The 5 Greatest Toronto Raptors to Ever Play in the NBA All-Star Game
Greatest Toronto Raptors to Ever Play in the NBA All-Star Game
DeMar DeRozan became the first Toronto Raptor to be named to the NBA All-Star team since Chris Bosh in 2010. The franchise hasn’t had too many All-Stars since its inception in 1995.
The Raptors have had some decent players since becoming Canada’s first NBA franchise in 49 years. Surprisingly, the franchise has only four players named to All-Star teams. Their most famous All-Star is also arguably the league’s greatest dunker.
Vince Carter won rookie of the year and the NBA’s slam dunk contest the same year, but he’s most synonymously known for topping the All-Star Game ballot list. Carter topped the list four times from 2000 to 2002 and in 2004. He has been named to five All-Star teams during his Raptors stint.
No other Raptor has topped the ballots since Carter, but one has made the team just as many times. Chris Bosh was named to five teams as well from 2006-10. Antonio Davis made the team once in 2001.
The Raptors fared well during All-Star weekend. They’ve had 11 players in the Rookie/Rising Stars Challenge and had two dunk champions in Carter and Terrence Ross. The Raptors even had a three-point shooting champ in Jason Kapono.
DeRozan is sparking the Atlantic Division leading Raptors averaging 22.4 points and 4.6 rebounds. He will be playing as a reserve in this weekend’s game. This announcement will help the Raptors when they host the 2016 All-Star Game.
With the All-Star Game coming to Canada for the first time ever, here are the greatest Raptors in All-Star Game history.
Tracy McGrady didn't make the NBA All-Star Game, but he deserves honorable mention for a fairly new franchise. McGrady was in the 1998 rookie game. He also had some impressive dunks during the same All-Star weekend. He averaged seven points and 4.2 rebounds per game his rookie season.
He didn't become an All-Star until he bolted the Toronto Raptors for the Orlando Magic, but his last season with the Raptors was his best season. He averaged 15.4 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.
McGrady became a highlight reel with the Raptors teaming with relative Vince Carter. He would have made the All-Star Game exciting with all his dunks. Fans would have also seen his famous off the backboard, self alley-oop dunk if he was selected to the game during his first three seasons.
Antonio Davis was an integral member of the 2000-01 Toronto Raptors. His rebounding and the inside presence helped the Raptors make the playoffs that season. He's not the household name like most NBA All-Stars, but he had a career season that year. His double-double earned him a spot on the Eastern Conference Roster.
Davis' 13.7 points, 10.1 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game made him one of the best centers that season. He made the most of his time during the game with eight points and nine rebounds helping the East beat the West 111-110.
DeMar Derozan has yet to play in the NBA All-Star Game, but it will change after Sunday night. He was selected to this season's game. His numbers warrant a spot as a reserve. He's also helping the surprising Toronto Raptors lead the Atlantic Division. Derozan is averaging 22.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.2 steals per game this season. He's been having an amazing February averaging 27.7 points and 5.8 assists per game.
Before joining LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in sunny Miami, Chris Bosh was the main star up north. He was one of the top big men and was a mainstay in the NBA All-Star Game for five years. The 2009-10 season was his best season in Toronto. He averaged 24 points and 10.8 rebounds per game that season.
Bosh also had his best All-Star Game appearance during that season. He was a key member of the East scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds and two steals. Bosh posted big numbers and became one of the East's top frontcourt players.
Vince Carter became one of the NBA All-Star Game's greatest players. The highlight reel was perfect for the All-Star Game. Carter's dunks and explosiveness made the game exciting, particularly in the post-Michael Jordan era. He became one of the league's top vote-getters in history. His best numbers were at the 2001 game where he scored 16 points and dished out four assists. However, his most famous All-Star Game moment came at the dunk contest in his rookie season.