Toronto Raptors

Raptors Capture The Imagination Of A Country

Coming off a historical run to the NBA Eastern Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history, the Toronto Raptors are ready to roar once again in 2016-17.

Led by NBA All-Stars DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry, the Raptors posted a franchise-best 56-win season, finishing second in the Conference and gobbling up a third consecutive Atlantic Division title.

While the team on the floor set a slew of records, the fans across the country turned heads around the NBA by filling the stands at Air Canada Centre and packing into the boisterous Jurassic Park outside.

Even visiting star LeBron James voiced his sentiment, noticing just how unique the Raptors fan-base has become.

“First of all, do you hear this?” James asked sideline reporter Doris Burke at the end of the Eastern Conference Finals. “Unbelievable respect and much respect to these fans, to this country – this is unbelievable. I’ve never been a part of something like this in my 13-year career. This is special and I really appreciate what this team did.”

As a result of the team’s on-going success, Dwane Casey is now the franchise coaching leader with 210 victories to his resume, as the team continues to improve in the win column every year under his direction. Meanwhile, president and GM Masai Ujiri has managed to accumulate four first round draft picks over a two-year span, boding well for the future of a team that continues to capture the imagination of a country.