2018–19 Toronto Raptors season

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2018–19 Toronto Raptors season
NBA champions
Conference champions
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 finishNBA Champions
(Defeated Warriors 4–2)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionTSN, Sportsnet
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The 2018–19 Toronto Raptors season was the 24th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA). During the off-season, the Raptors acquired small forward Kawhi Leonard from the San Antonio Spurs after trading franchise star DeMar DeRozan. The season ended with the franchise's first NBA Finals appearance and first NBA championship, ending the city's and the country's 26-year Big Four championship struggle.

Raptors victory celebration in Toronto on June 17, 2019

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) didn't play for 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. Despite parting with DeRozan and head coach Dwane Casey, 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 defeated the Orlando Magic in five games in the first round. They defeated the Philadelphia 76ers in seven games in the semifinals to make their first Eastern Conference Finals appearance since 2016 with Kawhi Leonard's buzzer beater over Joel Embiid in Game 7, which gave the Raptors a 92–90 series-clinching victory. The series was a rematch of the 2001 Eastern Conference Semifinals, where the Allen Iverson-led 76ers defeated the Vince Carter-led Raptors in seven games. The Raptors defeated the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference Finals 4–2, winning the last four games of the series after being down 0–2. They won the Finals against the two-time defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors, also the first NBA Finals series that was played outside the United States. They beat the Warriors 4–2, becoming the first team based in Canada to win the NBA title.[4] The Raptors were the first Atlantic Division team since the 2007-08 Boston Celtics to win the championship, and the first Eastern Conference team since the 2015-16 Cleveland Cavaliers to win the championship.

Draft[edit]

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[edit]

2018–19 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) 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 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: 2019–06–12

Standings[edit]

Division[edit]

Atlantic Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
yToronto 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[edit]

Eastern Conference
# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 zMilwaukee Bucks * 60 22 .732 82
2 yToronto 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[edit]

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 127–106 114–115 111–113 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[edit]

Preseason[edit]

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

Regular season[edit]

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

Playoffs[edit]

2019 playoff game log
Total: 16–8 (Home: 9–4; Road: 7–4)

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Player Pos. GP GS MP Reb. Ast. Stl. Blk. Pts.
OG Anunoby SF 67 6 1,352 197 47 46 22 469
Chris Boucher PF 28 0 163 56 2 6 24 93
Lorenzo Brown PG 26 0 212 31 28 12 5 55
Marc Gasol C 26 19 648 172 101 24 23 237
Danny Green SG 80 80 2,216 317 126 73 53 821
Serge Ibaka C 74 51 2,010 601 99 29 103 1,112
Kawhi Leonard SF 60 60 2,040 439 199 106 24 1,596
Jeremy Lin PG 23 3 433 60 50 9 6 161
Kyle Lowry PG 65 65 2,213 312 564 91 31 926
Jordan Loyd PG 12 0 55 9 6 0 0 29
Patrick McCaw SG 26 1 344 45 27 21 2 69
Jodie Meeks SG 8 0 104 12 8 1 1 51
C. J. Miles SF 40 1 562 68 22 18 10 218
Malcolm Miller SF 10 0 67 5 1 1 1 35
Greg Monroe C 38 2 423 156 16 13 8 183
Eric Moreland PF 4 0 38 17 4 1 1 7
Norman Powell SG 60 3 1,126 139 91 39 13 516
Malachi Richardson SG 22 0 103 13 0 1 0 30
Pascal Siakam PF 80 79 2,548 549 248 73 52 1,354
Jonas Valančiūnas C 30 10 564 216 29 13 23 384
Fred VanVleet PG 64 28 1,760 167 307 57 20 701
Delon Wright PG 49 2 897 125 110 46 15 337

After all games.[5]
Waived during the season
Traded during the season
Acquired during the season

Playoffs[edit]

