Toronto Raptors

Raptors Present And Future Built Strong

The Toronto Raptors enter the 2022-23 NBA season ready to push their way back to the top of the Eastern Conference, with a strong roster built to last.

Forward Scottie Barnes quickly became the face of the team’s future last season. The 4th overall draft pick (2021) started all 74 games he played, averaging 15.3 points and 7.5 rebounds, on the way to earning the NBA’s Rookie of the Year Award.

Receiving an All-NBA honour for the second time in his career, Pascal Siakam averaged 22.8 points per game, ranking 15th in the category throughout the league. In addition to scoring, the forward also set new career highs; registering 8.5 rebounds, 5.3 assists, and 1.3 steals a game.

Meanwhile, Fred VanVleet put up career numbers to earn his first trip to the NBA All-Star Game. The backcourt catalyst produced 20.3 points, 6.7 assists and 4.4 rebounds, logging nearly 38 minutes a game.

The Raptors finished 5th in the Eastern Conference in 2021-22, following a strong push in the second half. Now head coach Nick Nurse is ready to keep building the plan for the future with a roster capable of competing with anyone at both ends of the floor. The Raptors will be hungry to claw their way back into the NBA Playoffs for the ninth time in 10 years, and the future always looks bright under the leadership of team president Masai Ujiri.