The Raptors 905 trophy case grows a little bit larger today.
General Manager Chad Sanders has been named the 2020-21 NBA G League Executive of the Year. This was voted on by Sanders’ fellow NBA G League executives. This is the first time in Raptors 905 history the team has won this award.
In Sanders’ third season with the team, the 905 posted a G League-best 12-3 record during the 2021 Bubble season. The Raptors 905 were one of the leading offenses in the G League for the 2021 season, thanks to Sanders’ acquisitions of Canadian Nik Stauskas (18.1 PPG, 3.6 APG), Alize Johnson (16.6 PPG, 13.3 RPG), and Matt Mooney (11.6 PPG, 5.7 APG). Sanders also acquired Henry Ellenson last season from Long Island, who put up 21.2 PPG (fifth in G League scoring). Ellenson received a 10-day contract with the Toronto Raptors at the conclusion of the 2021 G League season.
“Since joining our program, Chad’s growth has been tremendous to watch and I look forward to continuing to work closely with him in the future,” Toronto Raptors general manager Bobby Webster said.
Under Sanders’ leadership, the Raptors 905 advanced to the semifinal round of the 2021 G League Playoffs before losing to the Delaware Blue Coats, 127-100.
Sanders joined the Toronto Raptors organization, serving as the Manager of Basketball Operations for the 2017-18 season. Afterward, he was elevated to the general manager position.
With Sanders as general manager, the Raptors 905 have winning records and made the G League Playoffs in two of those seasons.