2017–18 Toronto Raptors season

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2017–18 Toronto Raptors season
Division champions
Head coachDwane Casey
General managerBobby Webster
Owner(s)Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment
ArenaAir Canada Centre
Results
Record59–23 (.720)
PlaceDivision: 1st (Atlantic)
Conference: 1st (Eastern)
Playoff finishConference Semifinals
(Lost to Cavaliers 0–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionTSN, Sportsnet
< 2016–17 2018–19 >

The 2017–18 Toronto Raptors season was the 23rd season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

On June 28th, 2017, the Raptors promoted assistant general manager Bobby Webster to general manager, while Masai Ujiri remained team president.[1] Webster's promotion came over a month after their previous general manager, Jeff Weltman, left the Raptors to become the President of Basketball Operations for the Orlando Magic, with the Raptors acquiring a second-round pick in 2018 in order for them to release Weltman early. However they would later trade that selection, their first round pick, and DeMarre Carroll to the Brooklyn Nets for the rights to Justin Hamilton.

On April 6th, 2018, the Raptors set new franchise records for total wins in a season with 57, home wins in a season with 33, and clinched the 1st seed in the Eastern Conference for the first time in franchise history. They would end the season with a record 59 wins and 34 home wins. They would end up winning their 4th division title in 5 years.

In the playoffs, the Raptors faced the eighth seeded Washington Wizards in the first round, winning in six games. They advanced to the semifinals where they faced the Cleveland Cavaliers once again, the team that had eliminated them in the past two NBA playoffs. Just like last season, the Raptors were swept in four games by the Cavaliers. They have now lost 10 straight playoff games to the Cavaliers. This sweep marked the 1st time the top seeded conference team was swept in a playoff series since 2015, where the Atlanta Hawks were also swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Conference Finals. The Raptors also became the first top seeded conference team since 2013 to have not advanced to the Conference Finals, and the first in NBA history to get swept in the Semifinals.

Following yet another disappointing playoff appearance, head coach Dwane Casey was fired on May 11th, 2018. [2]

Offseason[edit]

Draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 23 OG Anunoby SF  United Kingdom Indiana

Roster[edit]

2017–18 Toronto Raptors roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
F 3 Anunoby, OG 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1997–07–17 Indiana
G 4 Brown, Lorenzo 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 189 lb (86 kg) 1990–08–26 North Carolina State
G 10 DeRozan, DeMar (C) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1989–08–07 Southern California
F 9 Ibaka, Serge 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1989–09–18 Republic of the Congo
G 7 Lowry, Kyle (C) 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1986–03–25 Villanova
F 34 McKinnie, Alfonzo 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1992–09–17 Green Bay
F 0 Miles, C. J. 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1987–03–18 Skyline HS (TX)
F 13 Miller, Malcolm (TW) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1993–03–06 Holy Cross
C 92 Nogueira, Lucas 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1992–07–26 Brazil
C 42 Pöltl, Jakob 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 250 lb (113 kg) 1995–10–15 Utah
G 24 Powell, Norman 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1993–05–25 UCLA
G 22 Richardson, Malachi 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1996–01–05 Syracuse
F 43 Siakam, Pascal 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1994–04–02 New Mexico State
C 17 Valančiūnas, Jonas 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 255 lb (116 kg) 1992–05–06 Lithuania
G 23 VanVleet, Fred 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1994–02–25 Wichita State
G 55 Wright, Delon 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1992–04–26 Utah
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: 2018–04–11

Standings[edit]

Division[edit]

Atlantic Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
cToronto Raptors 59 23 .720 0.0 34–7 25–16 12–4 82
xBoston Celtics 55 27 .671 4.0 27–14 28–13 12–4 82
xPhiladelphia 76ers 52 30 .634 7.0 30–11 22–19 9–7 82
New York Knicks 29 53 .354 30.0 19–22 10–31 6–10 82
Brooklyn Nets 28 54 .341 31.0 15–26 13–28 1–15 82

Conference[edit]

Eastern Conference
# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 cToronto Raptors * 59 23 .720 82
2 xBoston Celtics 55 27 .671 4.0 82
3 xPhiladelphia 76ers 52 30 .634 7.0 82
4 yCleveland Cavaliers * 50 32 .610 9.0 82
5 xIndiana Pacers 48 34 .585 11.0 82
6 yMiami Heat * 44 38 .537 15.0 82
7 xMilwaukee Bucks 44 38 .537 15.0 82
8 xWashington Wizards 43 39 .524 16.0 82
9 Detroit Pistons 39 43 .476 20.0 82
10 Charlotte Hornets 36 46 .439 23.0 82
11 New York Knicks 29 53 .354 30.0 82
12 Brooklyn Nets 28 54 .341 31.0 82
13 Chicago Bulls 27 55 .329 32.0 82
14 Orlando Magic 25 57 .305 34.0 82
15 Atlanta Hawks 24 58 .293 35.0 82

Record vs opponents[edit]

