2018–19 Toronto Raptors season

The 2018–19 Toronto Raptors season is the 24th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA). On May 11, 2018, the Raptors fired Dwane Casey after the team was swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second consecutive time in the postseason.[1] On June 14, 2018, the Raptors promoted assistant coach Nick Nurse as their head coach.[2] The Raptors played their home games at newly renamed Scotiabank Arena.[3] For the first time since 2008–09, DeMar DeRozan (who spent his first nine seasons in the NBA with the Raptors) will not play with the Raptors as he was traded, along with Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-round draft pick, to the San Antonio Spurs for Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green. Later, on February 7, 2019, during the trade deadline, the Memphis Grizzlies traded Marc Gasol to the Raptors for Jonas Valančiūnas, Delon Wright and C. J. Miles. The Raptors later signed Jeremy Lin. They finished the regular season with a 58–24 record, one less win than their franchise best last season, second best in the league for the second consecutive season, and second seed in the Eastern Conference.

In the playoffs, the Raptors will face the Orlando Magic in the First Round.

2018–19 Toronto Raptors season
Division champions
Head coachNick Nurse
General managerBobby Webster
Owner(s)Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment
ArenaScotiabank Arena
Results
Record58–24 (.707)
PlaceDivision: 1st (Atlantic)
Conference: 2nd (Eastern)
Playoff finishTBA
(First Round vs. Magic)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionTSN, Sportsnet

Draft

The Raptors did not have a pick in the 2018 NBA draft. They had previously traded their selections to the Brooklyn Nets, who ended up drafting Džanan Musa, and to the Phoenix Suns, who ended up drafting George King.

Roster

Toronto Raptors roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
F 3 Anunoby, OG Injured 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 232 lb (105 kg) 1997–07–17 Indiana
F 25 Boucher, Chris 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1993–01–11 Oregon
C 33 Gasol, Marc 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 255 lb (116 kg) 1985–01–29 Spain
G/F 14 Green, Danny 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1987–06–22 North Carolina
F/C 9 Ibaka, Serge 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1989–09–18 Republic of the Congo
F 2 Leonard, Kawhi 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1991–06–29 San Diego State
G 17 Lin, Jeremy 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1988–08–23 Harvard
G 7 Lowry, Kyle 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 196 lb (89 kg) 1986–03–25 Villanova
G 8 Loyd, Jordan (TW) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1993–07–27 Indianapolis
G 1 McCaw, Patrick Injured 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1995–10–25 UNLV
SG 20 Meeks, Jodie 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1987–08–21 Kentucky
F 13 Miller, Malcolm 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1993–03–06 Holy Cross
F/C 15 Moreland, Eric 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 238 lb (108 kg) 1991–12–24 Oregon State
G/F 24 Powell, Norman 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1993–05–25 UCLA
F 43 Siakam, Pascal 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1994–04–02 New Mexico State
G 23 VanVleet, Fred 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1994–02–25 Wichita State
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • (GL) On assignment to G League affiliate
  • (TW) Two-way affiliate player
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Last transaction: 2019–04–12

Standings

Division

Atlantic Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
y – Toronto Raptors 58 24 .707 0.0 32–9 26–15 12–4 82
xPhiladelphia 76ers 51 31 .622 7.0 31–10 20–21 8–8 82
xBoston Celtics 49 33 .598 9.0 28–13 21–20 10–6 82
xBrooklyn Nets 42 40 .512 16.0 23–18 19–22 8–8 82
New York Knicks 17 65 .207 41.0 9–32 8–33 2–14 82

