Though the franchise has only been around for 23 seasons, the Toronto Raptors’ 2017-18 regular season was the best in team history.
The All-Star duo of DeMar Derozan and Kyle Lowry led Toronto to win a franchise-best 59 games compiling an Eastern Conference-best 59-23 record. Their deep lineup with help from their lethal “Bench Mob,” allowed the team to score the ball on all cylinders—their 111.9 points per game ranked third in the NBA. As Vince Carter did in his time with Toronto, Derozan took over the role of facilitator and team leader averaging 23.0 points, 5.2 assists, and 3.9 rebounds per game.
Calling the Toronto Raptors an Eastern Conference powerhouse and contenders is fitting. Head coach Dwane Casey, a Coach of the Year candidate, helped his team win eight more games in 2017-18 than the year prior. Casey can also be credited with developing Fred Van Fleet and OG Anunoby into key players off the bench.
Hall of Famer and NBA on TNT analyst Charles Barkley, who has been high on Toronto all season, said he thinks Toronto with reach the NBA Finals.
Chuck: "I'm big up in Canada."
Ernie: "You're big everywhere."
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) April 18, 2018
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