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About Toronto Raptors

Founded in 1995 as part of the NBA’s expansion into Canada, the Raptors are the only Canadian-based team in the league. They play their home games at the Scotiabank Arena. Like most expansion teams, the Raptors struggled in their early years, but after the acquisition of Vince Carter through a draft day trade in 1998, the team set league-attendance records and made the NBA playoffs in 2000, 2001, and 2002. Carter was instrumental in leading the team to their first playoff series win in 2001, where they advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals. During the 2002–03 and 2003–04 seasons, they failed to make significant progress, and Carter was traded in 2004 to the New Jersey Nets.

After Carter left, Chris Bosh emerged as the team leader. In the 2006–07 season, Bryan Colangelo was appointed as General Manager, and through a combination of Bosh, 2006 first overall draft pick Andrea Bargnani, and a revamp of the roster, the Raptors qualified for their first playoff berth in five years, capturing the Atlantic Division title. In the 2007–08 season, they also advanced to the playoffs, but failed to reach the post-season in each of the next five seasons. Colangelo would overhaul the team’s roster for the 2009–10 season in a bid to persuade pending free agent Bosh to stay, but Bosh would depart to sign with the Miami Heat in July 2010, ushering in yet another era of rebuilding for the Raptors.

Masai Ujiri replaced Colangelo in 2013, and helped usher in a new era of success, led by backcourt duo Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan. The Raptors returned to the playoffs the following year, and became a consistent playoff team in every year of Ujiri’s tenure. The team also won four Division titles, and registered their most successful regular season in 2018. However, the team’s failure to reach beyond the second round of the playoffs prompted Ujiri to fire head coach Dwane Casey shortly after the playoffs concluded and conduct the high-profile trade of DeRozan for Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green later that summer.

On July 18, 2018, DeRozan was traded, along with Jakob Pöltl and a protected 2019 first round draft pick, to the San Antonio Spurs in exchange for Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green. The Raptors got off to a 6–0 start for the 2018–19 season, a franchise record. The first loss of the season came against the then-unbeaten Milwaukee Bucks on October 29. Winning their sixteenth game on November 23, the Raptors broke a franchise record for the best start through 20 games, with a 16–4 record. They reached the 20-win mark quicker than any time in their history when they won their 24th game on December 1.