Loren Woods (born 21 June 1978, in St. Louis, Missouri) is a professional basketball player in the NBA. After playing college basketball at the University of Arizona, he was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second round of the 2001 NBA Draft.
Woods had been viewed as a lock to be a first round selection by many NBA draft analysts. At 7'1, 245 lbs, he had what many scouts considered to be NBA size for the center position, as well as quality athleticism. Some journalists speculated that his slip was an intentional gift by other GMs to help the Timberwolves after several first round draft picks were taken from them by the NBA as a result of the Joe Smith trade scandal.
Others, however, believed that the slip was no accident but rather the result of general managers being wary of Woods' perceived reputation as having a volatile personality. During the summer games following his selection, he fought with fellow 2001 draft pick Brendan Haywood, leading some to claim validation of the latter theory.
Since his selection, Woods has played for the Timberwolves, the Miami Heat and the Toronto Raptors, where he appeared in 45 games during the 2004-2005 season and posted a career best 3.9 points per game. In the 2005-2006 season, he is facing stiff competition for the center position with Antonio Davis, Pape Sow and Rafael Araujo. Woods is known for his volatile temper which was highlighted in a March 23rd game at Boston in which he hurled the ball in the air at quick speeds.