Eastern Conference Western Conference
Atlantic Division Northwest Division
Team Home Away Team Home Away
Boston 111–91 96–78 94–95 99–110 Denver 114–110 111–129
Brooklyn 120–87 116–112 114–113* 116–102 Minnesota 109–104 109–115
New York 107–84 113–88 100–108 132–106 Oklahoma City 125–132 107–124
Philadelphia 128–94 102–86 114–109 111–117 Portland 130–105 99–85
Utah 93–97 109–100
8–0 4–4 3–2 2–3
Division 12–4 Division 5–5
Central Division Pacific Division
Team Home Away Team Home Away
Chicago 117–100 119–114 124–115 122–98 Golden State 125–127 112–117
Cleveland 133–99 129–132 106–112 L.A. Clippers 106–117 91–96
Detroit 96–91 123–94 121–119* 108–98 L.A. Lakers 123–111 101–92
Indiana 120–115 92–73 104–107 106–99 Phoenix 126–113 115–109
Milwaukee 131–127* 119–122* 129–110 Sacramento 108–93 102–87
8–1 6–3 3–2 3–2
Division 14–4 Division 6–4
Southeast Division Southwest Division
Team Home Away Team Home Away
Atlanta 111–98 106–90 112–78 108–93 Dallas 122–115* 93–98
Charlotte 126–113 103–98 129–111 123–103 Houston 108–105 129–113
Miami 89–90 115–112 109–116* Memphis 101–86 116–107
Orlando 112–101 117–104 93–86 New Orleans 122–118 125–116
Washington 96–107 100–91 119–122 102–95 San Antonio 86–83 97–101
7–2 7–2 5–0 3–2
Division 14–4 Division 8–2
Conference 40–12 (Home: 23–3; Away: 17–9) Conference 19–11 (Home: 11–4; Away: 8–7)
Overall 59–23 (Home: 34–7; Away: 25–16)

(* game decided in overtime)

Game log[edit]

Preseason[edit]

2017 pre-season game log
Total: 3–2 (Home: 1–0; Road: 2–2)
2017–18 season schedule

Regular season[edit]

2017–18 game log
Total: 59–23 (Home: 34–7; Road: 25–16)
2017–18 season schedule

Playoffs[edit]

2018 playoff game log
Total: 4–6 (Home: 3–2; Road: 1–4)
2018 playoff schedule

Transactions[edit]

Free agency[edit]

Trades[edit]

May 25, 2017 To Toronto Raptors
Least favorable 2018 second round pick
To Orlando Magic
Jeff Weltman (President of Basketball Operations)
July 8, 2017[3] To Toronto Raptors
Justin Hamilton
To Brooklyn Nets
DeMarre Carroll
2018 first round pick
2018 second round pick
July 14, 2017[4] To Toronto Raptors
Draft rights to Emir Preldžić
C.J. Miles
To Indiana Pacers
Cory Joseph

Re-signed[edit]

Player Signed Contract
Kyle Lowry[5] July 7, 2017 3-yr/$90M
Serge Ibaka[6] July 7, 2017 3-yr/$64M

Additions[edit]

Player Signed Contract Former team
Alfonzo McKinnie[7] July 9, 2017 Windy City Bulls (G League)
Malcolm Miller[7] July 9, 2017 Two-way contract Germany Alba Berlin
Lorenzo Brown[8] July 25, 2017 Two-way contract Grand Rapids Drive (G League)
K. J. McDaniels[9] August 22, 2017 Brooklyn Nets

Subtractions[edit]

Player Reason New Team
P. J. Tucker[10] Unrestricted free agent Houston Rockets
Patrick Patterson [11] Unrestricted free agent Oklahoma City Thunder
K. J. McDaniels[12] Waived Grand Rapids Drive

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Toronto Raptors promote Bobby Webster to GM". NBA.com. Retrieved June 28, 2017.
  2. ^ http://www.nba.com/article/2018/05/11/report-toronto-raptors-fire-coach-dwane-casey
  3. ^ "Brooklyn Nets Acquire Demarre Carroll and Draft Picks from Toronto". NBA.com. July 13, 2017. Retrieved July 13, 2017.
  4. ^ "Raptors Complete Trade With Indiana". NBA.com. July 14, 2017. Retrieved July 14, 2017.
  5. ^ "Raptors Re-Sign Kyle Lowry". NBA.com. July 7, 2017. Retrieved July 7, 2017.
  6. ^ "Raptors Re-Sign Serge Ibaka". NBA.com. July 7, 2017. Retrieved July 7, 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Raptors Sign Malcolm Miller and Alfonzo McKinnie". NBA.com. July 9, 2017. Retrieved July 9, 2017.
  8. ^ "Raptors Sign Lorenzo Brown". NBA.com. July 25, 2017. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  9. ^ "Raptors Sign K.J. McDaniels". nba.com. August 22, 2017. Retrieved August 22, 2017.
  10. ^ "Rockets Sign Free Agent P.J. Tucker". NBA.com. July 6, 2017. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
  11. ^ "Thunder Signs Patrick Patterson". NBA.com. July 10, 2017. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  12. ^ "Raptors Sign K.J. McDaniels". nba.com. August 22, 2017. Retrieved August 22, 2017.