The Raptors are limping into the NBA All-Star break, having lost 11 of their last 15 games. While some players will rest, DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry have been chosen to play in this year’s All-Star game.
DeRozan and Lowry are not the only Raptors to be featured on the All-Star stage. Here are, in order, the top five Raptors who have made an All-Star roster.
5. Antonio Davis
The record books will always show Davis was an All-Star, even though he technically replaced Theo Ratliff in 2001. But Davis saw improvements in his game after joining the Raptors in 1999. He had 8.9 points and 6.6 rebounds per game in his first six seasons with Indiana, but averaged a double-double during his All-Star year in Toronto.
4. Chris Bosh
Former Raptor Chris Bosh has the most All-Star appearances on the list with 11. But unlike Vince Carter, the sting of Bosh’s defection to Miami is still a little too fresh to have him higher on the list.
3. Kyle Lowry
Before Kyle Lowry joined the Raptors, he never came close to being part of the All-Star conversation. Lowry’s transition to Toronto has turned him into a better player, a better leader and now a three-time All Star.
2. DeMar DeRozan
The reason DeRozan gets the edge over Lowry is his tenure with the Raptors. After re-signing with the team this past summer, DeRozan passed Vince Carter as Toronto’s all-time scoring leader. He stayed longer than Bosh or Carter, and he is only halfway through his career. He will likely top this list in a few more years.
1. Vince Carter
It is hard to think of another Toronto Raptor who has as much All-Star history as “Air Canada.” Carter appeared in eight straight All-Star games between 2000 and 2008. But it was the 2000 Slam Dunk contest that immortalized Carter in All-Star history. He put Toronto on the map in the NBA world, and is the Raptors’ biggest star.
What order would you put the Toronto’s five All-Stars? Are there any other Raptors you think got an All-Star snub? Leave your comments below.