The Toronto Raptors entered the NBA in 1995, when the league added them and the Vancouver Grizzlies to expand into Canada.
The Grizzlies moved on to Memphis, meaning Toronto is now Canada’s only representative.
The Raptors struggled mightily early, posting just five winning seasons and five playoff appearances in its first 18 years.
However, the last decade has been different. Toronto has made the postseason eight times and won the 2019 NBA championship.
Since Toronto’s inaugural 1995-96 campaign, when Damon Stoudamire won Rookie of the Year, the Raptors have had several greats come through the Queen City.
Below is our list of the 10 best Raptors players of all time.
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Although more famous for his time with the strong Indiana Pacers teams of the 1990s, Dale Davis was a core piece of Toronto’s first sustained success in the early 2000s.
He played four plus seasons with the Raptors and helped the team reach the playoffs three years in a row, winning their first postseason series in the process.
Davis averaged 12.9 points and 9.2 rebounds in Toronto.
The sturdy, 6-11, 265-pound Lithuanian Jonas Valaciunas played six plus seasons to start his career in Toronto.
Unfortunately, he was traded away in the middle of what would be the Raptors’ lone championship season.
He averaged 11.8 points and 8.4 rebounds and currently sits second on the team’s career rebounds list behind Bosh.
Fred VanVleet moved to the Houston Rockets this offseason after spending the first seven seasons of his NBA career in Toronto.
He was also on the 2018-19 NBA championship team and averaged 14.6 points and 5.3 assists in his Raptors career.
Pascal Siakam is the one man who can move up this list as he is the only current Raptor, having played all seven of his NBA seasons with the team.
Siakam has averaged 17 points and 6.5 rebounds for Toronto and is steadily moving up the career lists. He is Top-10 in career points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks, and won an NBA title in 2019.
Well-travelled Spaniard Jose Calderon played for seven NBA teams over 14 seasons, including seven plus with the Raptors.
He leads the team in career free throw percentage, at 87.7% and set the second longest free throws made streak in NBA history with 87.
Calderon averaged 10 points and 7.2 assists a game for the Raptors and is currently second on the team’s career assists list with 3,770.
Kawhi Leonard may have only played one season in Toronto, but despite playing just 60 regular season games as a Raptor, he led the team to their only NBA title.
He averaged 30 points in the playoffs and won the 2019 NBA Finals MVP award.
Vince Carter was explosive during his time with the Raptors. He won the 1999-2000 Rookie of the Year with Toronto, one of three Raptors (Stoudamire, Scotty Barnes 2021-22) to do so.
Carter averaged 23 points, five rebounds and four assists in his seven seasons as a Raptor.
He played an NBA-record 22 seasons and is third all-time with 1,541 games played. Carter is fourth on the Raptors’ all-time scoring and blocks list.
Although primarily known now as one of the Miami Heat’s big three with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh was a dominant force during his seven seasons with Toronto, averaging 20 points and nine rebounds.
He is still Toronto’s all-time rebounds and blocks leader.
DeMar DeRozan blossomed for the Raptors almost immediately, spending his first nine NBA seasons with the team before going to San Antonio in the trade that brought back Kawhi Leonard.
DeRozan is the team’s career leader in points scored with 13,296. He is also third all-time in steals and in the Top 10 for career rebounds and assists.
After building up his resume between Memphis and Houston his first six seasons in the league, Kyle Lowry joined Toronto in 2012.
Over nine seasons, he averaged 17.5 points and 7.1 assists for the Raptors, and he now leads the team in career assists, steals and three-pointers made, and is second all-time in scoring with 10,540 points.
Lowry, a member of the 2019 NBA champion team, is also Toronto’s career leader in most major career postseason statistics.
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