The Toronto Raptors, an NBA championship-winning team just two years ago and one of the league’s top teams the year before, now hold the 14th seed in the Eastern Conference and a 3-8 win-loss record.
But with the league already filled with established stars, there are some who are still overlooked by many. These five names I will enumerate are overshadowed by their higher-tier superstar teammates, but their production is already on par with the more popular players in the league.
After bringing home the NBA championship to the city of Toronto for the first time in 2019, the Raptors are no longer a so-called "pretender" among the elite teams in the league. The golden hands of Masai Ujiri, their president of basketball operations, have been the driving force of their sustainable success since 2013.
The Raptors failed to clinch the NBA title in Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals. Toronto and Golden State now head to Oakland for game 6. Toronto leads the series 3-2. A win for the Raptors secures a first title in their 25-year history. A Warriors win keeps the series alive and forces a Game 7 in Toronto.
On 13th May 2019, a late and improbable shot was equally as successful. Kawhi Leonard hit the only walk off buzzer beating shot, in Game Seven. The Luke Skywalker of Toronto sent the Raptors into the conference finals, with an individual moment of brilliance. But what happens if Leonard’s shot misses?
On 12th May 2019, Kawhi Leonard hit one of the greatest shots in NBA history.
The Toronto Raptors were in the realm of being written off after Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green departed for pastures new in Los Angeles. Despite being reigning NBA champions, and retaining exciting young talents along with seasoned veterans, the Raps were considered a lower-echelon Eastern Conference team.
The NBA’s biggest stars will take their talents to Chicago for the 69th NBA All-Star game. It is looking like LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo will captain the two teams just like last year, but who will make the All-Star draft?
The NBA's Christmas Day schedule is a great tradition. For over a decade, the league have been showing five consecutive games on 25th December, and 2019 is no different.
The Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics have been fixtures at the top of the Eastern Conference over the last couple of seasons. Boston were supposedly in the ascendancy 12 months ago. Toronto have evolved from the Kyle Lowry-DeMar DeRozan duo to an NBA champion.
The Raptors had been pursuing Leonard since he led them to the title. So where does Kawhi's decision to sign with the Clippers leave the Raptors now?
Toronto Raptors won their first NBA championship in Oakland on Thursday night, defeating the Golden State Warriors in Game Six of the NBA Finals.
Golden State Warriors lost the NBA Finals to the Toronto Raptors on Thursday. With Kevin Durant sidelined, Klay Thompson suffered a knee injury in the third quarter that was later revealed to be a torn ACL and will rule him out for most of the 2019/20 campaign.
Toronto Raptors won their first NBA title on Thursday night, winning Game Six in Oracle Arena to defeat the Golden State Warriors 4-2 in a dramatic, often extraordinary, series.
Kevin Durant practised with the Golden State Warriors for the first time since his injury at the weekend. Durant’s availability, or lack of, has been the story of the 2019 NBA Finals as the Toronto Raptors have taken a commanding 3-1 lead against the Warriors.