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ullyatts Top 5 Raptors of All Time!

1) Vince Carter - As much as I hated him when he left he really gave the Raptors the exposure they need as a new expansion franchise. His athleticism and talent cannot be denied and was Toronto's first legitimate Superstar. It's a shame how things ended but without VC the raptors may have been the team to go instead of the grizzlies.

2) Chris Bosh - The stats alone put him in the top 2 automatically, he is Toronto's all-time leader in points, rebounds, double doubles and blocks. Maybe the Raps shouldn't have built around an arguably soft player but hindsight is 20/20. He was a gentleman while he was here and at least got TO some picks and money when he left unlike VC.

3) Damon Stoudamire - Played 3 seasons and 200 games for the Raptors and was their first pick as a franchise. Mighty Mouse thrilled fans with his quickness and natural scoring ability. Truly played like a star by holding averages of 19.6 ppg and 8.8 apg. Stoudamire was the first player Raptors fans really rooted for even handed the 72 win Bulls team 1 of their 10 losses.

4) Antonio Davis - My type of player for the Raps, he rebounded, blocked shots, kept people out of the paint, was a physical presence and scored in the post. His heart and hustle is something I loved to watch growing up, plus being a hockey fan I loved watching the expressions on peoples faces that he set a screen on.

5) Charles Oakley -Charles Oakley meant so much more to the Raptors than just sheer numbers. Oakley brought professionalism as well as an attitude to the team. Whenever Vince Carter whined about contact or injuries; Oakley took him aside and told him to stop acting like a baby and to play his ass off.

Honorable Mentions - Alvin Williams, Jose Calderon, Tracy McGrady, Reggie Evan's beard


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You should've had Marcus

You should've had Marcus Camby in the top 5..He had some good years there...

Ed Davis looks like a future star...But he and Bargnani play the same position ..What should the Raptors do,with Davis?

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Going to have to disagree with you on that one. As someone from Toronto and who has followed the Raptors, Marcus played two injury riddled years here well below top 5 material. He played 63 games in each season, and while he lead the NBA in BPG at 3.7 in his second year, he also shot an abysmal .412 from the field. Not to mention the Raptors won a combined 46 games in Camby's two years. I like ullyatt's list, hard to argue with it. Oak only played three years, but he was the heart and soul of the team, and really was key to the Raptors improvement and in their making the play-offs. Morris Peterson definitely could be on the list, as he played many years as a strong contributor to the Raps. If I had to choose a player for the top 5 Raptors between Camby and Oak though, Oak was a much better Raptor, even though he too shot a pretty poor FG % in his time here. His rebounding and rugged defense though were better than what Camby displayed, his intangibles were priceless.

One guy who probably should be in consideration for an honorable mention as well was Doug Christie. He is still Toronto's leader in SPG (by far) and played 4 seasons for the team. But, I do like his list, even though Bargnani is creeping up. My feelings on Bargnani and Davis playing the same position is that they will probably stick with it. They are there two best options there right now, and I do not see them trading Bargnani any time soon. Bargnani is young and you hope he gains a toughness, but the odds are that he and Davis will be taking turns guarding the other teams C. Davis does look like a solid pick though, and I like Bayless as well. My hope would be that the Raptors trade a couple veterans for even more youth to stick to the rebuilding process. Colangelo and Triano likely might not have jobs by than, but it is the best thing the Raptors could do right now, which is stock up on some young talent and hope to either get lucky in the lottery or high up in the draft. The core seems to be DeRozan, Davis and Bargnani, and while they do have some young prospects, pretty much anyone outside of those three are expendable.

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Ya good point he did play

Ya good point he did play well when he was here. His # of games was a little low but he was quite the young talent for them.

I love Davis's game, he always rebounds hard and even when he doesn't score he makes in impact with his defence. I think TO should keep them playing together, when Davis moves into the starting line-up I think they can compliment each other.

Bargs has played the C for the past few years so see how a consistent defensive PF can play beside him since we've never seen that as Raps fans.

