10 Toronto Raptors who turned their back on the franchise

Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady, Toronto Raptors
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No. 9: Jalen Harris

The Raptors drafted Jalen Harris late in the 2020 NBA Draft. He had something of an inspiring story, bouncing back from a broken back to establish himself as one of the best players in his conference at Nevada before entering the draft and joining Toronto for the COVID-delayed 2021-22 season.

The 6'5" shooting guard shot the lights out in the G League and earned some late-season run with the top squad. That included four consecutive double-digit scoring outings late in the season, including a 31-point explosion against the Dallas Mavericks. The young rookie looked like the latest draft find for the organization.

Then it all came crashing down. That summer he was suspended by the NBA for violating the NBA's anti-doping program. He was out of the league for a full year, then when he returned he could never catch on with a team; he wouldn't play another NBA minute after that breakout rookie season. His 31-point game, in fact, would be the last one he would ever play in the league.

The pressure on players that often push them to PEDs is a complicated conversation, but Harris went from an exciting rookie on the rise to being entirely unavailable to the team. Whatever the cause, the outcome was a player unable to help the team.