The Raptors 905 are a Canadian professional basketball team in the NBA G League. The team is based in Mississauga, Ontario, and began play in the 2015–16 season. The club, which is the G League affiliate of the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association, plays their home games at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre, replacing the Centre's former basketball tenant, the Mississauga Power of the National Basketball League of Canada. The team also plays occasional home games at the Scotiabank Arena, the home of their parent club. Raptors 905 were the eighth D-League team to be owned by an NBA team and the first to be based outside the United States.
The name "905" refers to the local area code of the suburban Greater Toronto Area, and is a common shorthand referring to the suburbs surrounding Toronto.
|League||NBA G League|
|Arena||Paramount Fine Foods Centre|
Scotiabank Arena (occasional home games)
|Team colours||Red, black, silver, white|
|Team manager||Chad Sanders|
|Head coach||Jama Mahlalela|
|Ownership||Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment|
|Conference titles||2 (2017, 2018)|
|Division titles||1 (2017)|
In 2008, Raptors President and General Manager Bryan Colangelo said that Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd. (MLSE) was considering launching an NBA Development League franchise in the Toronto area within a couple of years to serve as a developmental team for the Raptors. Hamilton's Copps Coliseum and Oshawa were reportedly under consideration to host the franchise. However, a Canadian-based franchise posed difficulties due to tax and visa issues, and Rochester, New York, which is just across the United States border, was considered as an alternative.
In April 2015, Colangelo's replacement Masai Ujiri announced that MLSE's board had approved purchasing a franchise, and that they were in negotiations with the NBA over where the team would play and whether it could be launched in time for the 2015-16 season. In June 2015 it was announced that MLSE had purchased a D-League franchise, which would be named the Raptors 905 and would begin play that fall at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, a suburb of Toronto. The team is named after the area code used by much of suburban Greater Toronto Area. The franchise reportedly cost $6 million. An agreement was negotiated with the Mississauga Power of the National Basketball League of Canada, which held the basketball lease at the Hershey Centre, with the Power folding. The team planned to play some games at Toronto's Air Canada Centre, home of their NBA affiliate the Toronto Raptors.
On July 7, 2015, Jesse Mermuys was hired as head coach and Dan Tolzman as general manager. Mermuys left his position as an assistant coach under Toronto Raptors head coach, Dwane Casey. On July 28, 2015, veteran coach Tim Lewis was named lead assistant coach. On November 4, 2015, Raptors 905 unveiled their new uniforms and an alternate logo.
On June 13, 2016, it was reported that Mermuys would leave the 905 for the LA Lakers, joining them as an assistant coach. In September, the Raptors announced that Jerry Stackhouse would be the head coach of the Raptors 905 team.
In 2016–17, the 905 finished with a 39–11 record (the second best record in D-League history) clinching their first division title and with a record of 21–4 on the road (a D-League record). Stackhouse was awarded the Coach of the Year, while Center Edy Tavares was awarded Defensive Player of the Year. Making their way to the playoffs as the top seed, they swept the Canton Charge in the first round and then swept the Maine Red Claws in the second, clinching their first conference title. In the finals, they met the Western Conference champion Rio Grande Valley Vipers who they beat in three games and claimed their first title in franchise history. Pascal Siakam was named the Finals MVP after recording 32 and 17 points in Game's 2 and 3 respectively.
Current NBA players Bruno Caboclo, Pascal Siakam, Jakob Poeltl, Fred VanVleet, Norman Powell, Delon Wright and former players Lucas Nogueira, Anthony Bennett and Jared Sullinger have all played for Raptors 905.
|Season||Division||Regular season||Postseason results|
|2016–17||Central||1st||39||11||.780||Won First Round (Canton) 2–0|
Won Semifinals (Maine) 2–0
Won Finals (Rio Grande) 2–1
|2017–18||Atlantic||2nd||31||19||.620||Won First Round (Grand Rapids) 92–88|
Won Conf. Semifinal (Westchester) 92–80
Won Conf. Final (Erie) 118–106
Lost Finals (Austin) 0–2
|2018–19||Atlantic||3rd||29||21||.580||Won First Round (Grand Rapids) 91–90|
Lost Conf. Semifinal (Long Island) 99–112
|Regular season record||122||78||.610||2015–2019|
Raptors 905 roster
|#||Head coach||Term||Regular season||Playoffs||Achievements|
|2||Jerry Stackhouse||2016–18||100||70||30||.700||12||9||3||.750||NBA D-League Coach of the Year (2017)|
NBA D-League champion (2017)
Most Valuable Player
|Most Valuable Player|
|Axel Toupane||2||2016, 2017|
All G-League Team
|All D-League Team|
|All Defensive Team|
Slam Dunk Champion
|Slam Dunk champions|
Coach of the Year
|Coaches of the Year|
Jason Collier Sportsmanship Award
Defensive Player of the Year
|Defensive Player of the Year|
Most Improved Player
|Most Improved Player of the Year|
Copps Coliseum is one of two locations being considered
The 2015 NBA Development League Expansion Draft was the eighth expansion draft of the National Basketball Association Development League (D-League). The draft was held on August 20, 2015 so that the newly founded Raptors 905 could acquire players for the upcoming 2015–16 season. The 16 players were chosen from a pool of unprotected players among the league's teams. Each returning D-League team could protect up to 12 of their players from being selected.