Conference

Eastern Conference
# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 zMilwaukee Bucks * 60 22 .732 82
2 y – Toronto Raptors * 58 24 .707 2.0 82
3 xPhiladelphia 76ers 51 31 .622 9.0 82
4 xBoston Celtics 49 33 .598 11.0 82
5 xIndiana Pacers 48 34 .585 12.0 82
6 xBrooklyn Nets 42 40 .512 18.0 82
7 yOrlando Magic * 42 40 .512 18.0 82
8 xDetroit Pistons 41 41 .500 19.0 82
9 Charlotte Hornets 39 43 .476 21.0 82
10 Miami Heat 39 43 .476 21.0 82
11 Washington Wizards 32 50 .390 28.0 82
12 Atlanta Hawks 29 53 .354 31.0 82
13 Chicago Bulls 22 60 .268 38.0 82
14 Cleveland Cavaliers 19 63 .232 41.0 82
15 New York Knicks 17 65 .207 43.0 82

Record vs opponents

Eastern Conference Western Conference
Atlantic Division Northwest Division
Team Home Away Team Home Away
Boston 113–101 118–95 116–123* 108–117 Denver 103–106 86–95
Brooklyn 122–105 127–125 105–106* 115–105 Minnesota 112–105 120–100
New York 128–112 128–92 104–99 117–92 Oklahoma City 109–116 123–114*
Philadelphia 129–112 113–102 101–126 119–107 Portland 119–117 122–128
Utah 122–116 124–111
8–0 4–4 3–2 3–2
Division 12–4 Division 6–4
Central Division Pacific Division
Team Home Away Team Home Away
Chicago 95–89 112–103 122–83 124–101 Golden State 131–128* 113–93
Cleveland 116–104 126–110 106–95 101–126 L.A. Clippers 121–103 123–99
Detroit 104–106 107–112* 107–110 L.A. Lakers 111–98 121–107
Indiana 99–96 121–105 106–110 Phoenix 111–109 107–98
Milwaukee 99–104 92–105 109–124 123–116 Sacramento 120–105 114–105
6–3 4–5 5–0 5–0
Division 10–8 Division 10–0
Southeast Division Southwest Division
Team Home Away Team Home Away
Atlanta 104–101 124–108 119–101 Dallas 116–107 123–120
Charlotte 127–106 113–114 111–113 Houston 95–107 119–121
Miami 125–115 117–109* 106–104 125–104 Memphis 119–90 122–114
Orlando 98–113 121–109 93–91 87–116 New Orleans 110–126 127–104
Washington 125–107 129–120 117–113 140–138** San Antonio 120–117 107–125
7–2 7–2 3–2 3–2
Division 14–4 Division 6–4
Conference 36–16 (Home: 21–5; Away: 15–11) Conference 22–8 (Home: 11–4; Away: 11–4)
Overall 58–24 (Home: 32–9; Away: 26–15)

(* game decided in overtime)

Game log

Preseason

2018 pre-season game log
Total: 4–1 (Home: 3–0; Road: 1–1)
2018–19 season schedule

Regular season

2018–19 game log
Total: 58–24 (Home: 32–9; Road: 26–15)
2018–19 season schedule

Playoffs

2019 playoff game log
Total: 2–1 (Home: 1–1; Road: 1–0)
2019 playoff schedule

Transactions

Trades

July 18, 2018[4] To Toronto Raptors
Kawhi Leonard
Danny Green
To San Antonio Spurs
DeMar DeRozan
Jakob Pöltl
2019 protected Toronto first-round pick
February 6, 2019[5] To Toronto Raptors
Cash considerations
To Philadelphia 76ers
Malachi Richardson
Draft rights to Emir Preldžić
2022 second-round pick
February 7, 2019[6] To Toronto Raptors
Marc Gasol
To Memphis Grizzlies
Jonas Valančiūnas
Delon Wright
CJ Miles
2024 second-round draft pick

Free agency

Re-signed

Player Signed Contract
Fred VanVleet[7] July 6, 2018 2-yr/$18.1M
Lorenzo Brown[8] July 20, 2018 1-yr/$1.62M

Additions

Player Signed Contract Former team
Chris Boucher[8] July 20, 2018 Two-way contract Golden State Warriors
Jordan Loyd[9] August 7, 2018 Two-way contract Turkey Darüşşafaka
Greg Monroe[10] August 10, 2018 1-yr/$2.2M Boston Celtics
Jeremy Lin[11] February 13, 2019 not disclosed Atlanta Hawks

