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Encyclopedia > Toronto Raptors
Toronto Raptors
Conference Eastern
Division Atlantic
Founded 1995
History Toronto Raptors
(1995 – present)
Arena Air Canada Centre (1999 – present)
Skydome (1995 – 1999)
City Toronto, Ontario
Team Colours Red, Black, and White
Owner Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd.
General Manager Bryan Colangelo
Head Coach Sam Mitchell
NBA D-League Affiliate Colorado 14ers
Championships 0
Conference Titles 0
Division Titles 1 (2007)

The Toronto Raptors are a professional basketball team based in Toronto, Ontario. They are part of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). 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 in 2001, the Raptors became the only Canadian team in the NBA. They originally played their home games in the SkyDome, before moving to the Air Canada Centre (ACC) in 1999. Image File history File links Toronto_Raptors_logo. ... The Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association is made up of fifteen teams, and organized in three divisions of five teams each. ... The Atlantic Division is a division in the Eastern Conference of the NBA. The 76ers, Knicks, Nets, and the Celtics were already in the seven team Atlantic before the merge that brought the Raptors and sent the Heat, Magic and Wizards to the new Southeast Division. ... North Entrance Atrium. ... Rogers Centre, formerly known as SkyDome,[1] is a multi-purpose stadium in Toronto, Ontario, situated next to the CN Tower near the shores of Lake Ontario. ... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin: Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Official languages English (de facto) Government Lieutenant-Governor David C. Onley Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament House seats 107 Senate seats 24 Confederation July 1, 1867 (1st) Area... Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Samuel E. Mitchell, Jr. ... The National Basketball Association Development League, more commonly known as the NBA Development League, NBA D-League, or just D-League, is the NBAs officially sponsored and operated developmental basketball organization. ... The Colorado 14ers are a team in the NBA Development League which began play in 2006-07. ... The 2006-07 NBA season was the 61st season of the National Basketball Association. ... This article is about the sport. ... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin: Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Official languages English (de facto) Government Lieutenant-Governor David C. Onley Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament House seats 107 Senate seats 24 Confederation July 1, 1867 (1st) Area... The Atlantic Division is a division in the Eastern Conference of the NBA. The 76ers, Knicks, Nets, and the Celtics were already in the seven team Atlantic before the merge that brought the Raptors and sent the Heat, Magic and Wizards to the new Southeast Division. ... The Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association is made up of fifteen teams, and organized in three divisions of five teams each. ... NBA redirects here. ... The Memphis Grizzlies are a National Basketball Association team based in Memphis, Tennessee. ... An expansion team is a term used for a brand new team in a sports league. ... For other uses, see Memphis (disambiguation). ... Official language(s) English Capital Nashville Largest city Memphis Largest metro area Nashville Metropolitan Area Area  Ranked 36th  - Total 42,169 sq mi (109,247 km²)  - Width 120 miles (195 km)  - Length 440 miles (710 km)  - % water 2. ... Rogers Centre, formerly known as SkyDome,[1] is a multi-purpose stadium in Toronto, Ontario, situated next to the CN Tower near the shores of Lake Ontario. ... North Entrance Atrium. ...


Like most expansion teams, the Raptors struggled in their early years, but after the acquisition of Vince Carter through a draft day trade in 1998, the team set league attendance records and made the NBA Playoffs in 2000, 2001, and 2002. Carter was instrumental in leading the team to their first playoff series win in 2001, where they advanced to the Eastern Conference Semifinals. During the 2002–03 and 2003–04 seasons, they failed to make significant progress and he was traded in 2004. After Carter left, Chris Bosh emerged as the team leader, but they continued to struggle. However, with the appointment of Bryan Colangelo as General Manager and a revamp of the roster for the 2006–07 season, they qualified for their first playoff berth in five years and captured their first division title. Vincent Lamar Vince Carter (born January 26, 1977) is an American All-Star basketball player in the NBA. He currently is a player and co-captain for the New Jersey Nets. ... The NBA Draft is an annual North American event in which the National Basketball Associations (NBA) thirty teams (29 in the United States and one in Canada) can select players who wish to join the league. ... Current NBA Playoff logo. ... The 2002-03 NBA season is the 57th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 2003-04 NBA season is the 58th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Christopher Wesson Bosh (born March 24, 1984) is an American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association who plays for the Toronto Raptors. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... The term general manager is a descriptive term for certain executives in a business operation. ... The Raptors used an alternate logo for the 2006-07 NBA season, seen here in the centre of the court. ...

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Franchise history

Further information: Toronto Raptors seasons

Struggles of a new franchise

Isiah Thomas, the team's first GM, unveils the Raptor's logo.

The Toronto Raptors were established on 30 September 1993 when the NBA, as part of its expansion into Canada, awarded its 28th franchise to a group headed by Toronto businessman John Bitove.[1] The Raptors, along with the Vancouver Grizzlies, played their first games in 1995, and were the first NBA teams to play in Canada since the 1946–47 Toronto Huskies.[1] Image File history File linksMetadata Isiah_logo. ... For the boxer, see Isiah Thomas (boxer). ... The term general manager is a descriptive term for certain executives in a business operation. ... is the 273rd day of the year (274th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Professional sports leagues are organized in numerous ways. ... John I. Bitove, (Jr. ... This is an article about the National Basketball Association team; for the defunct World Football League team, see Memphis Southmen. ... The 1946-47 NBA Season was the inaugural season of the Basketball Association of America, the league that would eventually become the National Basketball Association. ... The Toronto Huskies was a team in the Basketball Association of America (a forerunner of the National Basketball Association) during the 1946-1947 season, based in Toronto, Canada. ...


A nationwide contest was held to help name the team and develop their colours and logo. The final top-10 list, from over 2,000 entries in the contest, was composed mainly of animal names.[1] The final selection—Toronto Raptors—was unveiled on Canadian national television on 15 May 1994; the choice was influenced by the popularity of the film Jurassic Park. On 24 May 1994, the team's logo and first General Manager (GM), Isiah Thomas were revealed at a press conference.[1] The team's colours of bright red, purple, black, and silver were also revealed; "Naismith" silver was chosen as an ode to Canadian James Naismith, the inventor of basketball.[1] The team originally competed in the Central Division,[2] and before the inaugural season began, sales of Raptors merchandise ranked seventh in the league, marking a successful return of basketball to Canada.[1] is the 135th day of the year (136th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... Jurassic Park is a techno-thriller novel written by Michael Crichton that was published in 1990. ... is the 144th day of the year (145th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... The term general manager is a descriptive term for certain executives in a business operation. ... For the boxer, see Isiah Thomas (boxer). ... James A. Naismith,(November 6, 1861 – November 28, 1939) was the inventor of the sport of basketball and the first to introduce the use of a helmet in American football. ... The Central Division is a division in the Eastern Conference of the NBA. The current divisions have been active since the start of the 04-05 season. ...

The Skydome — now the Rogers Centre — was the original arena for the Raptors between 1995–1999.
The Skydome — now the Rogers Centre — was the original arena for the Raptors between 1995–1999.

