We took the task of Ranking the 10 greatest players of the only NBA franchise Toronto has ever known. We scored all of our players on a fifty point scale, where up to ten points were evenly awarded to player for:
1)Fan Reception: Toronto fans are an interesting bunch, we dont care for stats all that much, it’s about respecting the city, people and putting in effort. Each player’s relationship with the fans is evaluated from the time their name is picked at the draft, until their departure. It’s all about whether the fans had their back.
2)Intangibles: The feature each player can perform that is not specificaly on the box score. things like Hustle, Leadership, Versatility, basketball I.Q., intensity, and Work Ethic is the model for this. We all know from many instances in this franchises history that not always the best players have the best intangibles. The acceptance and embrace of the players role is important.
3) Stats: Easy concept, this the mathematical average. Minutes and Games played have as much significance as the totals and averages of players’ points, rebounds, steals, assists, and turnovers.
4) League-Wide Recognition: Simple, how do they match up to the NBA and fans in other cities? Dominant moments such All-Star nods, Contest wins, Olympic wins, All-NBA teams, NBA record and averaging out a players numbers strictly as a Raptor are what counts.
5) Legacy: How are they remembered as Raptors, are they even remembered as playing for the team? was their contribution significant? What impact did they have? Impact of the franchise and the combination of the previous four categories is what impacts this.
In addition to ranking the top ten, we post the 5 highest ranking players who did not make the cut, and why. Let us know what you think and what you would change and why.
FR:= Fan Reception
LR:= League Recognition
FL:= Franchise Legacy
T:= Total (scored out of 50)