The Toronto Raptors is a professional NBA basketball team located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is divided into the Atlantic Division of the NBA Eastern Conference. The home stadium is located in the Scotiabank Stadium, shared with the NHL Toronto Maple Leafs. In 1995, the NBA created the Raptors and the Vancouver Grizzlies for expansion in Canada. The Grizzlies moved to Memphis, Tennessee in the 2001-02 NBA season, making the Raptors the only Canadian team in the league.
In the early days of its founding, the Raptors faced some difficulties like other newly expanded NBA teams. They signed Vince Carter in the 1998 NBA Draft to reverse this situation. Under Vince Carter’s leadership, the Raptors reached the playoffs for three consecutive seasons in 2000, 2001, and 2002, including the Eastern Conference semifinals for the first time in the 2001 playoffs. In the 2002-2004 season, the Raptors had no significant record. Vince Carter was traded to the Brooklyn Nets in 2004.
After Vince Carter left, Chris Bosh became the leader of the Raptors. In the 2006-07 season, Brian Colangelo became the general manager of the Raptors. He and Chris Bosh and Andrea Bargnani led the reorganized team into the 2007 and 2008 playoffs. In the 2009-10 season, Colangelo reorganized the team again and persuaded Bosh to stay with the Raptors. In July 2010, Bosh left the Raptors to sign with the Miami Heat, making the Raptors need to rebuild again.
In 2013, Marseille Uklee succeeded Clangelo and helped build the Raptors centered around Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan guards. Under Ujiri’s management, the Raptors became a regular visitor in the playoffs. In the 2017-2018 season, the Raptors won the best record in team history. The defeat for the Eastern Conference title prompted Ujiri to fire the then head coach Dwayne Casey and trade DeMar DeRozan in the summer of 2018 in exchange for Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green. , And in the mid-season trade to Marc Gasol from the Memphis Grizzlies. In the 2019 playoffs, the Raptors won the district championship for the first time and entered the championship game for the first time, finally successfully winning the first championship in team history.
Alliance: East Side
Division: Atlantic Division
Arena: Scotia Bank Stadium (formerly known as Air Canada Center)
City: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Team color: red, black, silver, gold, white
Sponsor: Sun Life Financial Co., Ltd.
Chairman: Marseille Ucle
General Manager: Bobby Webster
Head Coach: Nick Nas
Owner: Maple Leaf Sports Entertainment
Championship: 1 time (2019)
League Championship: 1 time (2019)
Division champion: 7 times (2007, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020)
Post time: Sep-01-2020