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Toronto Raptors

The Toronto Raptors are a Canadian professional basketball team based in Toronto. The Raptors compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league’s Eastern Conference Atlantic Division. They play their home games at Scotiabank Arena, which they share with the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL).


Conference Eastern
Division Atlantic
Founded 1995
Arena Scotiabank Arena
Location Toronto, Ontario
Main sponsor Sun Life Financial
President Masai Ujiri
General manager Bobby Webster
Head coach Nick Nurse
Ownership Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment
Affiliation(s) Raptors 905

  • History

On November 1, 1946, the Toronto Huskies hosted the New York Knickerbockers at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, in what was the first game played in NBA history (as the Basketball Association of America). However, the Huskies folded after the initial 1946–47 season. Toronto did not host another NBA game until the 1970s, when the Buffalo Braves played a total of 16 regular season games at Maple Leaf Gardens from 1971 to 1975.

The NBA began to seriously considers expansion into Toronto after they received an unsolicited application fee from the Palestra Group, headed by Larry Tanenbaum. The Palestra Group was one of several seeking an NBA franchise, with Professional Basketball Franchise (Canada) Inc. (PBF) formally submitting an application for a Toronto-based team on April 23, 1993.

The team was formalized on November 4, 1993, when the NBA Board of Governors endorsed the decision of Expansion Committee and awarded its 28th franchise to a group headed by Toronto businessman John Bitove for a then-record expansion fee of US$125 million.

  • 2013–present: The Masai Ujiri Era and Prolonged Success

During the 2013 off-season, new general manager Masai Ujiri traded Bargnani to the New York Knicks for Marcus Camby, Steve Novak, Quentin Richardson, a future first-round draft pick, and two future second-round picks; Camby and Richardson were both waived shortly after the trade.

They finished the regular season(2013–14 NBA season) with a franchise-high 48 wins (.585), going 42–22 (.656) after the Gay trade, the third-best record in the Eastern Conference.

The Raptors opened a new practice facility, the OVO Athletic Centre, originally known as the BioSteel Centre, in Exhibition Place, on February 10, 2016. The Raptors hosted the 2016 NBA All-Star Game on February 14, 2016, and its associated weekend for the first time in its history. With a 105–97 win at home against the Atlanta Hawks on March 30, 2016, the Raptors attained their first-ever 50-win season.

  • 2019–present: Pandemic-shortened Seasons 

The fear that Leonard would depart after only one season materialized when he signed for the Los Angeles Clippers. Nonetheless, the Raptors managed to win 53 games in a season shortened by the COVID-19 pandemic to secure the second seed. Their winning percentage (73.6 per cent) was the best in franchise history, and the season also saw the elevation of Pascal Siakam to an All-NBA Player and Nurse being named as Coach of the Year.

Due to travel restrictions imposed by the Canadian government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Raptors have been unable to host games in Toronto since March 2020 and have been playing their home games for the 2020–21 season at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida. On February 28, 2021, due to NBA’s COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols, for the first time in the season for Toronto, the game between the Toronto Raptors and Chicago Bulls had been postponed.


  • Uniforms

The uniforms the Raptors unveiled prior to the 1995–96 season, and wore until 1999, had black and white tears as pinstripes, edgy asymmetric lettering, a raptor claw on one side of the shorts, a raptor biting the ‘T’ of the ‘TR’ franchise acronym on the other side; and featured a red giant and aggressive Velociraptor dribbling a basketball (as depicted on the franchise logo) in the middle of the jersey.

The Raptors unveiled these new jerseys in 1999−2000, launching a unique road jersey that had a purple front and a black back. In 2003−04, the Raptors introduced a solid red alternate that would become the main road jersey in 2006−07 onward as purple was dropped from the team’s colour scheme. From the 2008−09 season through the 2014−15 season, the Raptors unveiled their alternate black road uniforms, which were actually worn as often as the primary red ones.


  • Players

  • Basketball Hall of Fame

Toronto Raptors Hall of Famers
Players
No. Name Position Tenure Inducted
34 Hakeem Olajuwon C 2001–2002 2008
1 Tracy McGrady G/F 1997–2000 2017
4 Chris Bosh C/F 2003–2010 2021
Coaches
Name Position Tenure Inducted
Lenny Wilkens Coach 2000–2003 1998
Contributors
Name Position Tenure Inducted
Wayne Embry GM 2006 1999

  • Arenas

Arenas
Arena Games played Tenure
Sky Dome 117 1995–1999
Maple Leaf Gardens 6
Copps Coliseum 3
Scotia bank Arena 710 1999–2020, 2021–present
Amalie Arena 37 2020–2021
  • OVO Athletic Centre(Practice facility: 2016–present)

  • Community Service

The Raptors Foundation was 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 strove to lift spirits and change lives for young people by supporting local and provincial organizations that provide recreational, educational and other youth-oriented activities.


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