Toronto Raptors is a professional basketball team in the Eastern Conference of the Atlantic Division in the National Basketball Association. They are based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Team Profile

The Toronto Raptors, also known simply as Toronto or the Raptors were established in 1995. Their current home arena is Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario. Their team colors are red, black, purple, gold, and white. They are affiliated with the Raptors 905 in the NBA G League.

The team is owned by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, the General Manager is Bobby Webster and the Team President is Masai Ujiri.

History

The team was established in 1995 and based in Toronto, Ontario.

When the Toronto Raptors was founded along with Vancouver Grizzlies, it was a part of the NBA Expansion in Canada. The Grizzlies shifted to Memphis in 2001 and Toronto was the sole Canadian team in the NBA.

In the initial years, the team struggled. In 1998, after the trade of Vince Carter, the team reached the NBA playoffs from 2000 to 2002. Carter played an important role in leading the team to the Eastern Conference semi-finals.

Country United States United States
City Toronto, Ontario
Founded 1995
Ground Scotiabank Arena
Nickname Raptors
Coach Darko Rajakovic
Website nba.com

As of 2024, the team’s Head Coach is Darko Rajaković.

During the next two seasons, the team did not make expected progress and Carter was traded and Chris Bosh was brought in. Bryan Colangelo was made the General Manager for the 2006-07 season and the team reached the first playoff berth in five years and won their first division title.

In 2019, coached by Nick Nurse and led on the field by Kawhi Leonard, beating the Golden State Warriors 4-2 in the NBA Finals.

From 1995 to 1999, the home arena was at SkyDome. There were occasional games from 1995 to 1999 when the home arena was either the Maple Leaf Gardens or the Copps Coliseum. From 1999 onwards, the home arena is at Air Canada Center.

In 2024, their home arena is the Scotiabank Arena.

Notable Players

Some players worth mentioning are Alvin Williams, Damon Stoudamire, Jalen Rose, Morris Peterson, Tracy McGrady, Antonio Davis, Doug Christie, Vince Carter, Pascal Siakam, Kyle Lowry and Kawhi Leonard.

Notable Rivalries

Some of the more notable rivalries in the history of the Raptors include those with the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Knicks.

Major Achievements

  • 1 NBA Championships
  • 1 Conference Titles
  • 7 Division Titles

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