Damon Stoudamire (1995 - 1998)
Stoudamire overcame getting booed at the 1995 draft to win the Rookie of the Year award and become the first face of the franchise. Mighty Mouse rarely gets the credit he deserves for at least making the Raptors
somewhat respectable - go back and look at some of his teammates in those early days, it was ugly. In a way, playing for Toronto may have hurt him because throughout the rest of his career he had a difficult time adjusting to no longer being the Man.
(1998 - 2004)
Love him, or hate him (okay, most probably hate him), you cannot deny that in his prime, Vince Carter
was the most electrifying player in Raptor history. Carter
gave legitimacy, on and off the floor, to a franchise that had struggled to find any since its inception. While he left on bad terms, Carter
elevated the visibility and credibility of the team throughout the league. The most success in the franchise's history occurred during Carter's tenure. Carter
continues to be the franchise leader in points scored.
Tracy McGrady (1997 - 2000)
T-Mac had a difficult start to his career. Head coach Darryl Walker had little time for the teenager, famously saying that McGrady didn't know how to be a professional (how could he, he was only 18!). It wasn't until his final year in Toronto did McGrady blossom - earning a trip to the 2000 All-Star game. By the end of the year, the combination of Carter
and McGrady would prove impressive. But by then McGrady had one foot out the door, leaving Raptor fans to wonder "What If?"
(2003 - present)
Bosh entered the league during a tumultuous time for the franchise, Carter
had missed significant chunks of time due to injury and was well on his way to asking for a trade. Nevertheless, the former Georgia Tech star continued to get better and develop into one of the best forwards in the league. They no longer talk about the big three from the 2003 draft (LeBron, Wade, Anthony); it's now the big FOUR. Bosh
has already become the leading rebounder in franchise history and has shown the drive and the leadership abilities that separates good players from great.
: Antonio Davis (1999 - 2003, 2006)
With names such as Jerome Moiso, Zan Tabak and Rafael Araujo, the centre position hasn't exactly been a source of strength for the Raps over the years. Nevertheless, despite being undersized, Davis became an immediate lost-post presence for the Raps. He thrived at the centre position both on the offensive and the defensive ends. He was rewarded in 2001 with a spot on the All-Star team.
(1998 - 2001): The toughest player the Raps have ever employed, Oak was the conscience of some good Raptor teams - Carter
never quite played the same once Oak was gone.
(1996 - 2000): The all-time franchise leader in steals, Christie was one of the best perimeter defenders the Raps have ever had.
(2003 - 2006): A streaky shooter, Rose could fill it up fast. He and Carter
were a potent duo, but neither could stay healthy long enough to capitalize.
(1997 - 2006): The all-time team leader in assists, Williams hit the shot to seal the lone playoff victory over the New York Knicks.
(2000 - 2007): The all-time leader in games played, MoPete was an excellent shooter, defender and a class act his entire career.
(2001 - 2003): Someone needs to wave the towels. Seriously, though, Williams was one of this franchise's most tenacious rebounders.
(2004 - 2006): A fan favourite, Bonner could hit the three and always left it all out on the court.