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Chris Bosh 8 16.67%
Damon Stoudamire 2 4.17%
Vince Carter 30 62.50%
Morris Peterson 2 4.17%
Other 6 12.50%
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Old 09-15-2009, 02:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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There’s a simple answer to the question of the greatest Toronto Raptor of all time. It takes only a few seconds to Google the team and find which player holds it records; that Vince Carter holds most of them should come as a surprise to no one.

But greatness in the box score is only one thing, though, and it doesn’t necessarily mean importance. While Carter may hold most of the records, does that make him the most important member of the Raptors ever?

I didn’t think so and with that in mind, I began a search for who was. And as I looked, I realized that who’s the most important Raptor depends only on what’s considered important.

One would be how long somebody lasts with the team. Morris Peterson lasted a long time with the Raptors. His 542 games with the team is not only a team record, but over a 100 more then the nearest player.

He was a steady part of the Raptors during a dark period, when Vince Carter spent a lot of time on the floor and the team went through a period of transition. Cliché as it sounds, he was a guy who could be counted on to give a solid 30 or so minutes a game and maybe hit a few big shots or two.

Plus, he hit maybe the most insane shot in Raptors history; that’s got to count for something.

Another Raptor that’s had to shoulder a load is Chris Bosh. It’s easy to forget that he had to step in and fill the role left vacant by Carter, quickly becoming the face of a NBA team after only one season.

He quickly rose to prominence. He’s played in every All-Star game since 2006. He’s the only Raptor other then Carter to be named to the All NBA second team. He’s shattered every rebounding record for the Raptors and isn’t far back in the scoring ones either.

But Bosh is more then just that. He’s important because of who he is and how he presents himself. After Carter’s departure left Toronto with a collective bad taste in its mouth, after he left admitting he didn’t always play hard and left with a sarcastic comment about not dunking anymore… the spotlight focused on Bosh. And Bosh has been a welcome respite from Carter’s shenanigans.

He can be spotted around town on occasion. He makes videos for YouTube (he did a fantastic interview on the late CBC Radio show The Inside Track a while ago on that topic). In short, he has a very fan-friendly image. After how Carter burned his bridges here, his goodwill with fans has made him exceptionally important to the team.

Sharing a start with the Toronto Raptors, Damon Stoudamire is also high on the list of important Raptors. Despite only playing three seasons with Toronto, he left a mark: he still holds team records for assists in a game, in a season and in minutes played through a season.

He’s more then just a record holder, though. He won Rookie of the Year in 1996, capping a season where he won several other rookie honors. He was the initial face of the team and the first legitimate star the Raptors ever had. I remember there was a big billboard of him for a time just down the street from the Skydome; I don’t ever remember seeing those for any other Raptor.

The Raptors were fortunate that he much such an immediate impact. He could just have easily been picked by the Vancouver Grizzlies, who instead took Bryant “Big Country” Reeves, a player best remembered for being hurt all the damn time.

Bryant was a sore in the side of the Grizzlies and arguably doomed the team’s tenure in Vancouver; conversely, Stoudemire’s earlier successes in Toronto likely helped foster the initial fan base and kept a struggling expansion team from floundering. Without him, it’s possible the Raptors might not even be in Toronto right now.

But, really, it’s hard to not think that the most hated player in Raptors history is also it’s most important.

For everything he’s done wrong to the Raptors over the years, Carter is still the most important player they’ve ever had. It doesn’t matter that he holds all kinds of records or that he’s played in four All-Star games. Carter’s importance goes beyond that.

He was the first Raptor to really make a splash not just in Canada, but in the States. He was dynamic, he was acrobatic and he dragged the Raptors with him as he flew to ESPN’s highlights of the night.

He was called a once-in-a-generation athlete by Bill Simmons, the kind of player that people drop loyalties to teams to become fans of. He propelled the Raptors to the playoffs. He made people notice the Raptors in a way no other athlete on any of Toronto’s other teams have been able to duplicate.

Hell, he had a commercial – I wouldn’t be surprised if it was the first commercial starring a Raptor to air in the US.

That’s a big part of why he’s so important to the Raptors. Their string of success with him – three straight visits to the postseason and coming a shot shy of making the Eastern Finals one year – is another.

Love him or hate him, it’s hard to argue that anybody else has ever meant more to the Raptors.
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Old 09-15-2009, 02:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Nobody's achieved importance yet, but Bosh has the chance. We need to see a team that wins consistently over a period of years. The writer here somehow forgets how mediocre those VC teams were, and how quickly it became a big mess.
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Old 09-15-2009, 02:26 PM   #4 (permalink)
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how Mo Pete made the cut is hilarious to me.
Mo Pete? seriously?? hahahaha

as of this moment, its gotta be VC.
Our franchise hung in the balance of his health for his tenure as a raptor...
i dont know about you guys, but when VC would flop to the floor in agony (which seemed like every other game), and he would roll on the floor after suffering what would look like a career ending injury (but was in reality a paper cut), my heart would drop to the floor.
i've never been more afraid of losing a player to injury than when he played.
no one else even comes close.
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how Mo Pete made the cut is hilarious to me.
Mo Pete? seriously?? hahahaha

as of this moment, its gotta be VC.
Our franchise hung in the balance of his health for his tenure as a raptor...
i dont know about you guys, but when VC would flop to the floor in agony (which seemed like every other game), and he would roll on the floor after suffering what would look like a career ending injury (but was in reality a paper cut), my heart would drop to the floor.
i've never been more afraid of losing a player to injury than when he played.
no one else even comes close.
I voted Mo. Bite me.
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Old 09-15-2009, 02:41 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I voted Mo. Bite me.
thats because he paid you $100 to give him a lapdance.
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your vote doesnt count.
That lapdance came with a few things I will live with forever.
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Comeon, seriously.....

Vince without a doubt.

Who bought a Raptors jersey or picked up any Raptor games before VC.
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Comeon, seriously.....

Vince without a doubt.

Who bought a Raptors jersey or picked up any Raptor games before VC.
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Ya's rocked the Zan Tabak jerseys did ya?

I guess that Damon and Marcus might have brought a little credability to the organization but nothing campared to VC.

There wasnt even any national american coverage until VC started to turn heads.
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Just to play devil's advocate, how many expansion franchises get national coverage four years into their existence?

Hardly any, espescially when you had the Jordan Bulls in one of those years and a team that won 16 games.

Tracy McGrady COULD'VE been that player had he stuck around with his cousin. But that was doomed. As for who paid attention prior to VC, I sure as hell did. I mean, it was a basketball team, a professional one, down the highway from me. All I had was Raptors gear.

However, having VC gave us a different type of credibility. A credibility which Orlando got when they got Shaq, Miami got when they traded for Alonzo and Minnesota got when KG began to break out.
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I think it's a no-brainer as much as the city of Toronto dislikes the guy, Vince is the most important player in Raptors history. Vince brought the team from obscurity and made it a household name. Sure he had mediocre teams but let's face it, when have had great teams. The most games we have won in a season is something like 45. Twice. Once with Carter and the other with Bosh.

It also more than wins and losses unfortunately. When was the last time you say a Raptors game aired nationally on ABC or NBC? I haven't seen it since Carter. There just isn't any interest in the Raptors like their used to be during the Vinsanity era.
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I gotta go with Benz and say MO PETE
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And i believe that if he pans out, Turkoglu could be #3.
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He doesn't have too. He just knows the truth.
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1. Carter
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And i believe that if he pans out, Turkoglu could be #3.
i'm hoping Bargnani.
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