21 Facts About Toronto Raptors

1. The Toronto Raptors have officially hit their first rough patch of the season.

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2. The Toronto Raptors lost their second game in a row on Thursday in shocking fashion.

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3. New York Knicks and the Toronto Raptors had a playoff rivalry in 2000 and 2001.

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4. The Toronto Raptors won the division final but then faced the Nets in the opening round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs.

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5. In April 2014, the Toronto Raptors unveiled a new imaging campaign developed by the agency Sid Lee, "We The North", built around a manifesto that was meant to embrace the team's trait of being an "outsider" from the "north side", and the accompanying feelings of players and fans.

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6. The Toronto Raptors set NBA attendance records in their 2000, 2001, and 2002 seasons when they made the playoffs.

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7. The Toronto Raptors advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals only once.

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8. The Toronto Raptors unveiled new jerseys in 1999−2000, launching a unique road jersey that had a purple front and a black back.

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9. On December 19, 2014, the Toronto Raptors unveiled a new primary logo, which the team described as "a circular shield with a ball torn by the unmistakable attack of a Raptor".

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10. The Toronto Raptors finished the regular season with a franchise-record 59 wins, which was the second best overall in the league behind only the Houston Rockets.

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11. The Toronto Raptors hosted the 2016 NBA All-Star Game on February 14, 2016 and its associated weekend for the first time in its history.

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12. On June 25, 2015, the Toronto Raptors selected Delon Wright with their first-round pick in the 2015 NBA draft, along with Norman Powell in the second round.

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13. The Toronto Raptors faced the Nets in the first round of the playoffs for the first time since 2007, when the Nets were located in New Jersey.

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14. The Toronto Raptors used their number five pick to select Jonas Valanciunas, a centre from Lithuania in the 2011 NBA draft.

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15. The Toronto Raptors would respond with a strong Game 3 victory keyed by great point guard play from Ford and Jose Calderon.

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16. The Toronto Raptors lost ten in a row after Bosh's injury and finished the season with the fifth worst record in the NBA.

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17. The Toronto Raptors started their training camp by trading Alston to the Houston Rockets for Mike James and signing free agent Jose Calderon as a backup for James.

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18. Furthermore, the Toronto Raptors recorded the dubious honour of being the only team in NBA history not to dress 12 players for a single game in a season.

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19. When the trading deadline was over, the Toronto Raptors became the youngest team in the league with an average age of 24.6 years.

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20. The final selection—Toronto Raptors—was unveiled on Canadian national television on May 15, 1994: the choice was influenced by the popularity of the 1993 film adaption of the 1990 science fiction novel Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton.

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21. The Toronto Raptors marked a return of professional basketball to the city after a 48-year absence.

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