The year was 2009 and the Jermaine O'Neal experiment had run its course. The last-legs big man was traded to Miami, who coveted his massive expiring contract so they could (eventually) sign LeBron James and Chris Bosh.
Sam Mitchell was fired early in the season and replaced with Jay Triano, and while a lost season remained lost, there was much official optimism placed on the Raptors finish that year, as they went 9-4 down the stretch
A month after the season ended Triano was given a three-year contract based, in part, on the team's strong finish. Nothing wrong with that, except that strong finish in a lost season saw the Raptors picking ninth in the 2009 draft instead of seventh
The Raptors got DeMar DeRozan, the two-guard who certainly looked the part as he put up 25 points in Toronto's 83-75 win. But Golden State got Stephen Curry at the No.7 spot.
The son of former Raptor Dell Curry, the budding All-Star didn't play in the skills competition due to a foot injury, but chances are it won't be the last for the silky smooth pick-and-roll maestro.