As GM, Isiah Thomas quickly staffed the management positions with his own personnel, naming long-time Detroit Pistons assistant Brendan Malone as the Raptors' head coach.[1] The team's roster was then filled as a result of an expansion draft in 1995. Following a coin flip, Toronto was given first choice and selected Chicago Bulls point guard and three-point specialist BJ Armstrong. Armstrong refused to report for training and Thomas promptly traded him to the Golden State Warriors for power forwards Carlos Rogers and Victor Alexander.[1] Thomas then selected a wide range of players in the expansion draft, including veterans Jerome Kersey, Willie Anderson and his former Pistons teammate John "Spider" Salley.[1] Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2288x1353, 1226 KB) Picture of the Rogers Centre (formerly known as SkyDome), shot from the south from the Gardiner Expressway, September 1st 2005. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2288x1353, 1226 KB) Picture of the Rogers Centre (formerly known as SkyDome), shot from the south from the Gardiner Expressway, September 1st 2005. ... Rogers Centre, formerly known as SkyDome,[1] is a multi-purpose stadium in Toronto, Ontario, situated next to the CN Tower near the shores of Lake Ontario. ... The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ... Brendan Malone is a professional basketball coach in the NBA. He was named as the first head coach (1995-96) of the Toronto Raptors, an expansion team based in Toronto, Canada. ... An expansion draft, in professional sports, occurs when a sports league decides to create one or more new expansion teams or franchises. ... Coin flipping or coin tossing is the practice of throwing a coin in the air to resolve a dispute between two parties. ... The Chicago Bulls are a professional basketball team based in Chicago, Illinois. ... Magic Johnson, one of the best point guards of all-time, runs the Lakers offense. ... In basketball, a three-point field goal, three-pointer, three-point shot, or, simply, three is a field goal made from beyond the three point line, a designated semi-ellipsoid arc radiating from the basket. ... Benjamin Roy Armstrong, Jr. ... The Golden State Warriors are a professional basketball team based in Oakland, California. ... Power forward is a position in the sport of basketball. ... Carlos Deon Rogers (born February 6, 1971 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American former professional basketball player who was selected by the Seattle SuperSonics in the 1st round (11th overall) of the 1994 NBA Draft. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Jerome Kersey (born June 26, 1962 in Clarksville, Virginia) is a retired American professional basketball player in the NBA for a number of teams, but most notably for the Portland Trail Blazers. ... Willie Lloyd Anderson Jr. ... John Thomas Spider Salley (born May 16, 1964 in Brooklyn, New York) is a retired American professional basketball player in the NBA, actor and talk show host. ...


Subsequent to the expansion draft, Toronto was given the second pick, after the Vancouver Grizzlies, in the 1995 NBA entry draft. They selected Damon Stoudamire, a point guard out of University of Arizona, around whom Thomas chose to base the franchise. The selection of Stoudamire was met with boos from fans at the 1995 NBA Draft at the SkyDome in Toronto, many of whom wanted Ed O'Bannon of UCLA, an NCAA Final Four MVP.[1] In the team's first official NBA game, Stoudamire recorded 10 points and 10 assists in a 94–79 victory over the New Jersey Nets.[3] The Raptors concluded their inaugural season with a 21–61 win-loss record,[2] although they were one of the few teams to defeat the Chicago Bulls,[4] who set an NBA best 72–10 win–loss regular season record. With averages of 19.0 points and 9.3 assists per game, Stoudamire also won the 1995–96 Rookie of the Year Award.[5] Damon Lamon Stoudamire (born September 3, 1973 in Portland, Oregon) is an American NBA basketball player, currently playing for the Memphis Grizzlies. ... The University of Arizona (UA or U of A) is a land-grant and space-grant public institution of higher education and research located in Tucson, Arizona, United States. ... 1995 NBA Draft - 28 June 1995 - Toronto, Ontario Round 1 See also: List of NBA Drafts, NBA Draft ... Rogers Centre, formerly known as SkyDome,[1] is a multi-purpose stadium in Toronto, Ontario, situated next to the CN Tower near the shores of Lake Ontario. ... Edward Charles OBannon, Jr. ... The University of California, Los Angeles (generally known as UCLA) is a public research university located in Los Angeles, California, United States. ... The playoff term Final Four was originally popularized to refer to the final four teams in the NCAA Basketball Tournament; these are the champions of the tournaments four regional brackets, and the only teams remaining on the tournaments final weekend. ... In sports, a Most Valuable Player (MVP) award is an honor typically bestowed upon the best performing player or players on a specific team, in an entire league, or for a particular contest or series of contests. ... The New Jersey Nets are a professional basketball team based in East Rutherford, New Jersey. ... The slam dunk by LeBron James is a field goal worth 2 points. ... In basketball, an assist is attributed to a player who passes the ball to a teammate in a way that leads to a score by field goal, meaning that he or she was assisting in the basket. ... The 1995-96 NBA season was the 50th season of the National Basketball Association, although the league didnt celebrate this anniversary until the following season. ... The National Basketball Associations Rookie of the Year Award, first given after the 1952-53 NBA season, is given to the top first-year player in the league. ...


In the 1996-97 NBA season the team improved on its win record by nine games.[6] They selected centre Marcus Camby with the second overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft.[7] By the end of the season, Camby earned a berth on the NBA's All-Rookie Team while Stoudamire continued to play well, averaging 20.2 points and 8.8 assists per game.[1] As in the previous season, the Raptors were one of only 11 teams to topple the eventual 1997 Champions, the Chicago Bulls.[7][8] The Raptors also defeated the Houston Rockets, Utah Jazz and Miami Heat, all of whom were eventual Conference finalists.[7][9] However, the Raptors struggled against teams who were not of championship calibre, including three losses to the 15–67 Boston Celtics.[9] The 1996-97 NBA season was the 51st season of the National Basketball Association. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Marcus D. Camby (born March 22, 1974 in Hartford, Connecticut) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays center for the Denver Nuggets of the NBA. He recently has won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award[1] while leading the league in blocked shots. ... The 1996 NBA Draft was the 54th draft in the National Basketball Association. ... The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. ... The Utah Jazz is a professional basketball team based in Salt Lake City, Utah. ... The Miami Heat (known as the HEAT [in all capital letters] on official team publications) are a professional basketball team based in Miami, Florida, United States. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ...