Subtractions

Player Reason New Team
Alfonzo McKinnie[12] Waived Golden State Warriors
Lucas Nogueira Unrestricted Free Agent Baloncesto Fuenlabrada
Kay Felder[13] Waived Raptors 905
Deng Adel[13] Waived Raptors 905
Kyle Collinsworth[13] Waived Raptors 905
Eric Moreland[13] Waived Phoenix Suns
Malcolm Miller Waived Raptors 905

References

  1. ^ "Dwane Casey Relieved Of Head Coaching Duties". NBA.com. May 11, 2018. Retrieved May 11, 2018.
  2. ^ "Raptors Name Nick Nurse Head Coach". NBA.com. June 14, 2018. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
  3. ^ Murphy, Blake (July 1, 2018). "Air Canada Centre officially becomes Scotiabank Arena". Raptors Republic. Retrieved July 3, 2018.
  4. ^ "Toronto Raptors Acquire Kawhi Leonard". NBA.com. July 18, 2018. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  5. ^ "Raptors Acquire Cash Considerations from Philadelphia". NBA.com. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
  6. ^ "Raptors get Gasol from Grizzlies". tsn.ca. February 7, 2019. Retrieved February 8, 2019.
  7. ^ "Raptors Re-Sign Fred VanVleet". NBA.com. July 6, 2018. Retrieved July 6, 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Raptors Sign Brown and Boucher". NBA.com. July 20, 2018. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  9. ^ "Raptors Sign Loyd To Two-Way Contract". NBA.com. August 7, 2018. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
  10. ^ "Raptors Sign Greg Monroe". NBA.com. August 10, 2018. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  11. ^ "Raptors Sign Jeremy Lin". NBA.com. February 13, 2019. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  12. ^ "The @Raptors have waived forward Alfonzo McKinnie". Raptors MR on Twitter. July 17, 2018. Retrieved July 17, 2018.
  13. ^ a b c d "Raptors Waive Four". NBA.com. October 12, 2018. Retrieved October 12, 2018.
Toronto Raptors

The Toronto Raptors are a Canadian professional basketball team based in Toronto, Ontario. The Raptors compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA), as a member club of the league's Eastern Conference Atlantic Division. Founded in 1995 as part of the NBA's expansion into Canada, the Raptors are the only Canadian-based team in the league. They play their home games at the Scotiabank Arena.

Like most expansion teams, the Raptors struggled in their early years, but after the acquisition of Vince Carter through a draft day trade in 1998, the team set league-attendance records and made the NBA playoffs in 2000, 2001, and 2002. Carter was instrumental in leading the team to their first playoff series win in 2001, where they advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals. During the 2002–03 and 2003–04 seasons, they failed to make significant progress, and Carter was traded in 2004 to the New Jersey Nets.

After Carter left, Chris Bosh emerged as the team leader. In the 2006–07 season, Bryan Colangelo was appointed as General Manager, and through a combination of Bosh, 2006 first overall draft pick Andrea Bargnani, and a revamp of the roster, the Raptors qualified for their first playoff berth in five years, capturing the Atlantic Division title. In the 2007–08 season, they also advanced to the playoffs, but failed to reach the post-season in each of the next five seasons. Colangelo overhauled the team's roster for the 2009–10 season in a bid to persuade pending free agent Bosh to stay, but Bosh departed to sign with the Miami Heat in July 2010, ushering in yet another era of rebuilding for the Raptors.

Masai Ujiri replaced Colangelo in 2013, and helped herald a new era of success, led by backcourt duo Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan. The Raptors returned to the playoffs the following year and became a consistent playoff team in every year of Ujiri's tenure. Under Ujiri, the team also won five Division titles and registered their most successful regular season in 2018. However, the team's failure to reach beyond the conference finals prompted Ujiri to fire head coach Dwane Casey shortly after the playoffs concluded and conduct the high-profile trade of DeRozan for Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green later that summer, as well as Marc Gasol before the trade deadline and signed Jeremy Lin shortly after the trade deadline.

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