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    Toronto Raptors Franchise Information

    Have a read on below at some quick stats and facts on the Toronto Raptors to get you started: 

    Established:1995
    Stadium:Scotiabank Arena
    Colours:Red, black, white, silver & gold
    Hall of Famers:Tracy McGrady & Hakeem Olajuwon
    Hall of Fame Coaches:Lenny Wilkens
    Rivals:Brooklyn Nets & New York Knicks 
    Legends:Chris Bosh, Jose Calderon, Vince Carter & Damon Stoudamire
    Retired Numbers:None
    Conference: Eastern Conference
    Division:Atlantic Division
    NBA Championships:1: 2019

    Toronto Raptors History

    The Toronto Huskies hosted the first ever NBA (formerly Basketball Association of America) game in 1946 in a narrow loss to the New York Knicks. The Huskies unfortunately folded after their first season, with no professional basketball played in Toronto until the Buffalo Braves hosted 16 games over a five year span starting in 1971. 

    In September 1993, the Professional Basketball Franchise (Canada) Inc. were awarded the rights to a new Toronto NBA Team and on November 4th, the NBA Board of Governors finalised the creation of the Raptors for a then-record $125M expansion fee.

    In the 1995 NBA draft the Raptors selected Damon Stoudamire who led them to victory in their first ever game, beating the New Jersey Nets 94-79, A highlight for the team in their inaugural season was being one of very few teams able to beat to the 72-10 Chicago Bulls, however they finished their first season with a 21-61 record. 

    The team didn’t do much better over the next two seasons, and in the 1997-98 season had a 17 game losing streak and star young player Stoudamire requested a trade. The 1998 off season saw the Raptors trade for fifth pick in the draft, Vince Carter whilst also trading for veteran Charles Oakley who brought a breadth of playoff experience with him. 

    The team improved in the 1998-99 season but were unable to break through to the playoffs until the 1999-2000 season, where Carter led the team to their first playoff berth, finishing with a 45-37 record. 

    The team made the playoffs again the following year and beat the Knicks to win their first ever playoff series. Carter seemed destined to lead the Raptors to the playoffs for the third straight year in 2002 however went down with injury and missed the second half of the season. The Raptors still made the playoffs with a victory in the last game of the season however they lost to the 2nd seed Detroit Pistons. 

    The 2002-03 season saw the Raptors not make the playoffs for the first time in four seasons, ending the season with a 24-58 record. This was a blessing in disguise as Toronto ended up with the fourth pick in the 2003 draft and selected Chris Bosh, a revolutionary power forward who could play inside and shoot. 

    The Raptors again showed promise but were undone by injuries and were unable to make the playoffs again until 2007. During this time Carter felt the Raptors were misleading him and eventually requested a trade, which was granted to the New Jersey Nets, creating a rivalry between the two Atlantic Division foes. 

    Toronto’s downfall continued in the 2005-06 season losing their first nine games and 15 of their first 16. This was followed up by allowing Lakers star Kobe Bryant to score 81 points (the second highest ever) later in the season. 

    Chris Bosh was tasked with leading an overhauled team with new players in the 2006-07 season and despite a rocky start, ended up third in the Eastern Conference with help from the first pick in the 2006 draft, Andrea Bargnani. The Raptors were unfortunately tasked with facing their former star Vince Carter and the Nets, whose experience got them over the line with a 4-2 series victory. 

    The Raptors made the playoffs again the following season but were outplayed by Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic for a second straight season of first round exits from the playoffs. 

    From the 2007-2010 seasons the Raptors failed to make the playoffs and Chris Bosh departed in free agency, joining LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in Miami, leaving the Raptors in limbo with Demar Derozan (9th pick in the 2009 draft) as the centrepiece of the franchise. 

    The Raptors didn’t see the playoffs for the first three seasons after Bosh’s departure but drafted future starting centre Jonas Valencunas in 2011, signed revolutionary coach Dwane Casey in 2011 and signed point guard Kyle Lowry in 2012. 

    The Derozan and Lowry led Raptors looked poised for playoff success and finally broke through in the 2013-14 season, finishing third in the Eastern Conference with 48 wins and 34 losses. The Raptors were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs two straight seasons despite having their best regular seasons at the time. 

    Along with their resurgence in the playoffs, the Toronto Raptors partnered with Drake as the team’s Global Ambassador in 2013. Drake’s brand OVO is also a partner of the Raptors and has seen the team’s popularity grow not only in Toronto, but globally. 

    The Toronto Raptors have introduced ‘Drake Night’ where the team wears Black and Gold uniforms inspired by Drake’s brand OVO. Drake can often be seen sitting courtside, cheering the Raptors and talking trash to opposing teams.

    The Raptors managed to get out of the first round the next three seasons in 2016, 17 and 18 but fell victim to Lebron James all three years with third, second and second round exits respectively.

