Toronto Raptors

After bringing the NBA championship NORTH to Canada, the Toronto Raptors have reached to a new level of success that has ignited the nation.

Guided by first-year head coach Nick Nurse, last season the Raptors recorded the second most wins in franchise history (58), earning their fifth Atlantic division title in six seasons.

Within a roster featuring a player no higher than a historical 15th overall draft pick, nobody saw a production spike like forward Pascal Siakam; going from 7.3 points per game the previous season to 16.9 as a starter in 2018-19. As a result, the former 27th overall draft pick (2016) received the NBA’s Most Improved Player Award, rapidly becoming one of the bright faces of the future at Scotiabank Arena.

Meanwhile, Kyle Lowry returns once again as Toronto’s gutsy floor general, coming off a season where he averaged a career-high 8.7 assists and his fifth straight All-Star nod. The return of veteran centre Marc Gasol, who was among the team’s compelling acquisitions last season, also maintains the Raptors as one of the deepest and most defensive savvy teams throughout the NBA.

Coming off the first NBA title in franchise history, the storybook momentum the Raptors have now clawed out across Canada’s vast landscape continues to grow. While this season celebrates 25 years of Raptors basketball with thrilling memories cherished from names like Stoudamire, Carter, Bosh, DeRozan and Leonard; the franchise begins a new chapter of unique popularity in 2019-20.