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Former No. 16 pick, Raptors big Lucas Nogueira retires

Raptors big Lucas Nogueira

TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 17: Lucas Nogueira #92 of the Toronto Raptors looks on during warm up prior to the first half of an NBA game against the New York Knicks at Air Canada Centre on November 17, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

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Just a few years ago, it was unclear which of the Raptors young contributing but raw bigs – Pascal Siakam or Lucas Nogueira – would have a better career.

Siakam developed into a star. Nogueira fell from the NBA after his rookie-scale contract.

Now, Nogueira has announced his retirement on Instagram (via Raptors Brasil).

Nogueira went to the Hawks with the No. 16 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft – one selection after Giannis Antetokounmpo, whom Atlanta apparently highly coveted. Nogueira remained in Europe then got traded to Toronto, which signed him in 2014.

During his four-year NBA career – spent entirely with the Raptors – Nogueira showed shot-blocking and finishing ability. But he never proved quite reliable enough to entrust with a bigger role. Among his most memorable moments in the NBA: Pulling down his shorts during a game.

After finishing in Toronto in 2018, Nogueira opened up about his depression and drinking. The 28-year-old also spoke of injury issues, leading to this decision.