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The Raptors were probably

The Raptors were probably back where they were when VC left once Bosh jumped ship but they have two first rounders this year and with Bargnani putting up over 20ppg and DeRozan improving there are some building blocks there. Amir Johnson is also putting up good stats so Ed Davis doesn't have to be rushed along and they also have Ajinca and Alabi to boost the frontcourt. But they could easily get locked into the high pick cycle which the T-Wolves seem to be in. Also FA's probably still don't see Toronto as a top destination but I agree that VC probably did save the franchise from moving on.

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The Raptors were probably

The Raptors were probably back where they were when VC left once Bosh jumped ship but they have two first rounders this year and with Bargnani putting up over 20ppg and DeRozan improving there are some building blocks there. Amir Johnson is also putting up good stats so Ed Davis doesn't have to be rushed along and they also have Ajinca and Alabi to boost the frontcourt. But they could easily get locked into the high pick cycle which the T-Wolves seem to be in. Also FA's probably still don't see Toronto as a top destination but I agree that VC probably did save the franchise from moving on.

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My list.

1: Vince Carter : Without this man Toronto would not have a franchise. What happened to the Vancouver Grizzles would have more than likely happened to the Raptors. Toronto is an extremely rich city, which supports its sports. However, it was VC who really put basketball on the map in Toronto (and Canada) and which ultimately led to the Raptors selling season tickets, luxury suites, memrobilia etc,. That, and for about a two year span (maybe a bit less) during the Raptors early days VC was a legite top 5 guy in the league. He had half a dozen buzzer beats (if not more), 2-3 sportcenter highlight dunks a night, and was dropping 25-30 points night in night out.. Too bad he became a &$#%#&@!!

2/3: Damon Stoudamire/ Chris Bosh: Tough call who to rank ahead of one another. Damon planted the seeds for basketball to become popular in Toronto, which VC flowered. He won rookie of the year, and he played 2-3 seasons of really solid ball for the Raptors. He was a decent- to above decent floor general, and as a youngster I remember him leading us to a few exciting wins.. Too bad he became or already was a pothead. I wonder if the marijuana currently helps him focus while studying game tape as an assistant now lol! Chris Bosh: I am well aware of the fact he is Raptors all time leading scorer/rebounder, etc... However, I just think that is just because he has been the best player on a BAD team for a LONG time. What does that add up too boys and girls? Accumialtion of statistics! With that being said, Bosh was stil a decent player for the Raptors for years, and led us to some unfulfilling playoff trips, but hey at least we made the Playoffs! .... Too bad Bosh is around my age, and I would bump into him more often in the club district partying, than I would see him on tv playing basketball. (Shout outs to the 456 out of the 563 people on my facebook list, who have photos of them partying at clubs with C.Bosh! ...Your not cool though, if everyone else has the same photo as you partying with this bafoon)

4: Antontio Davis: One of the only Raptors to ever be named an allstar. Was a solid double-double guy during the Raptors glory days (BRIEF glory days) helping VC mature along with Charles Oakley. Antonio was a great guy in the Toronto basketball community as well, and just was an overall nice and humble guy from the few brief times I met him at Raptors functions.

5: Sadly, I don't even think there is a 5th player who really stands out in having a significant impact on this young franchise. Hakeem Olajuwon was one of the greatest of all time, just definitely not during his days with the Raptors. Charles Oakley was a great locker room guy, and had a few big shots in Raptor folklore memory. However, I wouldn't call him a top 5 player of all time for any franchise. (I hope Chuck Oak ain't reading this). T-Mac developed here, but he really than just bloomed into a great player for like a season and a half before becoming the league's laughing stock with cousin Vince. Also guys like Dell Curry, Dee Brown, Alvin Harper, and Alvin Williams come to mind...However, all these guys as well I am reluctant to call as guys who are "top 5" in any franchies history. As well all these guys had rather short tenures with the Raptors.

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Hopefully DeRozan or Ed Davis

Hopefully DeRozan or Ed Davis will crack this list soon

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Ya no kidding if DeMar keeps

Ya no kidding if DeMar keeps improving like he did this season I think he will crack this list for sure

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