Head Coach: Nick Nurse
The Toronto Raptors compete in the NBA as part of the league’s Eastern Conference Atlantic Division. Originally introduced in the league in 1995, the expansion team eventually became the only NBA franchise stationed in Canada after the Vancouver Grizzlies relocated to Memphis in 2001. The team first played their home games at SkyDome, before moving to the Scotiabank Arena in 1999.
Common with most expansion teams, the Raptors failed to make a statement in their early years, but after acquiring Vince Carter, the team began to set records and made it to the NBA playoffs in 2000, 2001, and 2002. Carter was pivotal in bringing the team to their first playoffs in 2001, where they also appeared in the Eastern Conference semifinals. After the departure of Carter, the franchise took part in several postseason campaigns with the help of Chris Bosh, who then signed with the Heat in 2010, and DeMar DeRozan, who was recently traded to the Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard. The Raptors hold 5 division titles acquired in 2007, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2018.
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