Toronto Raptors

Toronto Raptors 2021: News, Schedule, Roster, Score, Injury Report

The Toronto Raptors are the only Canadian based team in the NBA. They are a part of the league’s Atlantic Division in the Eastern Conference. The Raptors won their maiden championship in 2019 to become the first non-American team to clinch the league.

 Moreover, they are the only team to be crowned champions without receiving a lottery pick since the creation of the draft lottery in 1985. 

The franchise is owned by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, a professional sports and commercial real estate company. They own several franchises that have their base in Toronto, making them the largest sports and entertainment company in Canada. 

Toronto now hosts its home games at the Scotiabank Arena, where the atmosphere is always electric when the Raptors take the court. The recently redesigned Toronto Raptors logo contains a silver basketball, which has claw marks of a raptor and the team name surrounding it.

Their mascot is simply known as “The Raptor”.He is a friendly velociraptor who dons basketball shoes, wearing a jersey with the number 95 on it, which signifies the year the franchise was established.  

History

The Raptors came into existence in 1995 when the NBA planned their expansion into Canada. They were formed along with the Vancouver Grizzlies, who have now relocated to Memphis. Thus, Toronto is the only team representing Canada in the association. 

They didn’t enjoy much success in their early years, but saw good players play on their roster. The most notable one is Vince Carter, who dazzled the league with his high-flying dunks and extraordinary talent. Carter was instrumental in guiding the Raptors to their first-ever playoff series victory, but could not carry them further. 

After Vince Carter left, the team struggled to recover, but DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry formed a formidable backcourt pairing to uplift the team. They led the Raptors to win a trio of division titles, to establish themselves as one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference. 

Currently, the team is thriving under Masai Uriji, who serves as the president of the franchise. His quick-fire move of bringing in Kawhi Leonard earned them a championship and the status of being called one of the best in the East. 

Sponsors

The main sponsors of the Raptors are Sun Life Financial, one of the largest life insurance companies in the world. They have earned the privilege to promote their company through the Raptors’ uniforms. Besides Sun Life, Toronto has tie-ups with several other companies, including Leon’s Furniture Ltd and CDW Canada.

The Raptors have bright colors in their primary uniforms. They use red, black, and white, which stand out on any occasion. 

Achievements and History

Founded 1995
Conference Eastern
Division Atlantic
President Masai Ujiri
General Manager Bobby Webster
Head Coach Nick Nurse
Arena Scotiabank Arena
Championships (1) (2019)
Conference Titles (1) (2019)
Division Titles (7)   (2007, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020)
Website www.nba.com/raptors

Toronto Raptors 2021 roster

No. Player Pos Ht Wt Birth Date
3 OG Anunoby SF 6-7 232 July 17, 1997
46 Aron Baynes C 6-10 260 December 9, 1986
95 DeAndre’ Bembry SF 6-5 210 July 4, 1994
25 Chris Boucher C 6-9 200 January 11, 1993
0 Terence Davis SG 6-4 201 May 16, 1997
8 Malachi Flynn PG 6-1 175 May 10, 1998
2 Jalen Harris  (TW) SG 6-5 195 August 14, 1998
5 Stanley Johnson PF 6-6 242 May 29, 1996
7 Kyle Lowry PG 6-0 196 March 25, 1986
Patrick McCaw SF 6-7 181 October 25, 1995
24 Norman Powell SG 6-3 215 May 25, 1993
43 Pascal Siakam PF 6-9 230 April 2, 1994
21 Matt Thomas SG 6-4 190 August 4, 1994
23 Fred VanVleet SG 6-1 197 February 25, 1994
18 Yuta Watanabe  (TW) SF 6-9 215 October 13, 1994
1 Paul Watson SF 6-6 210 December 30, 1994