    This period of time saw; many refer to the Raptors as ‘LeBronto’, Dwane Casey get fired despite winning Coach of the Year that season and the trading of superstar Derozan to the San Antonio Spurs in a franchise defining move that brought in former Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard. 

    Leonard only had one season remaining on his contract and was returning from a devastating quadriceps injury at the time, unable to play as many games as fans hoped throughout the 2018-19 season due to ‘load management’. 

    This was all worth it as Kawhi led the team through the Eastern Conference, defeating MVP Giannis Antetonkoumpo in the Eastern Conference Finals, setting up a match up with juggernaut and reigning back to back champions, the Golden State Warriors. 

    Kawhi dominated the series, along with Kyle Lowry and a breakout series from young Pascal Siakim allowed the Toronto Raptors to win their first ever championship in 2019. After bringing the title to Toronto, Leonard left for the Los Angeles Clippers in the off-season. This left Lowry and NBA’s 2019 Most Improved Player Siakam to lead the Raptors to a better winning percentage than last season and 2nd seed in the Eastern Conference this season. 

    After easily dealing with the Nets in the first round, the Raptors fell to the Celtics in a tough seven game series. After a disappointing second round exit and key players on massive salaries, there are some questions surrounding what is next for the current Raptors roster.

    Those questions were answered but it may not be the answer that Toronto fans were after. The team, which relocated to Tampa Bay due to COVID-19, didn’t live up to expectations in the 2020-21 season and after winning the title just two years ago, missed the playoffs for the first time in the last eight years. Kyle Lowry is now a free agent and the team is closer to bottoming out than competing for a title.

    The Toronto Raptors had a decent campaign in 2021-22 and made the playoffs. They finished the regular season with a record of 48-34 and in fifth place of the Eastern Conference.

    Expert 2022-23 Picks & Preview on Toronto Raptors

    Our experts will provide an analysis on the Raptors’ chances closer to the start of the 2022-23 season. In the meantime, you can check out our thoughts on the team before the 2021-22 season started:

    The Toronto Raptors missed out on the playoffs for the first time since the 2012-13 season and only 2 seasons removed from their 2019 championship. The team said goodbye to a lot of their key rotational guys in return for a new-look Raptors that consists of young promising talent. This upcoming season could very well be another rebuilding season but it’s hard to rule out the team that won an NBA title 2 seasons ago with the Coach of the Year from 2019-20.

    Front Office

    The Raptors head coach Nick Nurse recently signed a multi-year extension, making him one of the highest paid coaches in the league. Rightfully so, the 2019-20 coach of the year has coached the team to 138 wins and 88 losses in his time with them despite the 27-45 season in 2020-21. The team’s sudden plummet last season indicates a pretty obvious tank job which ultimately landed the team the 4th overall pick in the 2021 draft. With this pick, the team took Scottie Barnes who has shown plenty of promise in the Summer League and preseason.

    The most major move by the team was trading away their 6 time all-star and their starting point guard for 9 straight seasons, Kyle Lowry. Lowry was signed-and-traded to the Miami Heat in return for Goran Dragic and Precious Achiuwa. Also, the team extended Gary Trent Jr to 3 years/ $54 million. 

    The team waived Aron Baynes, DeAndre Bembry, and Rodney Hood who played impactful minutes (18.5 min, 19.1 min, 12.7 min per game, respectively). In free agency, the team signed Isaac Bonga, Sam Dekker, Khem Birch and Svi Mykhailiuk.

    Key Players

    The team lost their greatest playmaker in the team’s history with Lowry’s departure (who leads the Raptors in all-time assists with 4,277 total dimes) which means Fred Vanvleet’s role could become even bigger. Vanvleet was 2nd in assists behind Lowry last year and 2nd in scoring behind Siakam, averaging 19.6 pts, 4.2 reb, 6.3 ast on 36.6% 3P and 38.9% FG. 

    His efficiency last season took a dip from his previous season where he shot 39.0% 3P and 41.3% FG, so this number must increase if the Raptors want to be able to rely on him as a scoring threat but this dip is also because of the increase in volume. Vanvleet was 4th in 3 point attempts per game with 9.2 3PA/game but finished 19th in 3 pointers made with only 3.3 3P per game. Though, expect Vanvleet to take on Lowry’s leadership role being one of the longest tenured players on the roster (playing with Toronto since 2016-17). 

    The other longest tenured Raptor is Siakam who had an underwhelming follow up to his all-star 2019-20 season (and 2018-19 Most Improved Player win) despite having a bigger role and being the number 1 option. His numbers saw a dip, averaging 21.4 pts, 7.2 reb, 4.5 ast on a worsened 29.7% 3P and 45.5% FG. However, these stats were most likely due to Siakam taking some time to adjust to being the 1st scoring option and having defenses more focussed on him but he eventually began adjusting. 

