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My All-Time Starting Five: Toronto Raptors

The Toronto Raptors

Toronto Raptors
 

The Toronto Raptors are a Canadian professional basketball team based in Toronto, Ontario, that competes in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Raptors are part of the league’s Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference. The team was established in 1995, along with the Vancouver Grizzlies, as part of the NBA’s expansion into Canada. When the Grizzlies relocated to Memphis, Tennessee to become the Memphis Grizzlies in 2001, the Raptors became the only Canadian-based team in the NBA. They originally played their home games at the SkyDome (since renamed Rogers Centre in 2005), before moving along Bremner Boulevard to the Air Canada Centre in 1999.

The Raptors won three division titles in 2007, 2014, and 2015.

 

Vince Carter

Vince Carter
 

Vince Carter is the Toronto Raptors’ biggest superstar and greatest player ever. Nicknamed “Air Canada”, the NBA crowned Vince Carter the heir-apparent to “Air” Michael Jordan and it seemed like he was about to be the face of the league for the next decade. He could completely control a game with his scoring, leaping ability and athleticism. Vince Carter is the best dunker ever the NBA has ever seen. During his seven years tenure with the team, he earned the 1999 NBA Rookie of the Year, the 2000 NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion and named an NBA All-Star four times.

 

Chris Bosh

Chris Bosh
 

Chris Bosh, nicknamed “CB4”, was selected fourth overall by the Toronto Raptors in the 2003 NBA draft. He became the new face of the Raptors when Vince Carter was traded to the New Jersey Nets. A superstar power forward, Chris Bosh could shoot, post up, rebound and blessed with a very high basketball IQ. Chris Bosh had an immediate impact with the team and carried them to the playoffs in both the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons, averaging 24 points and nine rebounds. He is the greatest power forward in the franchise history. Chris Bosh ranks first in minutes played, points scored, total rebounds and in total free throws attempted with 3,643.

 

Damon Stoudamire

Damon Stoudamire
 

Damon Stoudamire, nicknamed “Mighty Mouse”, was the Raptors’ first-ever draft pick in 1995. He was the most talented point guard for the Toronto Raptors during his three years with the team. Damon Stoudamire earned the NBA Rookie of the Year award in 1996, making him the first player in franchise history to win the award. Stoudamire was a great player and floor general that helped put the Raptors on the map with his basketball skills. He previously held the record for most triple doubles with the Toronto Raptors with 3 triple doubles, a record that stood until 2014, until it was broken by Kyle Lowry.

 

Antonio Davis

Antonio Davis
 

Antonio Davis played the center position for the Toronto Raptors for four seasons. He had an imposing presence around the basket and was a good shot blocker and rebounder.Antonio Davis helped take the Toronto Raptors all the way to the Eastern Conference semi-finals and named to his first All-Star game. During his tenure with the Raptors, he averaged 11.1 points per game, 8.5 rebounds per game, and 1.6 assists per game.

 

Tracy McGrady

McGrady
 

The Toronto Raptors in the 1997 NBA Draft selected Tracy McGrady with the ninth overall pick. Playing alongside with his cousin, Vince Carter, the duo had developed a reputation for their athleticism, giving memorable performances at the All-Star Weekend Slam Dunk Contest. They helped the Toronto Raptors qualified for the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. In 2000, his final year with the Raptors, Tracy McGrady averaged 15.4 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and a career-high 1.9 blocks per game. Even though he had three-year tenure with the Raptors, he left the fans spectacular highlights of his high-flying dunks and scoring.

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