About Toronto Raptors
History of the Toronto Raptors
The Toronto Raptors were founded in 1995, and the franchise has seen its fair share of success in that short time span. With stars such as Vince Carter, Tracy McGrady and Chris Bosh taking the floor in Toronto, their early days were filled with some competitive basketball. Vince Carter eventually left for the New Jersey Nets (now the Brooklyn Nets) and the rise of Chris Bosh was the next step for Toronto. Once Bosh left for Miami after a few playoff runs, the Raptors were searching for answers. Enter Kyle Lowry and DeMar Derozan and since then the Raptors have taken over as one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference.
Most Recent Season
The 2017-18 NBA season was extremely good to the Toronto Raptors. On April 6th, 2018 the Raptors set a new franchise record with 57 wins in a season. They went on to win two more games, finishing the regular season with a record of 59-23. This allowed them to clinch the 1st seed for the first time in franchise history. They also won the Atlantic Division title for the fourth time in five years. In the First Round of the playoffs the Raptors faced the Washington Wizards. The Raptors came out victorious, winning the series in six games. They then went on to face Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs had eliminated the Raptors in the past two playoffs, and unfortunately this season it was no different. Just as the season before, the Raptors were swept in four games by the Cavs. Now the Raptors had lost ten straight playoff games to the Cavaliers. They also became the first top seeded conference team in NBA history to get swept in the Semifinals. For the upcoming season, the Raptors will not be worried about Cleveland in the playoffs because Lebron has since left for the Los Angeles Lakers. The Eastern Conference is ready for the taking!
Due to the Raptors disappointing performance in the postseason, head coach Dwayne Casey was fired on May 11th, 2018. Shortly after, the Raptors promoted assistant coach Nick Nurse as their head coach. This season the Raptors will play their home games at the newly named Scotiabank Arena which was previously called the Air Canada Centre. For the first time since the 2008-2009, DeMar DeRozan will not be playing with the Raptors. He was traded to the San Antonio Spurs for All-Star point guard Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green. Kawhi will be an unbelievable addition to the team. In Kawhi’s career with the Spurs he has won an NBA Championship, won an NBA Finals MVP, was a 2X NBA All-Star, was a 3X NBA All-Defensive First Team, and a 2X NBA Defensive Play of the Year. Raptors fan are ecstatic to see how Kawhi will contribute to the team. The 2018-19 Toronto Raptor’s season will begin on October 17th at home against the Cleveland Cavaliers. On October 19th, the Raptors will take on their division rivals and fellow Eastern Conference leader, the Boston Celtics. Other division rivals the Raptors will face throughout the season include the Philadelphia 76ers, the New York Knicks, and the Brooklyn Nets. Will the Raptors be able to make it to the NBA Finals this year? There’s only one way to find out! Toronto Raptors tickets are selling fast as the Scotiabank Arena is the place to be during the NBA season. TicketNetwork will be the best place to find the Toronto Raptors tickets that you are looking for. We list the seats that will help you enjoy the game to the fullest, while keeping plenty of money in your wallet. Get up off the couch and buy Toronto Raptors tickets while they are still available!