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Top Ten Toronto Raptors of All-Time

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The 2010/11 NBA season might be upon us, but we’re still living in the past at The Hoops Manifesto.  We’ve gathered together a stellar collection of Bloguin basketball writers to determine the top ten players all-time for each of the 30 NBA franchises.  Next up: the Toronto Raptors. 

Voting panel: Jeff Fox from The Hoops Manifesto, College Wolf from the TWolves Blog, Don from With Malice, Philip from Orlando Magic Daily and Diego from Leaving It All On The Court.

10) T.J. Ford – Toronto Raptors – 2006 – 2008

Raptors accomplishments:

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“Ford was an underrated distributor and one of the team’s better scorers in two years with Toronto. He was very underappreciated and was pushed out by the emergence of Jose Calderon.” – Philip

9) Charles Oakley – Toronto Raptors – 1998 – 2001

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Raptors accomplishments:

- NBA leader in games played in 1998/99

“Oak brought not only toughness to Toronto, but an expectation of professionalism.  “Act like you’ve been here before”.  Oak’s D allowed the team to become better, and if you’re unsure of the impact he had – have a look at what happened to Toronto (and Vince) when he left.” – Don

8) Doug Christie – Toronto Raptors – 1996 – 2000

Raptors accomplishments:

- franchise all-time leader in steals
- NBA leader in games played in 1998/99

“A do-it-all player while in Toronto, Christie provided the team with lock-down defense and solid ball-handling.” – Jeff Fox

7) Andrea Bargnani – Toronto Raptors – 2006 – present

Raptors accomplishments:

- NBA All-Rookie Team

“With yet another Raptor star bolting back to the States this past summer, former number one pick Andrea Bargnani is now “The Man”.  And with the way he has improved year after year, he just my be up to the task.” – Jeff Fox

6) Antonio Davis – Toronto Raptors – 1999 – 2003

Raptors accomplishments:

- one-time NBA All-Star

“Back when the Raptors were respectable, Antonio Davis provided the inside presence to compliment Vince Carter’s outside game.” – Jeff Fox

5) Jose Calderon – Toronto Raptors – 2005 – present

Raptors accomplishments:

- franchise all-time leader in assists
- NBA all-time leader in games played
- NBA leader in free throw %

“The franchise is hoping last year was just an off-year for Calderon, because up to that point he was a solid point guard and emotional leader for the team.” – Jeff Fox

4) Damon Stoudamire – Toronto Raptors – 1995 – 1998

Raptors accomplishments:

- NBA Rookie of the Year
- NBA All-Rookie Team

“The first franchise player for Toronto.  Even tho’ he was only there for three seasons, Stoudamire was an impressive addition – he won Rookie of the Year, and put up some impressive numbers.  19 points, 9.3 assists, four rebounds, and 1.4 steals in his first season there.” – Don

3) Morris Peterson – Toronto Raptors – 2000 – 2007

Raptors accomplishments:

- franchise all-time leader in games & three-pointers (made & attempted)
- NBA leader in games played in 2005/06
- NBA All-Rookie Team

“Sharpshooter Mo Pete spent seven seasons in Toronto – and he added depth and only Chris Bosh and Vince Carter scored more points as a Raptor.” – Don

“Peterson was Carter’s running mate and very underwhelming. Toronto history is pretty bare, but as a sidekick, he did what he could. An above-average three-point shooter, Peterson never delivered on whatever promise he had.” – Philip 

2) Vince Carter – Toronto Raptors – 1998 – 2004

Raptors accomplishments:

- franchise all-time leader in field goals attempted
- five-time NBA All-Star
- two-time All-NBA selection
- NBA Rookie of the Year
- NBA All-Rookie Team

“An amazing physical talent with almost unlimited potential, VC never quite hit the heights he should have.  Except once.” – Don

“Hate him all you want Raptors fans, but Carter defined everything it was to be a Raptor for a long time. He made the Raptors a must-see team because you never knew what Carter was going to do. Sure, he never won in the playoffs or had much team success but that did not matter when you could see Carter dunking over seven-footers at any moment.” – Philip

1) Chris Bosh – Toronto Raptors – 2003 – 2010

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Raptors accomplishments:

- franchise all-time leader in minutes, field goals made, free throws (made & attempted), rebounds (offensive, defensive & total), blocks & points
- five-time NBA All-Star
- one-time All-NBA selection
- NBA All-Rookie Team

“The tallest midget in the circus.” – College Wolf

“The first and only player in Toronto Raptors history to score 10,000 points, Chris Bosh largely flew under the radar in Toronto because of the talent around him. Nonetheless, Bosh is the quintessential power forward of the new era: he’s not going to play with his back to the basket, but he has a perimeter game and can use his athleticism to get points.” – Diego Quezada 

“Before running out to be part of a threesome, Chris Bosh was The Man in Toronto.  Year in, year out.  Bosh worked his behind off to try and make the Raptors into a competitive unit… to no avail.  He should have better luck now that he’s taken his talents to South Beach, but he’ll never be The Man.” – Don

Previous franchises done: Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Golden State, Houston, Indiana, Clippers, Lakers, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Orleans, New York, Oklahoma City/Seattle, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, San Antonio

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