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Toronto Raptors Info:
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Stadium: SkyDome (1995-1999), Air Canada Centre (1999-present)
Notable Players: Vince Carter, Chris Bosh, Andrea Bargnani
Rivals: Chicago Bulls, Boston Celtics, New York Knicks
Division Titles: 1 (2007)
Conference titles: 0
Website: Official Website
Toronto Raptors History:
The Toronto Raptors are a member of the NBA Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division. Since 1995, the Toronto Raptors have remained a part of the NBA's diverse roster of basketball teams, a part of the basketball organization's desire for an expansion into Canada.
The Raptors currently remain the only Canadian team, as the former Vancouver Grizzlies relocated to Memphis, Tennessee in 2001. The Raptors now play their home games at the Air Canada Centre since1999. Every year, fans commute to Toronto or purchase Air Canada tickets to watch the Raptors play. The Raptors struggled in their early years as an expansion team. They were home to a few of the NBA's noted current players, before they eventually traded to other teams to find their current success.
It was 1998 when the Raptors found their first bout of success, after acquiring Vince Carter through a 1998 NBA draft day trade. Carter's integration into the Raptors' team brought them unprecedented league attendance records, eventually landing them a spot into the coveted NBA Playoffs in the consecutive years of 2000, 2001 and 2002. Carter, in fact, helped the Raptors gain their franchise high 47 wins and their first Playoffs win in 2001.
The following 2002-2003 and 2003-2004 seasons saw Carter get traded to the New Jersey Nets after their bout of success stagnated. It was after that period when they saw a new team player take up the reins as leader, a player by the name of Chris Bosh. During those years, the talents of Bryan Colangelo as the Raptors' President and General Manger, in addition to the selection of Andrea Bargnani in the NBA Draft, bought them more success. They eventually qualified for their first playoffs in five years after a much-needed overhaul of the main roster. It was so successful, in fact, that they were able to capture the Atlantic Division title with 47 wins.
The 2007-2008 season got them back to the playoffs, though the following seasons didn't allow them to replicate their success. With Bosh's departure for the Miami Heat in 2010, the Raptors entered into another era of team rebuilding.
The Raptors saw 2012 as another year of rebuilding for the Raptors. Their relatively modest and interesting picks for the next NBA season seem to imply another exiting year of Raptors basketball. Raptors fans anticipating Toronto Raptors tickets for the upcoming season should keep their eyes locked on the upcoming Toronto Raptors season schedule.