Top 10 Players Toronto Raptors of All-Time

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3. Damon Stoudamire

Seasons in TOR:

3 (1995-1998)

Stats w/ the Raptors

19.6 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 8.8 APG, 1.7 Stocks, 41.5 FG%

Damon “Mighty Mouse” Stoudamire was the first player ever drafted by the Toronto Raptors (1995) and the first player of notoriety the franchise ever had. From the moment he stepped on the court for the first time, Stoudamire had something to prove. He showed the city of Toronto just how valuable a piece he was, and that he was someone the team could lean on for years and years. Averaging almost a double-double in his first season, Stoudamire won Rookie of the Year, the first ever for the Toronto Raptors. Stoudamire currently holds the record for career minutes-per-game with 41, ahead of both Bosh and Carter. in his final season and 49 games with the Raptors, he also set a franchise record playing 41.5 minutes. He averaged a very underrated 20/9/4 during his time in Toronto and was pretty much the first basketball star of this franchises history. It’s such a shame he didn’t play for the Raptors for more than 3 seasons, he was just such a fun watch back then.

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2. Chris Bosh

Seasons in TOR:

7 (2003-2010)

Stats w/ the Raptors

20.2 PPG, 9.4 RPG, 2.2 APG, 2.0 Stocks, 49.2 FG%

Taken fourth overall in the 2003 NBA draft, Bosh would push himself to be as good or better than those who were drafted around him (LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade). As far as individual success is concerned, Bosh was slowly approaching the notoriety of his draft colleagues. His records speak for themselves. Bosh is the all-time leader in points, rebounds (both offensive and defensive), blocks, minutes, field goals, free throws, free-throw attempts and win shares (both offensive and defensive) for the Toronto Raptors. His effort on the court was always there, and he did the best with what he was presented. Bosh was a six-time All-Star with the Raptors, the most by any player, and is the only Raptor to ever win the Conference Player of the Month Award. The only reason why his legacy in Toronto will always be a little overlooked is because he “sold out” when he took his talents to South Beach to join forces with LeBron and D-Wade. Other than that, he is absolutely and undeniably the second best, if not THE best, Raptor in franchise history.With that said, it is important to acknowledge the immense sacrifice that Bosh gave to the fans of Toronto and the franchise. Both him and James gave seven years of their lives to teams that couldn’t get the right pieces together.

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1. Vince Carter

Seasons in TOR:

7 (1998-2005)

Stats w/ the Raptors

23.4 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 3.9 APG, 2.3 Stocks, 44.6 FG%

Love him or hate him, Vince Carter is simply the greatest Toronto Raptor of all time. Looking back at his accomplishments, you can get the sense for just how important Carter was to this franchise. He brought the team league wide respect and made non-Canadian fans care enough to want to watch them play basketball, which seemed crazy at the time. Carter was an attraction that helped put butts in seats and viewers in front of their television screens to see him perform. Unfortunately, in the minds of many Raptors fans, the bad will always outweigh the good. His departure from the team left a sour taste in the mouths of many, like Bosh, just to a much more extreme level. Booing Carter had almost become a rite of passage every time he returned to the Air Canada Centre. That was until Vince visited the arena on November 19th, 2014 – where the fans gave him a standing ovation which brought tears to the eyes of the man formerly known as “Air Canada”. It was seen as closure, in a sense, to many Raptors fans and showed Carter how much Toronto truly appreciates what he did during his time up North, no matter how badly it might have ended. Very cool story.

 

 

 

 

 

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