    Since May 1 2021, Siakam averaged 28 pts, 8.2 reb, 3.4 ast including a 44 point, 11 reb, and 7 ast performance in the second last game of the season. With this momentum, Siakam’s numbers and efficiency should see a noticeable improvement as he looks to push the Raptors back into the playoffs.

    Breakout Player

    The Raptors kept the Siakam-Vanvleet duo intact but a high-floor and high-ceiling prospect with their 4th pick, drafting Scottie Barnes. In the Summer League, Barnes outshined all expectations, averaging 15.5 pts, 6.75 reb, 3.25 ast, 2 blocks and 1 steal a game. At times, Barnes was the clear best offensive and defensive player on the court as he showed an improved ability to create his own shots with a competent floater-game, jump shot and finishing package. 

    Despite not shooting well in the preseason, Barnes showed great playmaking abilities, averaging 7.7 ast per 36min. Most notably, Barnes’ most valuable asset is his defense. His 6’9 height and near 7’3 wingspan makes him an ultimate shot disruptor whether at the rim or for any shooter. He averaged 2.6 blocks per 36 in the Summer League and in college, he averaged 2.5 steals per 40 min. Barnes will have an immediate impact for the Raptors on the defensive end and eventually his offense will catch-up, not to say that it’s far off. The Raptors may have struck gold with Scottie Barnes.

    Toronto Raptors Betting & Odds Preview 2022-23

    The 2021-22 season is over and we take a look back at the Toronto Raptors betting history for the most recent season. We will provide more information in relation to the new 2022-23 season once information becomes available. In the meantime, have a look at the betting and odds information for the Raptors before the start of the previous season:

    Opening with the eighth best odds for the 2020-21 NBA Championship, the Toronto Raptors, +1600, are still in the elite level of teams that could play in the Finals.

    However, injuries and poor play meant that the Raptors couldn’t play to expectations. They failed to make the playoffs and broke the hearts of all Toronto, and Tampa Bay, basketball fans out there.

    The Raptors currently have +8000 odds to win the 2022 NBA Championship but that number seems far too low, given what we just saw and what could happen during the offseason.

    Given their poor play compared to expectations, the Raptors had the fourth-worst record against the spread in the league, 31-40-1. When looking at total points, they finished above 0.500, just, with a 38-34 record, seeing more games go OVER on the road, 22-14, compared to at their fake home in Tampa Bay, 16-20.

    Toronto Raptors FAQ

    Still got some burning questions about the Toronto Raptors? Well, we have answered some of the most common questions people have, hopefully you will find the answer you are looking for below! 

    Where do the Toronto Raptors play?

    The Raptors play their home games at Scotiabank Arena. 

    Who owns the Toronto Raptors?

    Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment owns the Toronto Raptors.

    How many NBA Championships have the Toronto Raptors won?

    The Toronto Raptors have won one NBA championship, which was in 2019.

    Who is the Toronto Raptors coach?

    Nick Nurse is the head coach of the Toronto Raptors. He was promoted from Assistant to Head Coach after the 2017-18 playoffs. 

    Do the Toronto Raptors play tonight?

    Are you wondering if the Toronto Raptors are playing tonight? Well, SportsTips has all the details you need about the Toronto Raptors! Make sure you check this page at the top for all the details you are looking for.

    What is the Toronto Raptors record?

    The Toronto Raptors had a 48-34 win-loss record for the 2021-22 NBA season. 

    Did the Toronto Raptors win last night?

    Fans of the Toronto Raptors are all wanting to know if they won the game last night. You can find more information in relation to the team’s recent form in games on the page at the top.

    How much are the Toronto Raptors worth?

    According to Forbes Magazine, the Toronto Raptors are worth $2.475 billion.

    Who do the Toronto Raptors play tonight?

    With back to backs and games every other night, things change pretty quickly in the NBA. So, if you are looking for more information about who the Toronto Raptors play tonight, you have come to the right place. We have all this information for you in detail, you can find these details for upcoming games at the top of the page.

    How to watch the Toronto Raptors?

    You can catch the Toronto Raptors in action through NBA TV, NBA League Pass, or on TV channels like ESPN, TNT, TSN or Sportsnet.

    Will the Toronto Raptors make the playoffs this year?

    The Toronto Raptors did make the playoffs after finishing 5th in the Eastern Conference with a 48-34 record.

    When do the Toronto Raptors play?

    Toronto Raptors fans are always looking for more information about when their team plays the next game. For all the information you have been craving and more, be sure to check the top of this page. Here at SportsTips we list all the information you need like the tip off time, location of the game and the all important NBA odds.

    Where did the Toronto Raptors finish the season?

    The Toronto Raptors finished in 5th place in the Eastern Conference standings.

    How many games did the Toronto Raptors win?

    The Toronto Raptors won 48 games during the 2021-22 NBA season.