Early in the 1997–98 season, the team suffered numerous injuries and slid into a 17-game losing streak.[10] GM Isiah Thomas resigned after his ownership bid for the Raptors failed[11] and was replaced by Glen Grunwald. With Thomas gone, Stoudamire immediately sought a trade.[12] On 13 February 1998, he was shipped to the Portland Trailblazers along with Walt Williams and Carlos Rogers for Kenny Anderson, Alvin Williams, Gary Trent, two first-round draft choices, a second-round draft choice and cash.[10] Anderson refused to report to Toronto and was traded to the Celtics with Zan Tabak and Popeye Jones for Chauncey Billups, Dee Brown, Roy Rogers and John Thomas.[10] When the trading deadline was over, the Raptors became the youngest team in the league with an average age of 24.6.[10] They had five rookies on their roster, including the 18-year-old Tracy McGrady, who at the time was the youngest player in the NBA.[10] The inexperienced Raptors struggled throughout the season and their regular season record regressed to 16–66.[13] The 1997-98 NBA season was the 52nd season of the National Basketball Association. ... Glen Grunwald is the former general manager of the Toronto Raptors of the NBA. He was GM of the club from March 1998 until April, 2004. ... is the 44th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... The Portland Trail Blazers are a National Basketball Association team based in Portland, Oregon. ... Walter Ander The Wizard Williams (born April 16, 1970 in Washington, DC) is a former professional basketball player. ... Carlos Cornelius Rogers (born July 2, 1981 in Hephzibah, Georgia) is a American football cornerback. ... Kenneth (Kenny) Anderson (born October 9, 1970 in Queens, New York) is a left-handed point guard who played more than a decade in the National Basketball Association. ... Alvin Leon Williams (born August 6, 1974 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a professional basketball player in the NBA. He played college basketball at Villanova University. ... Gary Trent (born September 22, 1974 in Columbus, Ohio) is a professional basketball player formerly in the NBA. He is 6 8 and 250 lb. ... Zan Tabak became the first player in Toronto Raptors history to score an NBA point. ... Ronald Jerome Popeye Jones (born June 17, 1970 in Dresden, Tennessee) is a former professional basketball player in the NBA. After attending Murray State University, he was selected by the Houston Rockets in the second round (41st overall) of the 1992 NBA Draft but his rights were traded to the... Chauncey Ray Billups (born September 25, 1976 in Denver, Colorado) is an American professional basketball player. ... Dee Browns no-look dunk at the 1991 Slam Dunk Competition For other persons named Dee Brown, see Dee Brown DeCovan Kadell Dee Brown (born November 29, 1968, in Jacksonville, Florida) is a former professional basketball player. ... Roy Rogers (born August 19, 1973, in Linden, Alabama) is an American professional basketball player formerly in the NBA. Rogers, a 6 9 power forward from the University of Alabama, was selected with the 22nd overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft by the Vancouver Grizzlies. ... People named John Thomas include: John Thomas (filmmaker): American cinematographer John Thomas (general) (1725-1886): American general in the American Revolutionary War John Thomas (harpist) (1826-1913): Welsh composer and musician John Thomas (trombonist) (1902-1971): trombone player who worked with Louis Armstrong John Thomas (NFL player): lineman for San... Tracy Lamar McGrady, Jr. ...


During the 1998 NBA Draft, in what became a defining move for the franchise, Grunwald traded the team's 4th overall pick Antawn Jamison to the Golden State Warriors for Vince Carter, who was selected 5th overall.[14] To bring further credibility to the Raptors, Grunwald traded Camby to the New York Knicks for Charles Oakley,[15] a veteran with playoff experience. Kevin Willis, another veteran acquired from the trade, solidified the centre position, while the coaching staff temporarily rotated Dee Brown, Alvin Williams and Doug Christie to play point guard. Both Christie and Williams became talented players in their own right; Christie developed into one of the elite defenders in the NBA,[15] while Williams improved his play on the offensive end. New coach Butch Carter was also credited with much of the team's turnaround during the lockout shortened 1998-99 NBA season. Although the team did not make the playoffs, many were optimistic with the impressive performances of Rookie of the Year Carter[14] and a much improved McGrady. The 1998 NBA Draft took place on 24 June 1998 in General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. ... Antawn Cortez Jamison [pronounced an-TWAHN] (born June 12, 1976, in Shreveport, Louisiana) is an American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The Golden State Warriors are a professional basketball team based in Oakland, California. ... Vincent Lamar Vince Carter (born January 26, 1977) is an American All-Star basketball player in the NBA. He currently is a player and co-captain for the New Jersey Nets. ... Knicks redirects here. ... Charles Oakley (born December 18, 1963 in Cleveland, Ohio) is a retired American professional basketball player who played power forward in the National Basketball Association as a member of the Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards and Houston Rockets. ... Current NBA Playoff logo. ... Kevin Alvin Willis (born September 6, 1962 in Los Angeles, California) is an American professional basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA. He is a 7-foot power forward/center. ... Dee Browns no-look dunk at the 1991 Slam Dunk Competition For other persons named Dee Brown, see Dee Brown DeCovan Kadell Dee Brown (born November 29, 1968, in Jacksonville, Florida) is a former professional basketball player. ... Alvin Leon Williams (born August 6, 1974 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a professional basketball player in the NBA. He played college basketball at Villanova University. ... For the Canadian lawyer of the same name, see Doug Christie (lawyer). ... Butch Carter Butch Carter (born June 11, 1958 in Springfield, Ohio) is a former player and coach of the National Basketball Association. ... The 1998-99 NBA season was the 53rd season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 1999 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Associations 1999 season. ...


Three seasons of playoffs

The Raptors moved to the Air Canada Centre in 1999.
The Raptors moved to the Air Canada Centre in 1999.

During the 1999 NBA Draft, believing that the Raptors still lacked a strong frontcourt presence, GM Glen Grunwald traded first-round draft pick Jonathan Bender for veteran power forward Antonio Davis of the Indiana Pacers.[16] In the backcourt, coach Butch Carter rotated Carter, Christie, Williams and Dell Curry at the shooting guard position and Williams and Muggsy Bogues at point guard. The rotation of Davis, Oakley and Willis in the frontcourt and Carter's and McGrady's improvement helped the team make its first ever playoff appearance, fulfilling a promise Carter had made to fans in the previous season.[17] Lacking significant post-season experience, Toronto was defeated 0–3 by the New York Knicks in the first round.[17] Nonetheless, team improvements and the rise of Carter — who emphatically won the 2000 NBA Slam Dunk Contest[14] — attracted many fans around Toronto, many of whom were previously not basketball fans. The season was also the first full year played at the Air Canada Centre, after having played four years at the cavernous SkyDome, which was better suited to baseball and football.[17] Overall, the Raptors concluded the season with a 45–37 record and ranked third in the Central Division.[18] Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1199x821, 438 KB) Air Canada Center seen from the Skypod observation platform of CN Tower. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1199x821, 438 KB) Air Canada Center seen from the Skypod observation platform of CN Tower. ... North Entrance Atrium. ... The 1999 NBA Draft was held on June 30, 1999 at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C.. It was the first draft in which four players from the same college were picked in the first round, with Elton Brand (1st selection), Trajan Langdon (11th), Corey Maggette (13th) and William... Frontcourt is a term used in basketball referring to the small forward, power forward, and center positions as a cohesive unit. ... Jonathan Rene Bender (born January 30, 1981 in Picayune, Mississippi) is a former professional basketball player in the NBA. Bender was selected with the fifth pick by the Toronto Raptors in the 1999 NBA Draft, straight out of Picayune Memorial High School in Picayune, Mississippi despite a verbal commitment to... Antonio Lee Davis (born October 31, 1968 in Oakland, California) is an American former National Basketball Association (NBA) player. ... The Indiana Pacers are a professional basketball team that plays in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Wardell Stephen Curry (born June 25, 1964 in Harrisonburg, Virginia) is a former professional basketball player at the shooting guard position who went to Fort Defiance High School in Virginia,then to Virginia Tech,then played in the National Basketball Association from 1986 until 2001. ... The Shooting guard (SG), also known as the two or off guard,[1] is one of five traditional positions on a basketball team. ... Tyrone Curtis Muggsy Bogues (born January 9, 1965, in Baltimore, Maryland) is a retired American professional basketball point guard and former head coach of the now-defunct Charlotte Sting of the Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA). ... The 2000 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Associations 1999-2000 season. ... Knicks redirects here. ... The Slam Dunk Contest is an annual NBA competition held during the week of the NBA All-Star Game. ... North Entrance Atrium. ... Rogers Centre, formerly known as SkyDome,[1] is a multi-purpose stadium in Toronto, Ontario, situated next to the CN Tower near the shores of Lake Ontario. ... This article is about the sport. ...

Morris Peterson, the longest-serving Raptor, was selected in the 2000 NBA Draft and played seven seasons for Toronto.
Morris Peterson, the longest-serving Raptor, was selected in the 2000 NBA Draft and played seven seasons for Toronto.

