9 People who turned their backs on the Milwaukee Bucks

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6. Larry Sanders

Larry Sanders was a force to be reckoned with on the defensive end of the floor, as he was one of the league's best rim protectors. Sanders' first two seasons were a bit quiet, due go a lack of playing time. 

He broke out in a major way in year three, averaging 9.8 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 50.6 percent from the field, while averaging 2.8 blocks per contest, good for second in the league. In addition, Sanders was a finalist for the Most Improved Player award.

This landed Sanders a $44 million extension over four years, as he was a bright spot on the floor.

Off the floor was an entirely different ballgame. 

Sanders missed 25 games due to an injury suffered during a nightclub brawl, was cited multiple times for disorderly conduct, and was cited for animal cruelty more than once. Oh, and he got suspended for violating the league's substance abuse policy. 

The following season wasn't much better, as he failed yet another drug test and was subsequently bought out, despite being in just his second year after the contract extension at around $36 million. Between Sanders' life off the court and the numerous failed drug tests, he made the Bucks look incredibly foolish for investing in him and giving him a new deal.