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27 Teams In 27 Days: Meet Raptors 905

By Jake Winderman | September 5, 2018

Team: Raptors 905

First Season: 2015-2016

Affiliate: Toronto Raptors

Location: Mississauga, Ontario

Arena: Paramount Fine Foods Centre/Air Canada Centre

Head Coach: Jama Mahlalela

Mascot: Stripes The Raptor

2017-2018 Finish: 31-19 (2nd in Atlantic), Lost in NBA G League Finals

2017-2018 Accolades: Lorenzo Brown (NBA G League MVP/All-NBA G League First Team)

2018 NBA G League 1st Round Pick(s): 25th

Current Two-Way Players: Jordan Loyd (University of Indianapolis)

Notable Alumni: Pascal Siakam, Lorenzo Brown, Fred VanVleet, Jakob Poeltl, Bruno Caboclo, Delon Wright, Jared Sullinger, Sim Bhullar, Anthony Bennett, Nigel Hayes, John Jordan, C.J. Leslie, Norman Powell, Jarrod Uthoff, Nick Wiggins

Raptors 905 entered the NBA G League during the 2015-2016 season as the 19th member of the league. 905 are the only NBA G League team currently in Canada and were the ninth franchise in the league to be owned by their NBA affiliate, the Toronto Raptors. The team is named after the Greater Toronto Area’s local telephone code, which is 905.

Raptors 905 had immediate success from the get-go, qualifying for the postseason in just their second season. That year, 905 went 39-11, finishing with the second-best record in NBA G League history. The team also went 21-4 on the road, setting a new league record. Led by coach Jerry Stackhouse, Raptors 905 won the 2017 NBA G League title, taking down the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in three games. That season, Edy Tavares won Defensive Player of the Year and was named All-NBA G League First Team, Stackhouse won Coach of the Year, Axel Toupane was named to the All-NBA G League Third Team and Pascal Siakam won the 2017 NBA G League Finals MVP award.

This past season, Raptors 905 went 31-19, finishing 2nd in the Atlantic Division behind the Westchester Knicks. 905 made it to back to the Finals, but fell to the Austin Spurs in back-to-back games. Lorenzo Brown, who was instrumental in getting Raptors 905 back to the finals, was named the 2018  NBA G League MVP, earning All-NBA G League First Team honors as well.

Raptors 905 have had five NBA Call-Ups in their three-year history, including Axel Toupane, Greg Smith and Edy Tavares. Players to have been sent to 905 from Toronto on assignment include Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet, Jakob Poeltl, Bruno Caboclo, Delon Wright and Jared Sulinger. Siakam, VanVleet Caboclo, Wright and Poeltl also all played crucial roles on the Toronto Raptors’ bench during the 2017-2018 season.

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