1. Rafael Araujo, C, 2004-2006
This was the guy that general manager Rob Babcock was really banking on becoming the guy in the middle for the Toronto Raptors. Araujo was drafted eighth overall by the Raptors in 2004, but the Brazilian big was never able to get any solid footing for himself in the NBA.
In his two years in Toronto, the 6-11 big man started 75 games, but averaged paltry numbers. He tallied just 2.9 points and 3.0 rebounds per game on 40 percent from the field in 12 minutes per contest. Talk about a lack of return on investment for a first-round pick.
Rafael Araujo is an all-time Toronto Raptors bust.
After two years, he was shipped to Utah, where he played in just 28 games. Araujo was quickly canned by Jazz coach Jerry Sloan, and the former BYU star spent the rest of his professional career playing in places like Russia and Brazil. What a fall from grace.
Shooting 40 percent from the floor as a big man around the basket is awful, but the rift between Babcock (who drafted Araujo) and head coach Sam Mitchell also limited his playing time. Either way, Babcock’s drafting of Araujo likely led directly to the general manager’s dismissal in 2006. Araujo is one of the worst examples of wasted draft capital in the Raptors’ short history.