Still, playoff failures and Butch Carter's media altercations surrounding Camby led Grunwald to replace Carter during the 2000-01 NBA season with Lenny Wilkens, a Hall of Fame coach and player with more than 30 years of coaching experience.[19] The team roster was also largely revamped, including the signing of veteran playmaker Mark Jackson on a four year contract.[20] When Alvin Williams later emerged as a clutch performer, Jackson was traded to allow Williams more playing time.[20] Vince Carter, who was originally assigned the small forward position, became more adept at playing the shooting guard position, and as a result, Doug Christie, the former shooting guard, was traded for forward Corliss Williamson.[20] Williamson had a disappointing season and was replaced by defensive workhorse Jerome Williams.[20] Although McGrady and Carter had showed impressive improvement at the same time, much of the media and fan attention was focused on Carter, who was the flashier player. Furthermore, McGrady and Carter shared the same natural position (small forward), making it impossible to keep both. Therefore, the Raptors management decided to trade McGrady to the Orlando Magic during the 2000–01 off-season for a first-round draft pick in a sign-and-trade deal.[21] Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... Morris Peterson (born August 26, 1977 in Flint, Michigan) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the New Orleans Hornets of the NBA. // Peterson played collegiate basketball at Michigan State University, and helped lead them to the 2000 NCAA title. ... The 2000 NBA Draft was held on June 28th 2000 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. ... The 2000-01 NBA season was the 55th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Lenny Wilkens with the Portland Trail Blazers Leonard Randolph Wilkens (born October 28, 1937, in Brooklyn, New York, USA) is a former National Basketball Association player, as well as the NBAs career leader in coaching wins and losses. ... Basketball Hall of Fame Logo The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame honors players who have shown exceptional skill at basketball, all-time great coaches and referees, and other major contributors to the game. ... Mark A. Jackson (born April 1, 1965 in Brooklyn, New York) is a 6 3 former professional basketball player who played point guard for the New York Knicks, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Denver Nuggets, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz, and Houston Rockets in the NBA in a career spanning from... In American sports terminology, clutch means performing well under extreme pressure. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Corliss Mondari Williamson (born on December 4, 1973 in Russellville, Arkansas) is a basketball player in the National Basketball Association. ... Jerome Williams (born May 10, 1973 in Washington, D.C.) is a former professional basketball player in the NBA, who last played for the New York Knicks. ... The Orlando Magic is a professional basketball team based in Orlando, Florida. ...


As predicted by analysts, the team easily secured a playoff berth. Toronto defeated New York 3–2 in the first round,[20][22] and Wilkens was praised for having Williams defend shooting guard Allan Houston and Carter defend small forward Latrell Sprewell, the two major Knicks offensive threats. The next series against the Philadelphia 76ers was a landmark for the Raptors in terms of performance and entertainment value. The Sixers relied on Allen Iverson and Dikembe Mutombo for their respective offensive and defensive abilities, along with steady help from Aaron McKie. Toronto was the more balanced team with Carter, Williams and Davis providing much of the offensive game and Chris Childs and Jerome Williams providing the defensive pressure. Philadelphia took full advantage of the mismatch at centre while Toronto counteracted with a fast break offence with their shorter but quicker players. The series came down to the last few seconds of Game 7, when Carter's potential series-winning shot rolled off the rim.[23] Carter was later widely criticized for attending his graduation ceremony at the University of North Carolina on the morning of Game 7.[24][25] Despite the loss, the season is generally considered a watermark for the franchise, given the Raptors' best ever regular season record (47–35),[20] and finishing second in the Central Division.[26] The 2001 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Associations 2000-01 season. ... Allan Wade Houston (born April 20, 1971, in Louisville, Kentucky, USA) is an American former professional basketball player who spent the majority of his career playing shooting guard for the National Basketball Associations New York Knicks. ... Latrell Fontaine Sprewell (born September 8, 1970 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is a former American professional basketball player who last played for the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2004-05 NBA season. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Allen Ezail Iverson (born June 7, 1975, in Hampton, Virginia[1]), nicknamed A.I. and The Answer, is an American professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association. ... Dikembe Mutombo Mpolondo Mukamba Jean-Jacques Wamutombo, more commonly known as Dikembe Mutombo (born June 25, 1966), is a basketball player in the NBA, playing at the position of center for the Houston Rockets. ... Aaron Fitzgerald McKie (born October 2, 1972 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA. McKie is a combo guard, playing at either point guard or shooting guard. ... Chris Childs (born November 20, 1967 in Bakersfield, California) is an American professional basketball player. ... Reeses Fast Break is a candy bar similar to the Reeses Peanut Butter Cup. ... The University of North Carolina is a seventeen campus system which includes all sixteen public four-year universities in North Carolina, United States and one public residential high school. ...


The relocation of the Vancouver Grizzlies to Memphis, Tennessee in 2001 left Toronto as the NBA's only Canadian team.[27] To ensure that Vince Carter would re-sign with the team, long-term contracts were given to Alvin Williams, Jerome Williams and Antonio Davis, while former NBA MVP centre Hakeem Olajuwon was signed to provide Carter with good support.[28] The Raptors appeared to be on their way to another competitive season, with a 29–21 record going into the All-Star break[28] and with Carter the top vote-getter for the All-Star game for the third consecutive year.[14] Carter suffered a bout of tendinitis, forcing him to miss the All-Star game and the rest of the season,[28] and without their franchise player, Toronto lost 13 consecutive games.[28] However, they were able to win 12 of their last 14 games, clinching a playoff spot on the last day of the regular season.[28] The comeback featured some of the Raptors' best defense of the season, along with inspired performances by Antonio Davis and Keon Clark. For other uses, see Memphis (disambiguation). ... Official language(s) English Capital Nashville Largest city Memphis Largest metro area Nashville Metropolitan Area Area  Ranked 36th  - Total 42,169 sq mi (109,247 km²)  - Width 120 miles (195 km)  - Length 440 miles (710 km)  - % water 2. ... The National Basketball Association (NBA) first named a Most Valuable Player after the 1955-56 NBA season. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon (born Akeem Abdul Olajuwon on January 21, 1963) is a retired Nigerian-American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The National Basketball Association (NBA) holds an All-Star Weekend every February, with a variety of basketball-related events, exhibitions, and performances culminating in the NBA All-Star Game held on Sunday night. ... Tendonitis (also tenonitis or tendinitis) is an inflammation of a tendon. ... The 2002 NBA Playoffs were the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Associations 2001-02 season. ... Arian Keon Clark (born April 16, 1975 in Danville, Illinois) is an American former National Basketball Association player. ...


Despite Toronto's improved defensive performances, Carter's offence was sorely missed in the first-round series against the second-seeded Detroit Pistons. In the first game, Detroit overwhelmed Toronto 83–65 largely due to Ben Wallace's strong performance of 19 points, 20 rebounds, 3 blocks and 3 steals.[29] Detroit also won Game 2, but Toronto won the next two games at home to force a deciding and tightly contested Game 5 in Detroit.[28] With 10.7 seconds left in the game, and the Raptors down 85–82 with possession of the ball, Chris Childs raced down the court and shot a three-pointer that missed badly, apparently trying to draw a foul on the play,[30] instead of passing to a wide-open Dell Curry. In a post-game locker room interview, Childs repeatedly insisted that the Raptors had been down four points, not three. The Raptors' late-season surge was thus marred by a disappointing playoff exit; the Olajuwon experiment was also a bust, with the 39-year-old averaging career lows in minutes, points and rebounds.[31] Furthermore, Childs, Clark, and Curry left the team, ensuring a new-look team for the next season. The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ... For the British MP, see Ben Wallace (UK politician). ... A rebound in basketball is the act of successfully gaining possession of the basketball after a missed field goal or free throw. ... Oscar Torres (13) is in position to block this shot. ... In basketball, a steal occurs when a defensive player legally deflects and controls, catches, or bats to a teammate a pass or dribble of an offensive player. ...


