Toronto Raptors, Canadian expert basketball crew situated in Toronto that plays in the Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Raptors have won one meeting title (2019).
The Raptors joined the NBA in 1995 as an extension group close by the Western Conference's Vancouver Grizzlies. The two development groups were the first NBA establishments situated in Canada. (A previous group, the Toronto Huskies, played in the Basketball Association of America—one of the heralds of the NBA—during the 1946–47 season.) The Raptors completed in last spot in their division in every one of their initial three seasons in the alliance. Toronto gained its first genius, protect forward Vince Carter, in a 1998 draft-day exchange. A five-time All-Star for Toronto, Carter helped the establishment achieve its first playoff billet, during the 1999–2000 season. In 2000–01 the Raptors again qualified for the postseason and progressed to the meeting elimination rounds, a sensational seven-game misfortune to the possible gathering champion, the Philadelphia 76ers. After a triumphant crusade that finished in a first-round postseason end in 2001–02, Toronto went into a four-year stretch of losing seasons, which was set apart by the exchange of the disappointed Carter in 2004.
The Raptors came back to the postseason in 2006–07, with a group highlighting champion focus forward Chris Bosh, however were thumped out in the opening round of the playoffs in both that season and the accompanying, and the establishment along these lines neglected to post winning records. In 2010 Bosh left the group in free organization, delaying the reconstructing procedure.
The 2013–14 season saw the group organize a staggering turnaround as it bounced back from a last-place divisional completion the past season to win the second division title in group history. The Raptors won another division crown in 2014–15, yet the group was cleared out of the postseason in its opening-round arrangement. In 2015–16 Toronto, driven by All-Star watches Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, won 56 recreations and progressed toward the Eastern Conference finals without precedent for group history, where the Raptors were disposed of by the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Raptors earned an establishment record fourth straight playoff appearance in 2016–17 yet were cleared by the Cavaliers in the groups' second-round postseason arrangement. In 2017–18 the Raptors set a group record with 59 triumphs and had the best record in the Eastern Conference without precedent for establishment history. Regardless of Toronto's excellent customary season execution, the group by and by vacillated against the Cavaliers in the playoffs, losing every one of the four rounds of the groups' second-round arrangement.
Scanning for an approach to at long last leap forward in the accompanying off-season, the Raptors exchanged establishment symbol DeRozan to the San Antonio Spurs in an arrangement that brought adaptable wing Kawhi Leonard consequently. The exchange was viewed as hazardous since Leonard had just a single year staying on his agreement and had quarreled with the Spurs for the majority of the earlier year. Be that as it may, Leonard was a perfect expansion to the Raptors both on and off the court, as he cooperated with Lowry consistently and drove Toronto to the principal gathering title in establishment history in 2018–19.