It’s been quite the season for the Toronto Raptors. What we’ll likely remember about this season years from now is “48,” the team’s win total for the year, the most ever in franchise history.
But the win total isn’t the only record the Raptors set as a franchise this season. In fact, between a few team marks and some impressive individual seasons, the 2013-14 Toronto Raptors have assaulted the 19-year-old Raptors record books.
Obviously, the big one is “wins,” but this year’s Raptors team is also the most prolific 3-point shooting team in franchise history, as well. Along with the wins comes the mark for best margin of victory, which tells us that this isn’t a Raptors team that just got lucky all year in a reverse-Timberwolves of sorts. No Raptors team has ever beaten opponents this much and by this great a margin.
|W||48||1st||47 (00-01, 06-07)|
This franchise employed Vince Carter and Chris Bosh for a number of years each, so while there’s not a long track record of team success, there have been some very strong individual performances. Still, four Raptors combined to take down seven franchise records this season.
|3FG||Lowry||190||177 (Morris Peterson, 05-06)|
|3FGA||Lowry||500||496 (Damon Stoudamire, 96-97)|
|eFG%||Johnson||58%||57.5 (Jose Calderon, 07-08)|
|FG%||Johnson||56.2%||55.4 (Amir Johnson, 12-13)|
|FT||DeRozan||519||504 (Chris Bosh, 08-09)|
|FTA||DeRozan||630||617 (Chris Bosh, 08-09)|
|RB%||Valanciunas||18.2%||17.7 (Chris Bosh, 09-10)|
Note: Amir Johnson has actually had better FG% and eFG% marks but did not technically qualify in those years.
Having the top mark is obviously a big deal, but it’s impressive, too, just to rank among the best seasons ever. Those same four Raptors and one more now find themselves in the top-five seasons in various categories.
|Stat||2013-14 Leader||Value||Rank||Record Holder||Record|
The career record book is where any enterprising Raptor can really make a name, as nobody but Bosh has really stuck around long enough to leave a lasting imprint. That, combined with the unprecedented efficiency of a pair of post players, have current Raptors owning the best career franchise mark in a handful of stats (minimum 2000 minutes). Obviously, worse performance later in their careers could knock these players off their perches.
|eFG%||Johnson||57.8%||1st||56.6 (Matt Bonner)|
|TS%||Johnson||60.4%||1st||58.9 (Matt Bonner)|
|FG%||Johnson||57.2%||1st||54.8 (Rasho Nesterovic)|
|RB%||Valanciunas||16.9%||1st||16.8 (Ed Davis)|
With a young team that hasn’t had much stability beyond Johnson, you probably weren’t expecting many franchise record-holders…yet. The current group, however, find themselves climbing the leaderboard, ranking in the top-five for several career marks.
I know, I know, everyone’s focus is now on the playoffs. Well, if this is truly the start of a successful run for the franchise, all of the team’s playoff records will be in play: games (20, Antonio Davis), points (385, Vince Carter), rebounds (211, Davis), assists (115, Chris Childs), and so on. Go to the second round or further this season and then return next season, and the current roster could quickly own all of the franchise’s playoff marks. Hey, make a title run this season and they’ll probably do it…worth a shot, right?