Toronto Raptor fans are finally looking at a team that could be something special, which means a lot to these fans since the Raptors weren't looking at a deep playoff run since the 2000-2001 season where they lost in the conference finals in 7 games verse the 76ers. In 2003, the astonishing draft which included LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh gave Toronto fans some hope where they drafted a to be hall-of-famer, Chris Bosh. Hype was huge and Bosh delivered putting up great numbers and led the Raptors to their first playoff appearance in 5 years during the 2006-2007 season, along with their first division title ever. While in Toronto, Bosh earned himself 5 all-star appearances and won a gold with the USA Olympic team in 2008. Bosh took former Raptor all-star Vince Carters reign as the man and face of this franchise, fairly so breaking all types records for the franchise, such as
- Free Throws
- Minutes played
Just to name a few. Sadly even with CB breaking records and all, the Raptors never accomplished much as they only made the playoffs two times, being eliminated every time in the first round. In 2010, Bosh decided to leave Toronto to join Miami along with superstar LeBron James and Dwayne Wade, which ended up breaking Toronto's heart again, first being VC leaving and at that time, Bosh.
It was a whole new start for the Raptors, but realistically it didn't take too long for this squad to build a new team that's built to win games. In the 2009 draft, Raptors drafted DeMar Derozan who is now the leader of this team. It took a few years for DeMar to merge into the NBA game-style from College but in the 2013-2014 season DD showed that he can compete at a great level in the NBA, averaging career highs in points, rebounds and assists.
During July, 2012, the Raptors traded for point-guard Kyle Lowry, giving up a first round pick and Gary Forbes, which now you can call a great steal for Toronto. There was huge hype having DeMar, Lowry and Rudy Gay on the squad, but starting the 2013-2014 season the Raptors had a 6-12 record. Rudy was after traded to the Kings and the Raptors automatically went 10-3. Lowry and DeMar built a great friendship and now are the face of this team. Lowry re-signed with the Raptors in the off-season in 2014 for four years.
Toronto went on the their first playoff appearance in 5 years losing in the first round to the Brooklyn Nets in 7 games. Nobody expected such and generated massive hype for the city of Toronto who haven't had a team to look up to in a while.
Starting off the 2014-2015 season, the Raptors started 4-1 (and are now 5-1) having the best start for the franchise in 10 years. There hasn't been such an energetic hype for this team since Chris Bosh was drafted.
Toronto Raptors have never really shed their light too much as a contending franchise in the NBA, but here's a new start and the sky is the limit.