Ranking the Toronto Raptors' All-Time Starting 5

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Ranking the Toronto Raptors' All-Time Starting 5
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Combing through the echelon of the Toronto Raptors’ all-time greats and choosing the best players not only requires deep statistical research, but it also demands an emotional component as well.

It’s never easy to go through a team’s history of stars and select a handful of players who stand out. In the case of the Raptors, the only factor making the choices slightly easier is the team’s relatively young age.

Whereas teams like the Los Angeles Lakers can trace their stars all the way back to the 1960s, the Raptors played their first-ever NBA game in 1995 (we’re not counting the Toronto Huskies here).

An added bonus of this team's young age is, many of the team’s former stars are still fresh in the minds of the Toronto fanbase, making it easier to remember just how good some of these players were.

When choosing this starting five, many factors, such as longevity, numbers and playoff appearances, were considered; however, the overarching factor was something more grand: the player's total impact on the team's history.

So while these rankings are certainly contestable, rest assured they were created with not only statistics in mind, but also the unforgettable moments in history that Raptors fans won’t soon forget.

 

*All statistics acquired via NBA.com and ESPN.com.

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