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Raptor GOAT Fan Vote: Second Round Gets Nostalgic

There were no real surprises or upsets in the first round of our Fan Vote GOAT Raptor Tournament, but now it gets real. The second round matchups will have Raps fans feeling nostalgic: Cousins, star players that were traded for each other, backcourt running mates and the two best power forwards in franchise history will all face-off in the second round. Check out the match-up details below.

Voting for this matchup begins Friday, February 5th on our Instagram story.

What If…

The Toronto Raptors selected Tracy McGrady in the 1997 NBA Draft and made a draft night trade for Vince Carter the year after in the 1998 NBA Draft. It wasn’t until after the two became teammates that they realized they were actually distant cousins! Despite joining the Raptors one year after McGrady, Carter quickly took over as the leader of the team. McGrady signed with the Orlando Magic as a free agent in 2000 seeking a primary leadership role. McGrady won the NBA Most Improved Player Award during the 2000-2001 season and quickly emerged as one of the top players in the league. Since then, both McGrady and Carter have fantasized about what could have been if they stuck it out and developed into a superstar duo… Guess we will never know.

Vince Carter
“Half Man Half Amazing”
“Vinsanity”
“Air Canada”
Tracy McGrady
“T-Mac”
-All-Star Selections as a Raptor: 5
-4th All-Time in Franchise Points
-Rookie of the Year (1999)
-Slam Dunk Champion (2000)
-All-NBA Second Team (2000-2001)
-Best Single-Season Stats (2000-2001):
27.6 Points, 5.5 Rebounds, 3.9 Assists, 1.5 Steals, 1.1 Blocks
-Best Single Season Stats (1999-2000):
15.4 Points, 6.3 Rebounds, 3.3 Assists, 1.1 Steals, 1.9 Blocks
100% of the Raptors Insider Writers voted for Vince Carter

Voting for this matchup begins Saturday, February 6th on our Instagram story.

Battle of the Power Forwards

They play the same position but these two players are very different. Chris Bosh was a lottery pick in the 2003 NBA Draft (4th overall) and Pascal Siakam was a late first-round pick in the 2016 NBA Draft (27th overall). After Carter’s messy departure, Bosh quickly became the leader of the team, pushing the Raptors to playoff appearances in 2007 and 2008. Siakam’s game took time to develop and in 2019 he won the Most Improved Player Award while also being a key part of the franchise’s championship run. Without a doubt, these are the two best power forwards in franchise history.

Chris Bosh
“CB4”
Pascal Siakam
“Spicy P
-All-Star Selections as a Raptor: 5
-Franchise All-Time Leader: Rebounds and Blocks
-2nd All-Time in Franchise Points
-All-NBA Second Team (2006-2007)
-Best Single Season Stats (2009-2010):
24.0 Points, 10.8 Rebounds, 2.4 Assists, 1.0 Blocks
-NBA Champion (2019)
-NBA All-Star (2020)
-All-NBA Second Team (2020)
-NBA Most Improved Player (2019)
-Best Single Season Stats (2019-2020):
22.9 Points, 7.3 Rebounds, 3.5 Assists, 1.0 Steals, 0.9 Blocks
62.5% of the Raptors Insider Writers voted for Chris Bosh

Voting for this matchup begins Sunday, February 7th on our Instagram story.

Backcourt Brothers

The big brother relationship Kyle Lowry has with Fred VanVleet is truly special. Both of these guys have become the heart and soul of the Toronto Raptors franchise through their tireless work ethic and it’s been a joy to watch them push each other and the team to new heights. Lowry is heavily favoured to win this matchup, but just maybe the recency bias will kick in after VanVleet set a franchise record with 54 points against the Orlando Magic the other night.

Kyle Lowry
“KLOE”
“The Bulldog”
“North Philly’s Finest”
Fred VanVleet
“Steady Freddy”
-NBA Champion (2019)
-All-Star Selections as a Raptor: 6
-Franchise All-Time Leader:
3-Pt Field Goals, Assists, Steals, Triple doubles
-2nd All-Time in Franchise Points and Games Played
-Best Single Season Stats (2016-2017):
22.4 Points, 4.8 Rebounds, 7.0 Assists, 1.5 Steals
-NBA champion (2019)
-Franchise Record 54 points in a Single Game
-Most Points Ever Scored in a Single Game by an Undrafted Player
-Best Single Season Stats (2019-2020):
17.6 Points, 3.8 Rebounds, 6.6 Assists, 1.9 Steals
100% of the Raptors Insider Writers voted for Kyle Lowry

Voting for this matchup begins Monday, February 8th on our Instagram story.

The Trade That Changed Everything

Every Raptors fan knows where they were the day Raptors President Masai Ujiri pulled the trigger on a blockbuster trade that sent DeMar DeRozan to San Antonio and brought Kawhi Leonard to Toronto. The rest is history from there: Leonard left for home in free agency to join the Clippers in Los Angeles, but at least we got a ring to show for it. The question is, is what Leonard accomplished in one year worth as much as what DeRozan did in nine years with the Raptors?

DeMar DeRozan
“Deebo”
“COMP10”
Kawhi Leonard
“Fun Guy”
“The Klaw”
-All-Star Selections as a Raptor: 4
-Franchise All-Time Leader: Points, Games Played
-3rd All-Time in Franchise Assists and Steals
-All-NBA Second Team (2018)
-Best Single Season Stats (2016-2017):
27.3 Points, 5.2 Rebounds, 3.9 Assists, 1.1 Steals
-NBA Finals MVP (2019)
-NBA Champion (2019)
-NBA All-Star Selection (2019)
-All NBA Second Team (2019)
-Best Single Season Stats (2018-2019):
26.6 Points, 7.3 Rebounds, 3.3 Assists, 1.8 Steals
The Raptors Insider Writers were split 50-50 between DeMar DeRozan and Kawhi Leonard.
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