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The Raptors 905 are a Canadian professional basketball team based in Mississauga, Ontario. The club competes in the NBA G League, and began play in the 2015–16 season. The club, which is the G League affiliate of the National Basketball Association (NBA)'s Toronto Raptors, 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.[3]

Raptors 905
Raptors 905 logo
LeagueNBA G League
Founded2015
HistoryRaptors 905
2015–present
ArenaParamount Fine Foods Centre
Scotiabank Arena (occasional home games)
LocationMississauga, Ontario
Team coloursRed, black, silver, white[1][2]
                   
Team managerChad Sanders
Head coachJama Mahlalela
OwnershipMaple Leaf Sports & Entertainment
Affiliation(s)Toronto Raptors
Championships1 (2017)
Conference titles2 (2017, 2018)
Division titles1 (2017)
WebsiteRaptors905.com

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.

HistoryEdit

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.[4] Hamilton's Copps Coliseum and Oshawa were reportedly under consideration to host the franchise.[5] However, a Canadian-based franchise posed difficulties due to tax and visa issues,[6] and Rochester, New York, which is just across the United States border, was considered as an alternative.[7][8]

 
Raptors 905 played their inaugural home game in November 2015 at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga.

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.[9] 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.[10] The team is named after the area code used by much of suburban Greater Toronto Area. The franchise reportedly cost $6 million.[11] 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.[12][13] The team planned to play some games at Toronto's Air Canada Centre, home of their NBA affiliate the Toronto Raptors.[14]

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.[15] On July 28, 2015, veteran coach Tim Lewis was named lead assistant coach.[16] 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.[17] In September, the Raptors announced that Jerry Stackhouse would be the head coach of the Raptors 905 team.[18]

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).[19] Stackhouse was awarded the Coach of the Year, while Center Edy Tavares was awarded Defensive Player of the Year.[20][21] 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.[22] 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.[23]

AlumniEdit

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-by-seasonEdit

Season Division Regular season Postseason results
Finish Wins Losses Pct.
Raptors 905
2015–16 Atlantic 5th 23 27 .460
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
Playoff record 10 4 .714 2015–2019

Current rosterEdit

Raptors 905 roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
F 51 Baer, Nicholas 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1996–03–26 Iowa
F 12 Brissett, Oshae (TW) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1998–06–20 Syracuse
G 1 Ennis, Tyler 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 182 lb (83 kg) 1994–08–24 Syracuse
G 6 Evans, Jawun 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1996–07–26 Oklahoma State
F 50 Konate, Sagaba 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 260 lb (118 kg) 1997–03–19 West Virginia
G 4 Morgan, Matt 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 174 lb (79 kg) 1997–11-07 Cornell
G 10 Notice, Duane 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 218 lb (99 kg) 1994–09–07 South Carolina
G 9 Ponds, Shamorie (TW) 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1998–06–29 St. John's
G 3 Reyes, Justin 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1993–03–16 St. Thomas Aquinas
F 11 Robinson, Devin 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1995–03–07 Florida
G 5 Watson, Paul 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 193 lb (88 kg) 1994–12–30 Fresno State
F 7 White, Paul 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1995–10–24 Oregon
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • (NBA) On assignment from NBA affiliate
  • (TW) Two-way affiliate player
  • (I) Inactive
  •   Injured

Roster
Last transaction: 2019–11–13

Head coachesEdit

# Head coach Term Regular season Playoffs Achievements
G W L Win% G W L Win%
1 Jesse Mermuys 2015–16 50 23 27 .460
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)
3 Jama Mahlalela 2018–present 50 29 21 .580 2 1 1 .500

AwardsEdit

Most Valuable Player

Most Valuable Player
Player Year
Lorenzo Brown 2018[24]
Chris Boucher 2019[25]

All Stars

All-Stars
Player Appearances Years
Axel Toupane 2 2016, 2017
Edy Tavares 1 2017
Scott Suggs 1 2016
Ronald Roberts 1 2016


All G-League Team

All D-League Team
First Team
Edy Tavares 2017[26]
Lorenzo Brown 2018[27]
Chris Boucher 2019[28]
Jordan Loyd 2019[28]
Second Team
None
Third Team
Axel Toupane 2017<[26]
All Defensive Team
Edy Tavares 2017[26]
Chris Boucher 2019[28]

Slam Dunk Champion

Slam Dunk champions
Player Year
John Jordan 2016[29]

Coach of the Year

Coaches of the Year
Coach Year
Jerry Stackhouse 2017[21]

Jason Collier Sportsmanship Award

Sportsmanship Awards
Player Year
Scott Suggs 2016[30]

Finals MVP

Finals MVP
Player Year
Pascal Siakam 2017[31]

Defensive Player of the Year

Defensive Player of the Year
Player Year
Edy Tavares 2017[32]
Chris Boucher 2019[33]

Most Improved Player

Most Improved Player of the Year
Player Year
Axel Toupane 2016[34]

NBA affiliatesEdit

ReferencesEdit

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