2006 was the first year for Toronto without superstar Vince Carter, and their record showed his absence was crucial. They finished the year a dismal 27-55 and were it not for the poor play of the New York Knicks, they would have had the worst record in the Atlantic Division. One of the biggest problems is lack of leadership with the absence of Carter. The most senior member of the team is Antonio Davis, but he has never been a leader, and this year proved no different. The Raptors are also the only NBA team left in Canada.
The Raptors weren't great with Carter. Now they don't have him, they are worthless. Raptors upper management has allowed talent to slip away and failed to replace it, that is why the Raptors will continue in a downward spiral until they are one of the worst teams in the NBA. Just my opinion, but I suppose time will tell.
Remember when the Raptors had both Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady? I bet the fans are wondering how they let 2 superstars like that leave the team. Yes the Raptors weren't great with Vince Carter, but they weren't mediocre either.
RAPTORS CLINCH ATLANTIC DIVISION
The Toronto Raptors have clinched their first division title after defeating the Philadelphia 76ers 94-85 at the Wachovia Centre on Friday, coupled with a New Jersey Nets loss the same night.
RAPTORS RALLY PAST PISTONS
Chris Bosh had 18 points and 16 rebounds to lift the Raptors 87-84 over the Eastern Conference rival Detroit Pistons on Friday night in Toronto.
Toronto Raptors hold off Golden State Warriors in Game 6 thriller to win first NBA championship. Toronto keeps Golden State from a three-peat by picking up a third road win at Oracle Arena, winning 114-110. Ref. USAToday.