No. 6 – Andrew Bogut, 2017
Near the end of the 2016-17 NBA season, the Cleveland Cavaliers were gearing up for another postseason run. They were the defending champions and looked even better than they had the season before, and seemed on a collision course with the Golden State Warriors once again.
Those Warriors had upgraded themselves, signing Kevin Durant in a move that required trading Andrew Bogut. Bogut was the starting center on the 2015 Warriors team that beat the Cavaliers in the Finals, and it was his absence due to injury that left an opening for the 2016 Cavs to burst through.
The veteran center agreed to a buyout and was available in March for the Cavs to sign. He was clearly past his prime or the 32-year-old wouldn’t have been waived, but he still looked like the kind of player who could play spot minutes as a rim protector and be a solid veteran presence on the bench.
Bogut made his debut for the Cavaliers on March 6th, and 56 seconds later he broke his leg, missing the rest of the season. The Cavs accordingly waived him a couple of weeks later, and he would only play a handful of games the next two seasons before officially retiring from the NBA.
* Technically, Andrew Bogut was never an All-Star, but he did make an All-NBA team in 2009-10