Toronto Raptors – Like any expansion team, the Toronto Raptors — who made their debut in 1995 — took a while to gain their footing in the league, winning just 90 games in their first four seasons. The franchise has experienced pockets of success since its inauspicious start.
Toronto earned its first playoff berth in 2000 in Vince Carter’s second season with the team. Carter led the club to a 45-37 record after averaging 25.7 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game.
Carter would carry the Raptors into the postseason each of the next two seasons as well, including their deepest playoff run to date in 2001. Toronto, playing as a five seed, lost in seven games to the top seeded Philadelphia 76ers, in spite of Carter averaging 30.4 points per contest for the series.
Toronto registered its sixth and seventh playoff appearance in 2014 and 2015 (lost in the opening round on both occasions) with DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry leading the way. The duo also led the club to just its second and third Atlantic Division titles in those same two seasons.
Toronto received its iconic name through a contest in which Canadian’s submitted mascot entries. The name Raptors won out due in large part to the fame of the 1993 blockbuster movie Jurassic Park.
The Raptors called the SkyDome home between 1995 and 1999, but the Air Canada Centre has served as their venue since the 1999-2000 season.
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