A period of struggle again

The 2002–03 season began with the same optimism that the Raptors exhibited in three consecutive playoff seasons, although it faded early. Carter, while voted as a starter in the 2003 All-Star Game,[14] suffered a spate of injuries. Antonio Davis expressed disinterest in Toronto, and Wilkens' laissez-faire attitude created a team that lacked the motivation and spirit of the previous years' teams. The team was ravaged with injuries, losing an NBA record number of player games due to injury.[32] Furthermore, the Raptors recorded the dubious honour of being the only team in NBA history to not dress 12 players for a single game in a season.[32] Wilkens was heavily criticized by the Toronto media for his inability to clamp down on his players when necessary, especially given this was the year that Wilkens overtook Bill Fitch for the most losses by a NBA coach,[33] with his loss total getting dangerously close to his win total. The Raptors ended the season with a 24–58 record[34] and Wilkens was sacked. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise, when the Raptors were given the 4th overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft and brought another star to Toronto in Chris Bosh. The 2002-03 NBA season is the 57th season of the National Basketball Association. ... 2003 NBA All-Star Game was a major basketball game played in the Philips Arena home of Atlanta Hawks featuring the best players in the National Basketball Association as selected by fans and coaches. ... Bill Fitch (born 1935) is an NBA coach who has been successful in making teams playoff contenders throughout his coaching career. ... The 2003 NBA Draft logo The 2003 NBA Draft was held on June 26, 2003 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. ... Christopher Wesson Bosh (born March 24, 1984) is an American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association who plays for the Toronto Raptors. ...

Since the trade of Vince Carter in 2004, Chris Bosh has been the face of the Raptors franchise.
Since the trade of Vince Carter in 2004, Chris Bosh has been the face of the Raptors franchise.

Canadian country singer Shania Twain helped launch the new red Raptors alternate road uniform at the start of the 2003-04 NBA season,[35] and the jerseys made their debut in a 90–87 season-opening victory on 29 October 2003 against the defending Conference Champion New Jersey Nets.[35] The Raptors were inconsistent throughout the season, partly due to injuries to key players Jalen Rose, Alvin Williams and Carter, with Davis and Jerome Williams traded early in the season for Rose and Donyell Marshall. On 1 November 2003, the Raptors even tied a NBA record for fewest points scored in a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, losing 56–73.[35][36] After 50 games, Toronto was 25–25 and in a position to make the playoffs, but injuries to key players again sent the Raptors plummeting down the standings. Rose, Carter, and Williams all suffered injuries as the Raptors struggled to a record of 8–24 in their remaining games.[35] The Raptors fired GM Glen Grunwald on 1 April 2004, after the team ended the season three games short of the eighth and final playoff spot.[35] The notable individual season perfermances were Carter's 22.5 ppg, Marshall's 10.7 rpg and rookie Bosh, a 6-10 forward-centre who averaged 11.5 ppg and 7.4 rpg and was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team.[37] Image File history File links CB-4. ... Image File history File links CB-4. ... Vincent Lamar Vince Carter (born January 26, 1977) is an American All-Star basketball player in the NBA. He currently is a player and co-captain for the New Jersey Nets. ... Christopher Wesson Bosh (born March 24, 1984) is an American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association who plays for the Toronto Raptors. ... country music, see Country music (disambiguation) Country music, the first half of Billboards country and western music category, is a blend of popular musical forms originally found in the Southern United States. ... Shania Twain, OC (born Eilleen Regina Edwards, August 28, 1965, Windsor, Ontario) is a Canadian singer and songwriter in the country and pop music genres. ... The 2003-04 NBA season is the 58th season of the National Basketball Association. ... is the 302nd day of the year (303rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The New Jersey Nets are a professional basketball team based in East Rutherford, New Jersey. ... Jalen Anthony Rose (born January 30, 1973 in Detroit, Michigan) is a former American professional basketball player in the NBA currently working for ESPN. In college he was a member of the University of Michigan Wolverines Fab Five (along with Chris Webber, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson) that... Donyell Lamar Marshall (born May 18, 1973 in Reading, Pennsylvania USA), attended Reading High, is an American professional basketball player currently with the NBAs Cleveland Cavaliers. ... is the 305th day of the year (306th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The 2004 NBA Playoffs was the postseason of the National Basketball Associations 2003-2004 season. ... Glen Grunwald is the former general manager of the Toronto Raptors of the NBA. He was GM of the club from March 1998 until April, 2004. ... is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Rebound is a term used in sports describe the ball (or puck or other object of play) becoming available for possession by either opponent after an attempt to put the ball or puck into the goal has been unsuccessful. ...


Head coach Kevin O'Neill was fired immediately after Grunwald's termination, after making some remarks which were taken to question the team's commitment to winning.[38] He was replaced by Sam Mitchell, a former NBA forward and assistant coach of the Milwaukee Bucks.[39] Rob Babcock was named GM on 7 June 2004, alongside the appointments of Wayne Embry as senior advisor and Alex English as director of player development.[40] In this transitionary season, the Raptors improved their regular season record to 33–49.[35] Kevin ONeill (born January 24, 1957) served as a basketball coach in both the NCAA and the NBA. After tenures at North Country Community College (Saranac Lake, New York), Marycrest College (Davenport, Iowa), Marquette, Tennessee and Northwestern he became an assistant coach under Jeff Van Gundy with the New... Samuel E. Mitchell (born September 2, 1963 in Columbus, Georgia) is a former professional basketball player and current head coach of the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Rob Babcock is the former general manager of the Toronto Raptors. ... is the 158th day of the year (159th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Wayne Embry (born March 26, 1937 Springfield, OH - ) was a center/forward with an 11 year career from 1959 to 1969. ... Alex English (born January 5, 1954 in Columbia, South Carolina), is a former University of South Carolina and Denver Nuggets basketball forward. ...

A game between the Raptors and the Sixers, 19 December 2005.
A game between the Raptors and the Sixers, 19 December 2005.

