The Best Toronto Raptors of All Time
Who are the best Toronto Raptors of all time? Formed in 1995, the Raptors are currently the only NBA team based out of the United States. In the team's short history, it hasn't experienced much success outside of a few years at the turn of the century. Behind the best player in team history, Vince Carter, the Raptors made the playoffs a handful of times, with its only division title coming in 2007. With Carter as the team's best player,, the Raptors advanced out the first round only once in 2001. For a franchise that hasn't had many winning seasons, the Raptors have had a number of Rookie of the Year Award winners. In addition to Carter, Damon Stoudamire and former first overall pick Andrea Bargnani won the award.
Some of the best players in Raptors history haven't stuck around the 6 to lead Toronto to a championship. The best examples of this are stars power forward Chris Bosh. Bosh famously bolted Toronto in 2010 for Miami to team up with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade and won two titles. The same went for Tracy McGrady, who was a rising star but left T-dot to play for the Orlando Magic in 2000 just before he became a household name.
Finally in 2019, Kawhi Leonard led a stacked Raptors roster featuring Marc Gasol, Serge Ibaka, Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, Danny Green, Pascal Siakam, and Norman Powell to the franchise's first championship in history. Doesn't that make Kawhi the GOAT (Greatest of all Toronto-Basketball-Players)?
Who is the best Toronto Raptor of all time? Vote or rerank this list according to who you think should be considered the greatest Toronto Raptors player ever.
Kawhi Anthony Leonard (born June 29, 1991) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played two seasons of college ...more
- Birthplace: Riverside, California
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- Birthplace: Dallas, Texas
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- Birthplace: Compton, California
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- Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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- Birthplace: Daytona Beach, Florida, United States of America
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- Birthplace: Rockford, Illinois85371680