Three of the players that the Raptors chose had previously been named NBA D-League All-Stars: Dee Bost, Kevin Jones, and Mustafa Shakur. Five additional players had also been previously selected in an NBA draft: Dahntay Jones (2003), Earl Clark (2009), Luke Harangody (2010), Nolan Smith (2011), Ricky Ledo (2013).Anthony Bennett (basketball)
Anthony Harris Bennett (born March 14, 1993) is a Canadian professional basketball player for the Agua Caliente Clippers of the NBA G League. He played college basketball for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). He was the first overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers, becoming the first Canadian to be drafted number one overall. Bennett is also a member of the Canadian national team.
He is considered one of the greatest draft busts ever.Bruno Caboclo
Bruno Correa Fernandes Caboclo (born September 21, 1995) is a Brazilian professional basketball player for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Standing at 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m), he plays the small forward position.Delon Wright
Delon Reginald Wright (born April 26, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Utah Utes and was a first-team all-conference player in the Pac-12 in 2014 and 2015. He also earned the Bob Cousy Award in 2015.Deng Adel
Deng Adel (born 1 February 1997) is a South Sudanese-Australian professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA), on a two-way contract with the Canton Charge of the NBA G League. He played college basketball for the Louisville Cardinals.Edy Tavares
Walter Samuel "Edy" Tavares da Veiga (born March 22, 1992) is a Cape Verdean professional basketball player for Real Madrid of the Liga ACB and the EuroLeague. He was selected with the 43rd overall pick in 2014 NBA draft by the Atlanta Hawks and has played internationally for the Cape Verde national basketball team. Tavares receives praise as a physical phenomenon, standing 7'3" tall and possessing a 7'9" wingspan.Jared Sullinger
Jared Sullinger (born March 4, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the Shenzhen Leopards of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). He played college basketball for Ohio State University before being drafted 21st overall by the Boston Celtics in the 2012 NBA draft.Jarrod Uthoff
Jarrod Reed Uthoff (born May 19, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for Zenit Saint Petersburg of the VTB United League. He had also played three seasons of college basketball for Iowa.Jerry Stackhouse
Jerry Darnell Stackhouse (born November 5, 1974) is an American basketball coach and retired professional basketball player. He is currently the head coach of the Vanderbilt Commodores, and he played 18 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He formerly was the head coach of Raptors 905 and an assistant coach for the Toronto Raptors and Memphis Grizzlies. Additionally, he has worked as an NBA TV analyst.Jesse Mermuys
Jesse Mermuys (born c. 1981) is an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers. He was a former assistant coach for the Houston Rockets and the Toronto Raptors.Jordan Howard (basketball)
Jordan Howard (born January 6, 1996) is an American professional basketball player for the Raptors 905 of the NBA G League. He played college basketball for Central Arkansas.Josh Adams (basketball)
Josh Adams (born November 16, 1993) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Raptors 905 of the NBA G League. He played college basketball for the Wyoming Cowboys.Kay Felder
Kahlil Ameer "Kay" Felder Jr. (born March 29, 1995) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Raptors 905 of the NBA G League. Felder, a 5-foot-9-inch (1.75 m) point guard, declared for the 2016 NBA draft at the conclusion of his junior year at Oakland. Felder is the Horizon League career assists leader.Kennedy Meeks
Kennedy Rashod Meeks (born February 5, 1995) is an American basketball player for the SeaHorses Mikawa of the Japanese B.League. He played college basketball for North Carolina. He is a native of Charlotte, North Carolina.Malcolm Miller (basketball)
Malcolm Miller (born March 6, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for Holy Cross.Paramount Fine Foods Centre
The Paramount Fine Foods Centre, formerly the Hershey Centre, is a multi-purpose sports and entertainment complex located in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Its current name was adopted on July 1, 2018 following a new naming rights agreement with Mississauga-based restaurant chain Paramount Fine Foods.Pascal Siakam
Pascal Siakam (born April 2, 1994) is a Cameroonian professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). After attending New Mexico State University and playing basketball for the Aggies, Siakam was selected with the 27th overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft by the Toronto Raptors.Sim Bhullar
Gursimran "Sim" Bhullar (born December 2, 1992) is a Canadian professional basketball player for Guangxi Rhino of the Chinese National Basketball League (NBL). He played college basketball for New Mexico State University and is the first player of Indian descent to play in the NBA. At 7'5", he also became the sixth-tallest player in NBA history, being tied with Chuck Nevitt and Pavel Podkolzin for that record.Wade Baldwin IV
Wade Manson Baldwin IV (born March 29, 1996) is an American professional basketball player for the Raptors 905 of the NBA G League. He played college basketball for Vanderbilt.
|Culture and lore|
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§ Joint venture with Cadillac Fairview
Sports teams based in Ontario
Sports teams based in the Greater Toronto Area