The Toronto Raptors was established in 1995. Is a professional basketball team based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. They play in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA) at the Air Canada Centre.
This team was established in 1995, along with the Vancouver Grizzlies, as part of the NBA's expansion in to Canada. When the Grizzlies relocated to Memphis, Tennessee, to become the Memphis Grizzlies in 2001, the Raptors became the only Canadian team in the NBA. They originally played their home games at the SkyDome, before moving to the Air Canada Centre in 1999.
Like most expansion teams, the Raptors struggled in their early years, but after the acquisition of Vince Carter through a draft day trade in 1998, the team set league attendance records and made the NBA Playoffs in 2000, 2001, and 2002. Carter was instrumental in leading the team to a franchise high 47 wins and their first playoff series win in 2001, where they advanced to the Eastern Conference Semifinals. During the 2002–03 and 2003–04 seasons, they failed to make significant progress and he was traded in 2004 to the New Jersey Nets. After Carter left, Chris Bosh emerged as the team leader, but they continued to struggle. In Bryan Colangelo's first year as President and General Manager, the first overall NBA draft selection of Andrea Bargnani and a revamp of the roster, helped the Raptors qualify for their first playoff berth in five years and capture the 2007 Atlantic Division title with 47 wins. In the 2007–08 season, they advanced to the playoffs again but failed to make the next four playoffs. In a bid to persuade Bosh to stay, Colangelo overhauled the team roster for the 2009–10 season, but Bosh signed with the Miami Heat in July 2010, ushering in yet another era of rebuilding for the Raptors.
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