Creating the Toronto Raptors' All-Time Starting Lineup

Creating the Raptors' All-Time Starting Lineup

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The Toronto Raptors have endured a slew of bad seasons during their 19-year history in the NBA, but they have also experienced a bit of success with two division titles in 2007 and 2014. Additionally, they've made six trips to the playoffs and look to make it seven for this upcoming season. Let's take a look at what the All-Time starting lineup would be for this relatively young franchise.

Damon Stoudamire - Point Guard

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Damon Stoudamire - Point Guard

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The man known as Mighty Mouse was the first player to truly bring a sense of excitement and attention to NBA basketball in the Great White North. During his brief three-year stint with the Raptors, Stoudamire averaged 19.5 points, 8.7 assists and 1.5 steals per game. He was also the 1996 Rookie of the Year and the shortest player, standing at 5-foot-10, to win the award. Despite his short stay, he is the best PG in Toronto Raptors history.

DeMar DeRozan - Shooting Guard

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DeMar DeRozan - Shooting Guard

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Some may find this premature and argue for Doug Christie to be in this spot. However, DeRozan is quickly soaring the ranks of all-time Raptors which includes his career season last year when he averaged 22.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and four assists per game. Due to his improvements, the Raptors made the playoffs for the first time since 2008. Additionally, he became only the fourth All-Star in franchise history. At age 25, he will only get better.

Vince Carter - Small Forward

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Vince Carter - Small Forward

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They call him Vinsanity and Half Man/Half Amazing. I would also call him the man that officially put Toronto Raptors basketball on the map. Carter is arguably the greatest dunker of all-time, but he was not a one-trick pony as proven by his six All-Star game appearances as a Raptor. While Carter may be criticized by bitter Canadians due to a perceived lack of effort, it's impossible to deny that he had the most positive impact for the franchise.

Chris Bosh - Power Forward

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Chris Bosh - Power Forward

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Before he was a part of the now-disassembled Miami Big-3, Chris Bosh was the face of the Toronto Raptors during the post-Vince Carter era. It was in Toronto that he established himself as one of the premier power forwards in the NBA with an average of 20.3 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks a game. He was also a five-time All-Star and led them to consecutive playoff appearances in 2007 and 2008. He is easily the best PF in Raptors history.

Antonio Davis - Center

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Antonio Davis - Center

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This distinction may one day belong to Jonas Valanciunas. However, until that day comes, it's hard to deny the contributions and impact of Antonio Davis in Toronto. As the starting center during their three-year playoff streak from 2000 to 2002, Davis averaged 12.4 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game. Additionally, along with Vince Carter, Chris Bosh and DeMar DeRozan, he is one of four Toronto players to be named an NBA All-Star.

Roje Smith is a Fantasy Sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @RoKnowsDFS, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.