In the 2004-05 NBA season, the team moved into the Atlantic Division. Babcock picked Rafael Araújo — selected 8th overall — in the 2004 NBA Draft, in a move that was criticized by fans and analysts.[41] Franchise player Carter demanded a trade during the offseason[42] which finally came to fruition mid-season, ending his six-year tenure. During the trade, Carter acknowledged he had not tried his hardest in the past few seasons.[43] Toronto received Alonzo Mourning, forwards Eric Williams and Aaron Williams and two mid-to-late future first round picks from the New Jersey Nets. Mourning chose to not report to Toronto, forcing Babcock to buy out the remainder of his contract[44] at a reported $10 million, leaving him free to sign with the Miami Heat. Eric and Aaron Williams were supposed to add defensive toughness and rebounding, but were generally under-utilized for the entire season. Analysts had predicted Babcock got the bad end of the deal,[45] and the trade eventually cost him his job. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2048x1512, 756 KB) I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2048x1512, 756 KB) I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... is the 353rd day of the year (354th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The 2004-05 NBA season was the 59th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The Atlantic Division is a division in the Eastern Conference of the NBA. The 76ers, Knicks, Nets, and the Celtics were already in the seven team Atlantic before the merge that brought the Raptors and sent the Heat, Magic and Wizards to the new Southeast Division. ... Rafael Paulo Araújo (pronounced , or approximately ha-fa-EL ah-rah-OO-zho) (born August 12, 1980 in Curitiba) is a Brazilian professional basketball player currently with the Spartak St. ... 2004 NBA Draft - 24 June 2004 See also: List of NBA Drafts, NBA Draft After the completion of the regular season, Emeka Okafor was named Rookie of the Year, while Ben Gordon earned the Sixth Man Award, becoming the first rookie in NBA history to do so. ... Alonzo Harding Mourning, Jr. ... Eric C. Williams (born July 17, 1972 in Newark, New Jersey) is a professional basketball player currently with the National Basketball Associations Toronto Raptors. ... Aaron Williams (born October 2, 1971 in Evanston, Illinois) is a professional basketball player currently with the Toronto Raptors of the NBA. He was undrafted after a college career at Xavier University, and has played for the Utah Jazz, the Milwaukee Bucks, the Denver Nuggets, the Vancouver Grizzlies (now the... The New Jersey Nets are a professional basketball team based in East Rutherford, New Jersey. ... The Miami Heat (known as the HEAT [in all capital letters] on official team publications) are a professional basketball team based in Miami, Florida, United States. ...

Forward Matt Bonner signing autographs prior to a game.
Forward Matt Bonner signing autographs prior to a game.

Carter's departure heralded a new era for Toronto. Bosh stepped up to the role of franchise player[46] and performed well in his sophomore campaign, ranking tenth in the league in defensive rebounds.[37] In contrast to Bosh's emergence, Araújo struggled to keep a spot in the line-up, and became unpopular with fans and local media.[47] Although the ACC was often well attended, due to the Raptors' 22–19 home record,[48] their inability to win on the road (11–30) and poor defensive record made Sam Mitchell's first year as head coach unimpressive. Additionally, Mitchell had problems dealing with Rafer Alston, who openly expressed his unhappiness with Mitchell in a post-game interview.[49] Later in the season, Alston was suspended two games for "conduct detrimental to the team" for reportedly walking out of a scrimmage during practice.[50] Notwithstanding the unrest, in their first season competing in the Atlantic Division, Toronto maintained the same regular season record of 33–49 as the previous season.[46] Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1137x852, 441 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Toronto Raptors User:Chensiyuan Matt Bonner Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1137x852, 441 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Toronto Raptors User:Chensiyuan Matt Bonner Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera... Matthew (Matt) Robert Bonner (born April 5, 1980 in Concord, New Hampshire) is an American professional basketball player currently with the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA. Standing 610 at 240 lb, Bonner was drafted out of the University of Florida by the Chicago Bulls in the 2nd round... Rafer Jamel Alston, a. ... The Atlantic Division is a division in the Eastern Conference of the NBA. The 76ers, Knicks, Nets, and the Celtics were already in the seven team Atlantic before the merge that brought the Raptors and sent the Heat, Magic and Wizards to the new Southeast Division. ...


The Raptors continued to rebuild during the 2005 NBA Draft, selecting Charlie Villanueva, Joey Graham, Roko Ukic and Uros Slokar, Villanueva's selection being very controversial amongst basketball pundits and Raptors fans alike.[51] The Raptors started their training camp by trading Alston to the Houston Rockets for Mike James, and signing free agent José Calderón as a backup for James. Despite the infusion of new players, Toronto's overall 2005–06 season was a disappointment; they set a franchise record by losing their first nine games[52] and 15 out of their first 16 games.[53] With losses mounting and media scrutiny intensifying, the Raptors hired legendary ex-Purdue coach Gene Keady as an assistant off the bench to help develop the young Raptors team, as well as establish a defensive persona for the team. The 2005 NBA Draft logo The 2005 NBA Draft took place on June 28, 2005 in the Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City. ... Charlie Alexander Villanueva (born August 24, 1984 in Queens, New York City) is an American NBA player for the Milwaukee Bucks. ... Joseph (Joey) Graham (born June 11, 1982 in Wilmington, Delaware) is an American professional basketball player currently with the Toronto Raptors of the NBA. After a stellar senior year at Oklahoma State University in which he showed incredible athleticism and the ability to take control of a game while playing... Roko Ukic (born May 12, 1984 in Split, Croatia) in 2005 drafted by the Toronto Raptors of the NBA. Rather than risk being burried on the bench as reserve player in the NBA, he opted to join Tau Ceramica of the Spanish leauge in 2005. ... Uros Sloki Slokar (born May 24, 1983 in Ljubljana, Slovenia) is a Slovenian basketball player, currently playing for the Toronto Raptors. ... The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. ... This article is about the basketball player. ... José Manuel Calderón (born September 28, 1981, in Villanueva de la Serena, Badajoz) is a Spanish professional basketball player with the National Basketball Associations Toronto Raptors. ... The 2005-06 NBA season was the 60th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Purdue redirects here. ... Gene Keady (born May 21, 1936, in Larned, Kansas, United States) is an assistant coach of the Toronto Raptors of the NBA. He is most notable for being the head basketball coach at Purdue University for 25 years, from 1980-2005. ...

A game between the Raptors and the Nuggets, 10 March 2006.
A game between the Raptors and the Nuggets, 10 March 2006.

On 15 January 2006, the Raptors set a franchise points record in a 129–103 win over the Knicks when Villanueva hit a three-pointer late in the game,[54] but less than a week later, the Raptors gave up an 18-point lead against the Los Angeles Lakers, and allowed Lakers star Kobe Bryant to score 81 points, the second highest single-game total in NBA history.[55] With media scrutiny intensifying once more and the Raptors entrenched at the bottom of the league in defensive field goal percentage,[56] Toronto fired GM Rob Babcock.[57] Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1600x1200, 964 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Toronto Raptors User:Chensiyuan Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1600x1200, 964 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Toronto Raptors User:Chensiyuan Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner... For the original defunct Denver Nuggets, see Denver Nuggets (original). ... March 10 is the 69th day of the year (70th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 15th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... Kobe Bryant (born August 23, 1978) is an American All-Star shooting guard in the National Basketball Association who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers. ... Field goal percentage in basketball is the ratio of field goals made to field goals attempted. ...


The 2005–06 season was not a total disaster. Villanueva's play impressed both fans and former critics as he came in second in NBA Rookie of the Year[58] and recorded 48 points in an overtime loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, the most points scored by any rookie in franchise history and the most by a rookie in the NBA since 1997.[59] Bosh was also named a reserve forward for the Eastern All-Star Team in the 2006 game,[37] becoming the third Raptor after Vince Carter and Antonio Davis to appear in an All-Star Game. On 27 February 2006, the team named Bryan Colangelo, the 2004 NBA Executive of the Year, the President and GM of the Raptors.[60] Known for his success in transforming a lottery Phoenix team into a 62-win offensive juggernaut, his hiring gave hope to many fans. Still, Toronto ended the season weakly when Bosh suffered a season-ending thumb injury.[61] The Raptors lost 10 in a row after Bosh's injury[62] and finished the season with the 5th worst record (27–55) in the NBA.[63] The National Basketball Associations Rookie of the Year Award, first given after the 1952-1953 NBA season, is given to the top first-year player in the league. ... Overtime is an additional period of play specified under the rules of a sport in order to bring the game to a decision and avoid declaring the contest a tie or draw. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... 2006 NBA All-Star Logo The 2006 NBA All-Star Game was played on Sunday, February 19, 2006 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, home of the Houston Rockets. ... is the 58th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... The NBA Executive of the Year Award is the award given by the National Basketball Association to the leagues best front office executive. ...


