Toronto Raptors Tickets
The Toronto Raptors are a professional basketball team, which competes in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Also known as the Raptors, the team is based in Toronto, Canada, and is the only Canadian men’s professional basketball team in the NBA. The franchise competes in the Eastern Conference Atlantic Division of the NBA. As of 2016, the Toronto Raptors are the Atlantic Division champions. Being the only men’s professional basketball team in Canada, the Raptors consistently play to a pack house at the Air Canada Centre, their home. If you are looking for toronto raptors tickets, click here
The Toronto Raptors are a professional basketball team, which competes in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The team is based in Toronto, Canada, and is the only Canadian men’s professional basketball team in the NBA. The franchise competes in the Eastern Conference Atlantic Division of the NBA. As of 2016, the Toronto Raptors are the Atlantic Division champions. Being the only men’s professional basketball team in Canada, the Raptors consistently play to a pack house at the Air Canada Centre, their home. If you are looking for Toronto Raptors tickets, then this is your chance to get them.
History: Establishment and Formative Years
The Toronto Raptors and the Vancouver Grizzlies were both founded in 1995 as part of the NBA’s expansion into Canada. The Grizzlies, however, later moved to Memphis and became the Memphis Grizzlies in 2001. Since then, the Raptors have been the only Canadian men’s professional basketball team in the NBA. Their first home was the SkyDome, which was later renamed Rogers Centre. In 1999, the Raptors moved to the Air Canada Centre and have played their home games here ever since.
Struggle and Resurgence
From their inception in 1995 till 1998, the Raptors struggled. The team completed its debut season with a 21-61 record. Interestingly, the Raptors defeated the Chicago Bulls, which ended its season with a 72-10 record. Their second season was better than the first – the team won nine more games and continued defeating stronger teams such as the Bulls, the Miami Heat, the Utah Jazz and the Houston Rockets. However, they were defeated by a weaker Celtics side. Their third season (1997-98) was the worst – they finished with a 16-66 record, including a 17-game losing streak. This was largely due to injuries and inexperienced players.
Their struggle phase would however come to end in 1998 when Vince Carter was drafted.
Carter would play for Toronto till 2004 and during these six years, the team made the playoffs thrice (2000, 2001, 2002). Due to the resurgent Raptors, the fans were also reinvigorated and the team started to set league-attendance records.
The team’s relocation to the Air Canada Centre also played a role in its increasing popularity. The Rogers Centre was not purposefully built for basketball; it better suited baseball and Canadian football.
The Vince Carter Era
Under Carter, the then Raptors set a franchise record of 47 wins and also won their first playoff series in 2001. As a result, they advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals. However, the subsequent two seasons, 2002-03 and 2003-04 were less impressive and Carter was traded to the New Jersey Nets in 2004.
The Chris Bosh Era
For the franchise, the 2006-07 season holds a special significance – the Raptors qualified for the playoffs for the first time in five years ultimately clinching the Atlantic Division title with 47 wins. This was the fruit of hard work put in by Chris Bosh, who stepped into Carter’s shows and Bryan Colangelo, the Raptors president and general manager. Under Colangelo’s leadership, the team’s roster was revamped, and Andrea Bargnani was drafted. This resulted in the glorious 2006-07 season. This season had a roll on effect.
The Raptors once again qualified for the 2007-08 playoffs, but for the next five seasons failed to reach those heights. Colangelo once again overhauled the roster for the 2009-10 season. This was done in part to turn the team’s fortunes and to convince Bosh to stay with the team. However, he signed up with the Miami Heat in 2010. With this, the team once again entered a rebuilding phase.
The Arrival of Masai Ujiri
The rebuilding phase resulted in the departure of Bryan Colangelo and the arrival of Masai Ujiri as the franchise’s general manager in 2013. Bargnani was traded and DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry led the Raptors to the playoffs, winning their second Atlantic Division championship. In doing so, they also broke their earlier record of 47 wins. During the 2013-14 season, the Raptors won 48 games. However, their fans called it rotten luck when the Raptors, for the fourth time, failed to go beyond the first round of the playoffs.
Season by Season
The next season (2014-15) was similar to their last – the team set a new franchise record by winning 49 games, made the playoffs, but failed to advance beyond the first round. During the 2015-16 season, they did bettered their previous record. They won 56 games, setting a new franchise record and finished second in the Eastern Conference. This was a new franchise record too.
The Raptors made the playoffs, but unlike the past few seasons, won their playoff series, the first since 2001. As a result, they advanced to the Eastern Conference finals, another first for the franchise. However, they could not handle the formidable Cleveland Cavaliers and bowed out in the sixth game. The Cleveland Cavaliers were ultimately crowned the NBA champions.
Mascot and Uniform
The Raptors’ mascot is a red velociraptor, a dinosaur, who wears a red colored jersey with number 95, which denotes the year the Raptors were founded.
The team’s uniform was redesigned in 2015. Since the Raptors are the only Canadian men’s professional basketball team in the NBA, therefore, the new uniform was designed to pay tribute to Canada and Toronto. The two national colors, red and white are predominantly reserved for the team’s home games, while red and black are kept for away games; black, red and silver are kept as alternate uniform.
The Toronto Raptors have a history of improving on their previous record by time. Recently, with every passing season, they have gotten closer to the NBA championship. If you’re a Raptors’ fan and looking for Toronto Raptors tickets, then this is the time to buy them.