Player Pos. GP GS MP Reb. Ast. Stl. Blk. Pts.
Chris Boucher PF 2 0 4 1 0 0 1 5
Marc Gasol C 24 24 735 153 73 21 26 226
Danny Green SG 24 24 684 87 26 31 11 166
Serge Ibaka C 24 0 500 143 22 11 23 225
Kawhi Leonard SF 24 24 939 218 94 40 17 732
Jeremy Lin PG 8 0 27 3 4 1 0 9
Kyle Lowry PG 24 24 901 117 159 31 7 361
Patrick McCaw SG 11 0 48 3 4 2 0 5
Jodie Meeks SG 14 0 66 9 1 4 1 22
Malcolm Miller SF 10 0 28 5 1 0 1 8
Eric Moreland PF 8 0 28 13 3 0 0 2
Norman Powell SG 23 0 366 51 26 9 0 150
Pascal Siakam PF 24 24 891 171 66 25 17 455
Fred VanVleet PG 24 0 592 42 62 18 6 192

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

July 18, 2018[6] To Toronto Raptors
Kawhi Leonard
Danny Green
To San Antonio Spurs
DeMar DeRozan
Jakob Pöltl
2019 protected Toronto first-round pick
February 6, 2019[7] To Toronto Raptors
Cash considerations
To Philadelphia 76ers
Malachi Richardson
Draft rights to Emir Preldžić
2022 second-round pick
February 7, 2019[8][9] To Toronto Raptors
Marc Gasol
To Memphis Grizzlies
Jonas Valančiūnas
Delon Wright
CJ Miles
2024 second-round draft pick
To Toronto Raptors
Cash considerations
To Brooklyn Nets
Greg Monroe
2021 second-round draft pick

Free agency[edit]

Re-signed[edit]

Player Signed Contract
Fred VanVleet[10] July 6, 2018 2-yr/$18.1M
Lorenzo Brown[11] July 20, 2018 1-yr/$1.62M

Additions[edit]

Player Signed Contract Former team
Chris Boucher[11] July 20, 2018 Two-way contract Golden State Warriors
Jordan Loyd[12] August 7, 2018 Two-way contract Turkey Darüşşafaka
Greg Monroe[13] August 10, 2018 1-yr/$2.2M Boston Celtics
Jeremy Lin[14] February 13, 2019 $697,000[15] Atlanta Hawks

Subtractions[edit]

Player Reason New Team
Alfonzo McKinnie[16] Waived Golden State Warriors
Lucas Nogueira Unrestricted Free Agent Baloncesto Fuenlabrada
Kay Felder[17] Waived Raptors 905
Deng Adel[17] Waived Raptors 905
Kyle Collinsworth[17] Waived Raptors 905
Eric Moreland[17] Waived Phoenix Suns
Malcom Miller Waived Raptors 905

References[edit]

  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. ^ "Raptors send Toronto into raptures as they beat Warriors to take first NBA title". Guardian. June 11, 2019. Retrieved June 14, 2019.
  5. ^ "2018-19 Toronto Raptors Roster and Regular season Stats". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  6. ^ "Toronto Raptors Acquire Kawhi Leonard". NBA.com. July 18, 2018. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  7. ^ "Raptors Acquire Cash Considerations from Philadelphia". NBA.com. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
  8. ^ "Raptors get Gasol from Grizzlies". tsn.ca. February 7, 2019. Retrieved February 8, 2019.
  9. ^ "Brooklyn Nets Complete Trade with Toronto Raptors". NBA.com. February 7, 2019.
  10. ^ "Raptors Re-Sign Fred VanVleet". NBA.com. July 6, 2018. Retrieved July 6, 2018.
  11. ^ a b "Raptors Sign Brown and Boucher". NBA.com. July 20, 2018. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  12. ^ "Raptors Sign Loyd To Two-Way Contract". NBA.com. August 7, 2018. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
  13. ^ "Raptors Sign Greg Monroe". NBA.com. August 10, 2018. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  14. ^ "Raptors Sign Jeremy Lin". NBA.com. February 13, 2019. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  15. ^ "Jeremy Lin Contract".
  16. ^ "The @Raptors have waived forward Alfonzo McKinnie". Raptors MR on Twitter. July 17, 2018. Retrieved July 17, 2018.
  17. ^ a b c d "Raptors Waive Four". NBA.com. October 12, 2018. Retrieved October 12, 2018.