Return to the playoffs

A packed ACC in a game against the Milwaukee Bucks on 3 November 2006. Toronto used an old alternate logo from many years before for the 2006–07 season, seen here in the centre of the court.
A packed ACC in a game against the Milwaukee Bucks on 3 November 2006. Toronto used an old alternate logo from many years before for the 2006–07 season, seen here in the centre of the court.

The 2006–07 season represented a watershed year for the Raptors franchise. The roster was overhauled, including the selection of 2006 NBA Draft number one pick Andrea Bargnani, the acquisition of point guard T.J. Ford in exchange for Charlie Villanueva, and the signing of shooting guard Anthony Parker and small forward Jorge Garbajosa.[64] Bosh was given a three-year contract extension,[64] while Maurizio Gherardini of Benetton Treviso was hired as the club’s vice-president and assistant general manager.[65] Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2560x1920, 2306 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Toronto Raptors Air Canada Centre User:Chensiyuan Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2560x1920, 2306 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Toronto Raptors Air Canada Centre User:Chensiyuan Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... is the 307th day of the year (308th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The 2006-07 NBA season was the 61st season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 2006 NBA Draft was held on June 28 at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City. ... Andrea Bargnani, nicknamed Il Mago (translated to The Magician), (born October 26, 1985 in Rome, Italy) is an Italian professional basketball player with the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association. ... Terrance Jerod T.J. Ford (born March 24, 1983, in Houston, Texas) is an American professional basketball player in the NBA, currently playing for the Toronto Raptors. ... Anthony Michael Parker (born June 19, 1975 in Des Moines, Iowa) is an American professional basketball player currently with the National Basketball Associations (NBA) Toronto Raptors. ... Jorge Garbajosa Chaparro Jr. ... Maurizio Gherardini (born September 22, 1955 in Forli, Italy) is a vice president and an assistant general manager for the Toronto Raptors basketball club. ... Benetton Treviso may refer to either of the following sports clubs in Treviso, Italy, both owned by clothing giant Benetton: Benetton Rugby Treviso — a rugby union club participating in Italys top competition, the Super 10 Pallacanestro Treviso — a basketball club usually referred to as Benetton Treviso by basketball media...

The Raptors scoreboard showing Bosh, current leader of the Raptors, circa 22 November 2006.

The first half of the season produced mixed results as Toronto struggled towards the .500 mark.[66] However, Toronto ended the regular season with a 47–35 record, securing the third seed in the Eastern Conference for the 2007 NBA Playoffs, as well as homecourt advantage for the first time in franchise history.[67][68] Bosh recorded career-highs in ppg and rpg[37] and was voted to start in the 2007 NBA All-Star Game.[69] The Raptors were also praised for their improved defense, ball-sharing and tremendous team chemistry.[70] Colangelo, Gherardini and Mitchell were credited with Toronto's turnaround this season,[71] which was one of the best in NBA history in terms of league standing and defensive ranking.[72] Mitchell was subsequently named the 2006–07 NBA Coach of the Year, the first coach in Raptors history to receive the honour,[73] while Colangelo was named 2006–07 Executive of the Year.[74] On 24 April 2007, the Raptors won their first playoff game in five seasons, with an 89–83 victory over the New Jersey Nets,[75] but lost the series 4–2.[76] Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2816x2112, 2152 KB) Raptors game, November 22, 2006 against the Cleveland Cavaliers Epson291 03:00, 8 January 2007 (UTC) I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2816x2112, 2152 KB) Raptors game, November 22, 2006 against the Cleveland Cavaliers Epson291 03:00, 8 January 2007 (UTC) I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of... is the 326th day of the year (327th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The 2007 NBA Playoffs was the postseason to the National Basketball Associations 2006-2007 season. ... The 2007 NBA All-Star Game will be played on February 18, 2007 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegass Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. ... The person recognized as the NBA Coach of the Year receives the Red Auerbach Trophy. ... is the 114th day of the year (115th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


Several changes to the roster were made before the 2007–08 campaign. The Raptors drafted Giorgos Printezis in the 2007 NBA Draft,[77] signed Carlos Delfino,[78] Jamario Moon,[79] Maceo Baston[80] and three-point specialist Jason Kapono.[81] On the other hand, veteran swingman Morris Peterson joined the New Orleans Hornets[82] and Luke Jackson was waived. Despite being defending division champions, the Raptors were widely tipped as outside contenders for the division and conference titles.[83] The 2007-08 NBA season is the 62nd season of the National Basketball Association. ... Giorgos Printezis (Greek: Γιώργος Πρίντεζης ; born February 22, 1985, in Athens, Greece) is a Greek professional basketball player who currently plays for Olympiacos in Greece. ... The 2007 NBA Draft was held on June 28, 2007 at the WaMu Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City and was broadcast in the United States on ESPN. The first 14 picks in the draft belonged to teams that had missed the 2007 NBA Playoffs, with their... Carlos Francisco Delfino (born August 29, 1982, in Santa Fe, Argentina) is an Argentine professional basketball player for the NBAs Toronto Raptors. ... Jamario Raman Moon (born June 13, 1980, in Goodwater, Alabama) is an American professional basketball player for the NBAs Toronto Raptors. ... Maceo Demond Baston (born May 29, 1976 in Corsicana, Texas, United States) is an American professional basketball player with the Toronto Raptors of the NBA. // Baston played college basketball at the University of Michigan. ... Jason Alan Kapono (born February 4, 1981 in Long Beach, California) is an American professional basketball player in the NBA, currently with the Toronto Raptors. ... Swingman is a basketball term denoting a player who can play both the small forward and shooting guard positions; and, in essence, swing between the shooting guard and small forward positions. ... The New Orleans Hornets are a professional basketball team based in New Orleans, Louisiana. ... Luke Ryan Jackson (born November 6, 1981 in Eugene, Oregon) is an American professional basketball player. ...


Fanbase

The Raptor Mascot rallying the crowd during a game.
The Raptor Mascot rallying the crowd during a game.

The Raptors have enjoyed a consistent fanbase throughout their history. From 2000 to 2002, the Raptors led the league in sellouts, but attendances dipped slightly between 2003 and 2006. This improved during the 2006–07 regular season, an average of 18,258 fans attended each game (13th in the league), which translates to 92.2% of the ACC's seating capacity.[84] Following the success of the 2006–07 season, Toronto became one of the league leaders in season ticket sales.[85] Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (1001 × 750 pixel, file size: 157 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Picture of Raptor, the Toronto Raptors mascot Image taken and owned by Adam Lazzarato Image was taken off here File links The following pages on the... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (1001 × 750 pixel, file size: 157 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Picture of Raptor, the Toronto Raptors mascot Image taken and owned by Adam Lazzarato Image was taken off here File links The following pages on the...


The value of the Raptors franchise has risen over the years. With the continued popularity of the Raptors, the value of the franchise rose from US$125 million in 1998 to $315 million in 2007, according to a Forbes report.[86] The Raptors are also the only NBA team with their own television station, Raptors NBA TV. Their television ratings, however, are considerably lower than other more established Toronto sports teams and other sporting events shown on Canadian television.[87] This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Raptors NBA TV is a Canadian category 2 digital cable specialty channel owned by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd. ...


