Kawhi Leonard has only spent 1 year with the Toronto Raptors and is already the greatest Raptor of all time, whether he stays or leaves.
Some honorable mentions include Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Jalen Rose, Tracy McGrady, and Dell Curry.
Chris Bosh – Bosh’s best year as a Raptor, he averaged 24 pts, 10.8 rebs and 2.4 asts. Bosh was a staple in the Raptors organization for years. Before Kawhi, Bosh was statistically the best Raptor ever. Although he put up great numbers, he wasn’t the greatest leader considering he departed after his most memorable season to be the 3rd wheel of the Miami Heat’s “Big 3.”
Vince Carter – Carter’s best year as a Raptor, he averaged 27.6 pts, 5.5 rebs and 3.9 asts. As Carter was more of an icon for the city, known for his ridiculous dunks, he was a part of two strong playoff teams. He was even nicknamed Air Canda, which is great and all, but he never really accomplished anything of significance. Although, I guess you could consider his famous dunk contest significant.
Many would argue it was DeRozan before Kawhi came, seeing he is #1 in many all-time Raptor stats. In a way, he was the reason they won the 2019 NBA Championship. DeRozan said himself that he was the “sacrificial lamb,” which is sad but true.
I think there is no question that Kawhi is now the greatest Raptor of all time. In his first year with the Raptors, he averaged 26.6 pts, 7.3 rebs, and 3.3 asts, while snagging an NBA Championship and Finals MVP. It was a whirlwind offseason after Raptors GM Masai Ujiri went out on a limb and traded fan favorite DeRozan for Kawhi last year. Many thought this was risky. At this point, regardless if he leaves, it was a huge payout.
I just don’t know how you can’t say Kawhi isn’t the greatest Raptor. He showed up via trade in New Balances and then ended the greatest NBA dynasty ever with Kyle Lowry as his second-hand man and a rookie head coach in Nick Nurse. That is legendary.
Change my mind.