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As Canada’s only NBA team, the Toronto Raptors are one of the most popular franchises in the NBA. Superstar Vince Carter, who led the Raptors’ team stats, helped make this franchise what it is today. Others like Kyle Lowry and Kawhi Leonard have made this team a title contender worth betting on.
The Raptors’ history can be divided into two major eras: The pre-Masai Ujiri era and the Masai Ujiri era. Under his watch, Toronto has become one of the NBA’s most-winningest franchises, culminating in an NBA Championship. The Raptors are now well-respected on the NBA odds board.
Conference & Division
- Conference: Eastern
- Division: Atlantic
City: Toronto, Ontario
Arena: Scotiabank Arena
Championships & Titles
- NBA Championship
- Conference Championship
- 7 Division Titles
Toronto Raptors All-Time Records
Most points all-time:
- DeMar DeRozan, 13,296
Most rebounds all-time:
- Chris Bosh, 4,776
Most assists all-time:
- Kyle Lowry, 4,277
Most steals all-time:
- Kyle Lowry, 873
Most blocks all-time:
- Chris Bosh, 600
Most wins all-time (coach):
- Dwane Casey, 320
Toronto Raptors Stats & Team History
The Raptors came into the NBA as part of the league’s expansion into Canada in 1995. But while the Vancouver Grizzlies struggled and ultimately relocated, Toronto caught a break in acquiring Carter. He quickly became a superstar and made the Raptors a popular franchise with his exploits in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest and 2000 Summer Olympics.
Then-general manager Glen Grunwald surrounded Carter with grizzled veterans like Charles Oakley and Antonio Davis. Toronto made consecutive playoff appearances from 1999 to 2002, and even came within one win of advancing to the Conference Finals in 2001.
However, Carter became plagued by injuries and grew disgruntled when the team began to struggle. He was traded to the New Jersey Nets for next to nothing. Toronto went into a rebuild and focused on Chris Bosh as the team’s new star.
New general manager Bryan Colangelo successfully built a European-inspired team around Bosh. Toronto briefly had success, winning the division title in 2007 and making the playoffs for two years. But again, after declining, the Raptors lost Bosh to the Heat and entered another rebuild.
This time, both Lowry and DeMar DeRozan carried Toronto’s banner. The two would go on to become the Toronto Raptors stats leaders to this day (2022). And in 2013, Ujiri joined the team as the team’s new executive. From the 2013-14 season to the 2019-20 season, Toronto made the NBA playoffs and consistently won playoff series.
Toronto had five straight seasons of winning 50+ games. Lowry and DeRozan became perennial All-Stars and head coach Dwane Casey won Coach of the Year. However, the Raptors also consistently lost to LeBron James’s Cavaliers. After being swept in 2018 as the top seed of the conference, Ujiri fired Casey and traded DeRozan.
Their replacements, Nick Nurse and Leonard, went to transform the team mentally. Toronto traded for former Defensive Player of the Year Marc Gasol during the 2018-19 season as the final piece to their team. They went on to win the NBA Championship with Leonard winning Finals MVP.
But Leonard left Toronto the following season. Instead, the Raptors remained a title contender with Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet now leading the team. They lost to the Celtics in the 2020 NBA Playoffs.
Injuries and offseason losses ravaged Toronto in the 2020-21 season, and they missed the playoffs for the first time in Ujiri’s tenure. This, however, allowed them to draft Scottie Barnes. He went on to become the Rookie of the Year, and the team’s newest franchise player. Toronto is back to contending.