Teams: Timberwolves, Blazers, Hawks, Lakers, Nuggets
By the end of his rookie season, it seemed as though Isaiah Rider would have a long and promising career. During the 1993-94 season, Rider won the Slam Dunk Contest and was named to the All-Rookie 1st Team while averaging 16 points per game. He would also go on to be one of the league's most consistent scorers, averaging 18.9 points per fame and posting a .448 field goal percentage over the next four seasons.
Though he excelled on the court, behavioral issues started in his sophomore season when he began feuding with Minnesota coach Bill Blair to the point where the team had to suspend Rider in December. During his time in Minnesota, Rider was also convicted of kicking the female manager of a sports bar and charged with marijuana possession. He was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers in 1996 where he racked up more dubious acts, such as spitting on a fan in Detroit, which earned him a $10,000 fine and a three-game suspension.
But one of his most tumultuous seasons came in his one year with the Atlanta Hawks. Though he averaged 19 points per game, he had no chemistry with his teammates and infamously said he felt "betrayed" by them and team general manager Pete Babcock for informing the league of his marijuana use. Rider even said he'd "have his boys take [Dikembe Mutombo] out" during All-Star weekend in his hometown of Oakland. SMH. Rider was released at the end of the season.
He'd win a ring with the Lakers in 2001 despite being left off the playoff roster. But by 2002, he was out of the league altogether. That didn't stop the East Bay baller from racking up more arrests, though, as in 2007 he was sentenced to seven months in jail after pleading guilty to drug and battery charges.