On game day, the fans are usually entertained by the Raptor mascot, the Raptors Dance Pak, and the 4 Korners Raptors Soundcrew during pre-game, time-outs, and intervals. Giveaways are usually bundled with tickets to encourage attendance. Millie, once mascot of the City of Brampton, is now the Brampton Arts Councils representative. ... In sports, a time-out refers to a stoppage in the match for a short amount of time. ...


Community service

The Raptors Foundation is the charitable arm of the Raptors, dedicated to assisting Ontario’s registered charities that support programs and sports initiatives for at-risk children and youth. The Foundation strives to lift spirits and change lives for young people by supporting local and provincial organizations that provide recreational, educational and other youth-oriented activities. Through its community ties and with the help of its corporate partners, donors, Raptors players and volunteers, the Foundation has successfully raised more than $14 million since 1995 and reached out to thousands of charities.[88] The Raptors Foundation is one of three parts of the Raptors' community service program. The other projects are Raptors Community Relations and Raptors Basketball Development, both of which focus on providing basketball development programs. The Toronto Raptors lead the NBA for amount of money donated to the community. A charitable foundation is a legal categorization of nonprofit organizations that either donate funds and support to other organizations, or provide the sole source of funding for their own activities. ... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin: Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Official languages English (de facto) Government Lieutenant-Governor David C. Onley Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament House seats 107 Senate seats 24 Confederation July 1, 1867 (1st) Area... This article is about charitable organizations. ...


Franchise and NBA records

Further information: Toronto Raptors' Accomplishments and Records

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Season-by-season records

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, % = Win-Loss %

Season W L  % Playoffs Results
Toronto Raptors
1995–96 21 61 .256    
1996–97 30 52 .366    
1997–98 16 66 .195    
1998–99† 23 27 .460    
1999–2000 45 37 .549 Lost First Round New York 3, Toronto 0
2000–01 47 35 .573 Won First Round
Lost Conference Semifinals
Toronto 3, New York 2
Philadelphia 4, Toronto 3
2001–02 42 40 .512 Lost First Round Detroit 3, Toronto 2
2002–03 24 58 .293    
2003–04 33 49 .402    
2004–05 33 49 .402    
2005–06 27 55 .313    
2006–07* 47 35 .573 Lost First Round New Jersey 4, Toronto 2
2007–08 5 4 .556
Totals 393 568 .409    
Playoffs 10 16 .385    

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Players

Current roster

Toronto Raptors roster
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Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. From
F/C 7 Flag of Italy Bargnani, Andrea 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Italy
F 9 Flag of the United States Baston, Maceo 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Michigan
F 4 Flag of the United States Bosh, Chris 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Georgia Tech
G 8 Flag of Spain Calderón, José 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Spain
G/F 20 Flag of Argentina Delfino, Carlos 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Argentina
G 3 Flag of the United States Dixon, Juan 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 164 lb (74 kg) Maryland
G 11 Flag of the United States Ford, T. J. 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Texas
F 15 Flag of Spain Garbajosa, Jorge 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Spain
F 14 Flag of the United States Graham, Joey 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Oklahoma State
F 43 Flag of the United States Humphries, Kris 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Minnesota
F 24 Flag of the United States Kapono, Jason 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) UCLA
G 2 Flag of the United States Martin, Darrick 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 170 lb (77 kg) UCLA
F 33 Flag of the United States Moon, Jamario 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Meridian C.C.
C 12 Flag of Slovenia Nesterovič, Rasho 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 255 lb (116 kg) Slovenia
G/F 18 Flag of the United States Parker, Anthony 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Bradley
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (INJ) Injured

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Notable former players

For the complete list of Toronto Raptors players see: Toronto Raptors all-time roster.
  • Vince Carter — Raptors' all-time leading scorer; 4 All-Star appearances as a Raptor; NBA Slam Dunk champion.[14]
  • Doug Christie — solid defensive player and helped push the Raptors playoff campaign; all-time team steals leader.
  • Antonio Davis — all-time team rebounds leader; made sole All-Star appearance as a Raptor; led team to playoffs following Vince Carter's season-ending injury in 2002.
  • Tracy McGrady — often overshadowed by Carter, McGrady was the team's defensive stopper; became a perennial All-Star for the Orlando Magic and Houston Rockets.
  • Morris Peterson — franchise leader in career games played with 542; played in 371 straight games.
  • Alvin Robertson — scored first NBA points in Raptors history.[89]
  • Jalen Rose — 1999–2000 Most Improved Player of the year;[90] one-time highest-paid Raptor and highest-paid professional athlete in Toronto.[91]
  • Damon Stoudamire — first-ever draft pick and the Raptors' first franchise player; recorded the first triple-double in Raptors history.[5]
  • Alvin Williams — all-time assist leader; hit arguably the biggest shot in franchise history over New York in the 2001 first round, sealing the Raptors' first and only playoff series win.

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Staff

Head coaches

General managers Brendan Malone is a professional basketball coach in the NBA. He was named as the first head coach (1995-96) of the Toronto Raptors, an expansion team based in Toronto, Canada. ... Darrell Walker (born March 9, 1961 in Chicago, Illinois) is a former professional basketball player and coach. ... Butch Carter Butch Carter (born June 11, 1958 in Springfield, Ohio) is a former player and coach of the National Basketball Association. ... Lenny Wilkens with the Portland Trail Blazers Leonard Randolph Wilkens (born October 28, 1937, in Brooklyn, New York, USA) is a former National Basketball Association player, as well as the NBAs career leader in coaching wins and losses. ... Kevin ONeill (born January 24, 1957) served as a basketball coach in both the NCAA and the NBA. After tenures at North Country Community College (Saranac Lake, New York), Marycrest College (Davenport, Iowa), Marquette, Tennessee and Northwestern he became an assistant coach under Jeff Van Gundy with the New... Samuel E. Mitchell, Jr. ...

TV commentators For the boxer, see Isiah Thomas (boxer). ... Glen Grunwald is the former general manager of the Toronto Raptors of the NBA. He was GM of the club from March 1998 until April, 2004. ... John William Jack McCloskey (born October 19, 1925) is a former National Basketball Association player, coach, and executive. ... Rob Babcock is the former general manager of the Toronto Raptors. ... Wayne Embry (born March 26, 1937 Springfield, OH - ) was a center/forward with an 11 year career from 1959 to 1969. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ...

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Toronto Sun: "Bosh unintentionally is grinning as he is telling the story on his proudest night as a professional.
Toronto Sun: "Much of the credit for his offensive misadventures has been the play of his shooting guard counterpart on the Raptors, Anthony Parker, who put together one of the best games of his NBA career last night.
Toronto Sun: "The third-year Raptors coach probably was close to being fired in past years, and perhaps even earlier this season when the team started 2-8.
Toronto Raptors: Information from Answers.com (5667 words)
The Toronto Raptors were established on September 30, 1993 when the NBA awarded its 28th franchise to a group headed by Toronto Businessman John Bitove.
The Raptors' selection of Stoudamire was met with boos from those present at the 1995 NBA Draft at SkyDome in Toronto, many of whom bought into the hype surrounding the National Player of the Year in the NCAA and NCAA Final Four MVP, UCLA's Ed O'Bannon.
The Raptors franchise also announced the "Nicholson seats" (two pairs of seats, one pair adjoining each bench with the to the scorers table) that cost $1500/season because of their proximity to the team and the basketball court; they are sold out for the season.
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