Top 10 Players Toronto Raptors of All-Time

Top 10 Players Toronto Raptors of All-Time

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Honorable Mentions:

20. Anthony Parker

19. Marcus Camby

18. Jonas Valanciunas

17. Amir Johnson

16. Jalen Rose

15. Jerome Williams

14. Donyell Marshall

13. Kyle Lowry

12. DeMar Derozan

11. Charles Oakley

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10. Doug Christie

Seasons in TOR:

5 (1995-2000)

Stats w/ the Raptors

14.2 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 3.8 APG, 2.7 Stocks, 41.4 FG%

Doug Christie was one of the more difficult players to rank on this list. You could have gone with any of the players ranked 10-13 at the 10th spot. Christie wasn’t overly popular or memorable during his time in Toronto, but he was effective. He was versatile as a combo guard who could play at either the 1 or 2 spot. His skill on the defensive end was second to none. Getting the ball out of his opponent’s grasp was a natural skill that was just second nature to him. Christie had amazing hands that would constantly pester the offense into turning over the basketball. His 664 total steals and average of 2.1 steals per game are both team records. In 1996-97, Christie was one of only four players (Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Mookie Blaylock) to finish the season with at least 400 rebounds, 300 assists, 100 steals and 100 three-pointers. That’s some pretty good company, to say the least. It eventually earned him a seven-year, $22 million extension with the Raptors.  At the end of the 1999-2000 season, Christie was traded to the Sacramento Kings for Corliss Williamson, though his legacy up North remains strong to this day.

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9. Alvin Williams

Seasons in TOR:

8 (1998-2006)

Stats w/ the Raptors

9.3 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 4.3 APG, 1.5 Stocks, 41.9 FG%

Toronto fans love their players who display toughness night in and night out. That could be the hockey mentality sinking in, but it’s truly the case. If you can show that you’re busting your tail and working as hard as you can to succeed, you will immediately win over the masses. During the late ’90s and early 2000s, Alvin Williams did just that for the Raptors. Obviously, Alvin Williams did not have stellar statistics as a professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors.  However, as any fan would tell you, Williams was probably one of the most loved and respected Raptors of all-time. He was part of one of the most memorable seasons in Raptors history. In 2000-01, the Raptors made it to the second round of the NBA playoffs, only to lose, in heart-wrenching fashion, to the Philadelphia 76ers.  In the 2000-01 playoffs, Williams averaged 13.8 PPG and 4.2 APG while starting all 12 games. The only other players to start all 12 games were Vince Carter, Antonio Davis and Charles Oakley. A true Raptor forever.

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8. Andrea Bargnani

Seasons in TOR:

 7 (2006-2013)

Stats w/ the Raptors

15,2 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 1.3 APG, 1.7 Stocks, 43.7 FG%

As a seven-footer, Bargnani is far from your typical big man. With a career-high 6.2 rebounds in a single season, it’s safe to assume you will not find Bargnani in the paint boxing out. Scoring was never an issue in Toronto. From 2008 through 2011, Bargnani would average 15.4, 17.2 and 21.4 points. Offense was his forte, but that wasn’t enough. Dubbed the franchise player after Chris Bosh split for warmer temperatures in 2010, Bargnani never truly embraced the idea of being a leader or the man to take this team to the promised land. Despite solid years as a Raptor, it’s safe to say he was a disappointment given the fact that he was a #1 overall pick in 2006. Nevertheless, he still put in solid minutes in Toronto and fans can and should at least appreciate that.

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7. Tracy McGrady

Seasons in TOR:

3 (1997-2000)

Stats w/ the Raptors

11.1 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 2.5 APG, 2.4 Stocks, 44.8 FG%

What if Tracy McGrady had stayed with the Toronto Raptors for more than three seasons? What if he and his cousin Vince Carter had committed to the franchise together to form one of the most exciting duos the league had ever seen? Through no fault of anyone, none of that came into fruition. In his mind, McGrady had outgrown the team and was ready to take what he had learned in Toronto to achieve greatness elsewhere, which he eventually did in Orlando and Houston. During his three seasons as a Raptor, T-Mac averages 11/6/3 on 45 percent from the floor. He was a natural scorer with unparalleled athletic gifts. Even as a rookie just entering the league out of high school, you got the sense that he was going to be something really special. He was very young and naive during that time. He was only 21 years old when he asked for a trade to the Orlando Magic in 2000. As I said before, it’s hard not to ask the simple question: what if he stayed?

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