For the first time this season, the Toronto Raptors will get a shot at the NBA Championship Belt on Saturday night when the reigning champion Brooklyn Nets visit the ACC on Drake Night.

If you’re unaware, the NBA Championship Belt is a fun idea born on R/NBA whereby the reigning NBA Champion Miami Heat started the season with a theoretical championship belt, which they defend every game. Should a team beat them, they become the new champ, and then defend it every game until they lose it, and so on. The Nets are the current champs, having defeated Golden State on the 8th.

Here’s a full chronology of the belt this season:

Heat – one defense
76ers – two
Warriors – one
Spurs – eight
Thunder – three
Blazers – one
Mavericks – lost on first defense
Kings – lost on first defense
Jazz – one
Spurs (2) – lost on first defense
Clippers – three
Warriors – seven
Nets (c) – one

The Raptors are one of just six teams yet to receive a shot at the strap. With an easy stretch of schedule coming up, a Saturday victory could turn the Raps into Bruno Sammartino.

  • Dave Smith

    Alright, this idea is hilarious…

  • mike, prague

    Cool idea!

  • ManInTheMiddle

    lmao i love it. cool idea.

  • Val Jasme

    we’re the champs now! lol

  • tonious35

    Make T Hansbourough wear the belt, it just fits his crazy ass. Imagine him walking down the floor with some theme song of his playing, the crowd booing him of how much of a goon he is, and talking smack on the mic like Chris Jericho.

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  • Louvens Remy

    ….and the NEW!!!

  • Ashwin

    FIIIINALLY, the belt has come to Toronto! My two favourite things in life have been combined: basketball and wrestling. Better still, the Raptors are now champs!

    All is good in the world… all is good in the world…

  • Preo

    When I was a freshman in college, a friend and I would do this with just about every sport, and did it each season since. College basketball is the most interesting one to check throughout the year, because unlike other leagues, it has the best chance of actually ending with the real champion. Only way it doesn’t is if an Ivy League team ends up with it and doesn’t make the NCAA Tournament.

  • dejuan

    Victory baby!

  • Shifty

    Awesome idea and a fun game and we have a chance to keep it for several games!