The All-Time Raptors "No Show" team
Old 02-08-2008, 02:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default The All-Time Raptors "No Show" team

Now for the flip side off the All-Time Raptors team here are the no shows that TSN mentioned.

Any names they've missed off this squad?

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Point Guard: BJ Armstrong (1995)

Armstrong was selected from the Chicago Bulls with the first overall pick in the 1995 Expansion Draft. Armstrong refused to report for training camp and the Raps eventually sent him to the Golden State Warriors for Carlos Rogers and Victor Alexander.

Shooting Guard: Kenny Anderson (1998)

The Raptors acquired Anderson, Alvin Williams and Gary Trent from the Portland Trail Blazers in the Damon Stoudamire deal. Anderson refused to report to Toronto, so just five days later he was shipped to Boston with Zan Tabak and Popeye Jones for Chauncey Billups, Dee Brown, Roy Rogers and John “Big Kitchen” Thomas.

Small Forward: John Salmons (2006)

In the summer of 2006, the 6-foot-6 combo guard had agreed to a sign-and-trade that would see Salmons leave the Philadelphia 76ers for the Toronto Raptors. But less than a week later, Salmons had backed out of the deal saying that the Raptors weren't a good fit for him. Salmons would eventually sign with the Sacramento Kings.

Power Forward: Alonzo Mourning (2004)

The Raptors acquired Mourning in the infamous Vince Carter trade. From the outset, Mourning refused to report to Toronto and many insisted that he was finished as a player. Toronto bought out the final two years of Mourning's contract, making him a free agent. Mourning promptly signed with the Miami Heat and would go on to win an NBA championship with Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O'Neal.

Centre: Hakeem Olajuwon (2001)

Ok, so Olajuwon actually did show up, but only in the most literal sense. The Dream played just 61 games for the Raptors, but he had checked out long before that. The Raptors sent the Rockets two draft picks for Olajuwon – one of which ended up becoming Bostjan Nachbar. Olajuwon, named to the 50 greatest NBA players of all-time, put up the lowest numbers of his career with Toronto, averaging just 7.1 points and 6.0 rebounds.


Herb Williams (1996): Williams was acquired with Doug Christie from the Knicks for Willie Anderson and Victor Alexander. At first, Williams refused to come to Toronto, but the Raptors informed him that if he didn't play the team would be forced to forfeit a game because it didn't have enough players. Williams ended up playing 31 minutes that night and was quickly waived so he could rejoin the Knicks.
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Old 02-08-2008, 02:56 PM   #2 (permalink)

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nice topic. you could argue that Vince Carter deserves consideration for some of his non-showings.
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That Boston trade that sent Kenny Anderson there wasn't a bad deal at all for Toronto. Yeah, Chauncey didn't want to play here, but Dee Brown played a key role during the "playoffs" years, Roy Rogers was a good shot blocker (not much else though) and I was always a fan of John Thomas. He always worked hard and was a big body.
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RIGHT. i forgot about Chauncy.
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