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TORONTO RAPTORS FRANCHISE FACTS:
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Stadium: Air Canada Centre
Conference: Eastern Conference
Division: Atlantic Division
Mascot: The Raptor
Dancers: Raptors Dance Pak
Notable Players: Marcus Camby, Vince Carter
Toronto Raptors Championship Titles: 0
Toronto Raptors Conference Titles: 0
Toronto Raptors Playoff tickets
Toronto Raptors Season Preview History
TORONTO RAPTORS EXPERIENCE:
Canada may be known for its love of hockey, but basketball has quickly grown in popularity over the past decade with the arrival of the Toronto Raptors. The team, which debuted in 1995, was a part of the National Basketball Association's attempt to expand into Canada, which also saw the establishment of the Vancouver Grizzlies. However, the Grizzlies shortly moved to Memphis, leaving the Raptors to represent Canuck fans alone.
The Raptors faced their fair share of difficulties upon becoming an official NBA team in 1995, which was to be expected of an expansion team. In their first season, the team finished 21-61, making it hard for the local fan base to put faith in Toronto. However, the Raptors did show signs of promise, beating the tough Chicago Bulls in their first season.
It wasn't until 1998 that the Raptors seemed to be on the right path toward becoming a competitive franchise. It was during this year that the squad drafted Vince Carter, who would turn out to be one of the most prolific players in the history of the organization. While playing on the court, Carter won the Rookie of the Year title in 1999.
At the turn of the century, the Raptors finally began to see a positive change of pace. In 2000, 2001 and 2002, the franchise made its first set of postseason appearances, although they did not advance to the Finals. It wasn't until 2007 that the team proved it could be a force in the Eastern Conference, when they won the division championship. Considering that Toronto was up against the likes of the Boston Celtics, New Jersey Nets, New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers, the victory was a surprise to many. Chris Bosh, the team's new dominant player, came through to lead the Raptors into the postseason, although their run was short-lived.
The Raptors solidified their position as a popular squad in the Eastern Conference. Although they are the only remaining team across the border, the Raptors continue to put fans in the stands in Toronto. As the franchise brings in more young, talented players, the Raptors undoubtedly have a bright future ahead of them.
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Once in a lifetime experience My first Raptors game was a amazing first time experience. Being there up close and live cheering on my team with other fans was an experience I'll never forget October 21, 2012