4 Raptors who failed to meet expectations amidst dismal season

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No. 3: Ochai Agbaji

The Toronto Raptors made a surprising deal on NBA Trade Deadline day, sending a first-round pick to the Utah Jazz for veteran stretch-big Kelly Olynyk and second-year wing Ochai Agbaji. The allure of Agbaji is obvious: a college star whose game projects into a smaller supporting role as a 3-and-D wing with shot creation ability.

The book is far from written on Agbaji, but he certainly didn't instill confidence in the Raptors and their fans based on his play after arriving in town. He played 27 games in Toronto, 18 of them starts, and averaged just 6.7 points per game, shooting just 49.6 percent from 2-point range and a ghastly 21.7 percent from 3-point range.

The Cleveland Cavaliers drafted Agbaji 14th overall just two years ago, yet the former Kansas Jayhawk has been unable to prove himself a future NBA starter, and despite the Raptors having a massive need for someone like him to step up in the midst of their 15-game losing streak, the sophomore seemed overmatched while on the court.

There are hints of a long-term NBA player in Agbaji's tape, but he lacks consistency and any sort of an undeniable NBA skill. To reset expectations in a positive way he will need to improve his 3-point accuracy significantly; without a shot that opponents fear, he doesn't bring enough to the table and may not see the end of his rookie contract in Toronto.