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History of Toronto Raptors

The Toronto Raptors are a professional basketball team. The Toronto Raptors are a team that plays in the highest level of competition in the world.

Author: Maurice Howe
Date: Aug 30, 2010 - 7:04:44 AM


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The Toronto Raptors are a professional basketball team. The Toronto Raptors are a team that plays in the highest level of competition in the world. The league that they play in is the National Basketball Association. The Toronto Raptors have been around for a while, but they are still one of the newer teams in the National Basketball Association(NBA).

 

The Toronto Raptors have been around since they were an expansion team in 1995. They were part of a two team expansion to the NBA. The other team that joined that season was the Vancouver Grizzlies organization. They were both additions to the NBA that joined in Canada. This brought the NBA to Canada.

 

Unfortunately the story of the Grizzlies in Vancouver was not a very long one. Just a few years after, the Grizzlies relocated to Memphis, Tennessee. This leaves the Raptors as the only team in the NBA that currently plays their home games outside of the United States.

 

The story of the Raptors hasn’t always been a great one. They have not had a tremendous amount of success over the years. They have however, been good about finding some key players for the team and fans to rally around over the years.

This all started with their top draft pick Damon Stoudamire. Stoudamire was a highly touted point guard that had the makeup of a great player. He would join a struggling team, but showed flashes of brilliance.

 

Stoudamire was an electric player that kept the fans happy in the early years of the organization. He had the quickness and scoring ability that brought him Rookie of the Year honors in 1995-96. He averaged 19 points and 9 assists that season. These are exceptional number for any point guard, but particularly for a rookie. The team showed flashes of brilliance in those days of Stoudamire, beating the league’s top teams. They were however unable to beat the teams that were of lower caliber and were not able to find sustained success.

 

The biggest player in the history of the franchise is without doubt Vince Carter. Carter was acquired in a draft day deal and was a star early on. He had athletic ability that is compared to the greatest players that have ever played the game. He is well known for his scoring ability and his tremendous dunking skills. He put on a show that brought more excitement to Toronto than the franchise has ever seen. Not only that, but he managed to lead the team to the playoffs several times over the years.

 

Eventually there was a falling out with Carter and he moved on to another franchise. The team eventually made another draft day to remember by picking up Chris Bosh. Bosh was one of the league’s best big men in his time in Toronto. He managed to score and rebound. He was a key part of the only division title in the history of the franchise in the 2006-2007 season.

Bosh has also now moved on and it looks as though the team will need a new face for the franchise in 2010.

Maurice Howe writes reviews on various sporting events including the various online sportsbook. In this piece of write up the author wrote about National Basketball Association games. The author takes the readers opinion on how to do NBA Betting online.



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