at Arizona, Woods was drafted in the second round of the 2001 draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves. He didn’t make much of an impression over his first three seasons in the league, starting just 13 games over that span.
The seven-footer was acquired by the Toronto Raptors in 2004 as they looked for a stable frontcourt partner for Bosh. Woods was one of a handful of centers the Raptors brass grabbed from the bargain bin in 2004. Needless to say, none of them worked out.
Loren Woods never thrived for the Toronto Raptors.
The fact that the Raptors even tried to use a guy of Woods caliber and pedigree to start a whopping 30 games in 2004-05 was a sign of how dire their straits were at center.
While playing 15.8 minutes a game, Woods had a career year by his standards, posting highs in points (3.9) and rebounds (3.1) per game. Woods did an admirable job, but he should never have been asked to play at the level of an NBA starter.
He started just four games the next year, played in Lithuania the year after that, and ended his professional career in 2007-08, when he dressed for just seven games with the Rockets.