Thursday December 31 2009 – 6:36pm Eastern – Toronto, ON
As the Raptors were preparing for this “15th Anniversary” season, I compiled a list of the all-time Raptor greats and put together the “All-Time Team”.
But given that the calendar flips to 2010 tomorrow and a decade will have already passed us by, I figured I’d give you my take on Toronto’s all-decade team.
So … from 2000-2009 … here’s who would make my roster:
PG – Alvin Williams
SG – Vince Carter
SF – Morris Peterson
PF – Chris Bosh
C – Antonio Davis
* Mo Pete and VC could be interchangeable at the 2-3
- Jose Calderon
- Charles Oakley
- Andrea Bargnani
- Jerome Williams
- Anthony Parker
- Donyell Marhsall
- TJ Ford
- Jorge Garbajosa
- Matt Bonner
- Jalen Rose
I kept guys like Shawn Marion, Jermaine O’Neal and Hakeem Olajuwon off the team ’cause they didn’t really log enough games in a Raptor uniform to warrant legit consideration. Kevin Willis was on the bubble … but the true bulk of his time in Toronto was in 1998 and 1999 … so I didn’t think he was part of the 2000′s “decade” team.
I’m sure the “Comments” section below will rage with debate over certain selections and/or omissions.
But before you launch away … how ’bout we take a look atthe last 12 months in Raptorland (a very disappointing year to say the least):
January 2009 -The new year starts with 4 wins in 5 games but Toronto quickly falls back down to earth again – and the frustrating season continues – with a mid-month 7-game losing streak
February 2009- Toronto sends Jermaine O’Neal and Jamario Moon to the Miami Heat in exchange for Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks
March 2009- The team kicks off the month on a nasty 6-game losing streak and Pops Mensah-Bonsu joins the Raps as a late-season free agent.
April 2009 – A disappointing 2008-2009 season ends with no post-season berth and only 33 wins
May 2009- Jay Triano signs a 3-year contract as head coach of the Raptors
June 2009- Toronto selects DeMar DeRozan out of USC with the 9th pick in the NBA draft
July 2009- Bryan Colangelo acquires Hedo Turkoglu, Antoine Wright, and Marco Belinelli … and signs free agents Jarrett Jack and Rasho Nesterovic
August 2009- The Raptors get Amir Johnson and Sonny Weems from Milwaukee for Roko Ukic and Carlos Delfino
September 2009- The new renovations are done at the ACC and the Raptors host their annual Media Day in the new Atrium
October 2009- Training Camp opens up in Ottawa with both Chris Bosh and Hedo Turkoglu sidelined
November 2009 – The Raps sputter to a 6-10 record for the month … getting whacked a number of times … while turning in some of the worst defensive performances in franchise history
December 2009 – Toronto goes 9-6 and finishes the month/year with a 5-game winning streak
Happy New Year folks.
See ya in 2010.