The real season begins now, with the Raptors 905 set to take on the Canton Charge in the first round of the D-League playoffs, which is a best-of-three series.
Before we get to the playoffs, let’s look back on what was one of the most successful regular seasons in D-League history, which saw the 905 post a D-League best, 39-11 record.
Where Would The 905 Be Without Brady Heslip?
Heslip made 182 three pointers on the season, and averaged 16 points per game in 48 games played. Brady shot just under 42% from beyond the arc, making him an integral part of the Raptors 905’s offence. Here’s a look back at some of Heslip’s deep shots.
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Depth From Top To Bottom
The 905 were the number one team in the D-League for many reasons, one in particular was their depth. The 905 had seven regulars average over 20 minutes a night on the season.
The Raptors 905 topped off an incredible campaign by setting a D-League record for most road victories in a season with 21. This happened in just the 905’s second season in the D-League.
Help From Above
The Toronto Raptors have clinched their fourth straight playoff appearance, and some key contributors to the big club have spurts of greatness down with the 905.
Fred VanVleet: In 16 Games with the 905, VanVleet averaged just under 17 points per game, while distributing over seven assists per contest.
Delon Wright: In five games with the 905, Wright shot 43% from the field, good for just under 13 points per game.
Pascal Siakam: In five games with the 905, Siakam dominated the D-League, averaging over 18 points per game and adding eight boards a game.
Jakob Poeltl: In two games with the 905, Poeltl averaged 33.5 minutes per game, pouring in 16 points per game, three blocks and 13 boards a night.
Missed some games? Check out some of the 905’s best performances
Friday November 18th-Hot out of the Gate: The Raptors 905 tipped off the season with a win on Opening Night at the Hershey Centre, beating the Greensboro Swarm 100-87. Sunday November 20th-All hands-on deck: The 905 make it two straight wins to start the season, beating the Long Island Nets 117-83. The 905 were hot up and down the line-up with eight players finishing with double-digit points.
Thursday December 1st to Saturday December 17-Streak of Seven: With a win against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the Raptors 905 started a seven-game win streak that spanned over sixteen days. During the streak, the 905 outscored opponents by 84 points.
Wednesday January 18-Outrageous Output: On this day, the Raptors 905 scored a season high 135 points in their 135-122 win over the Grand Rapids Drive. Axel Toupane led the way with 23 points, while seven other 905 players had double-digit scores.
Wednesday January 6th-Saturday February 4th-Oh look another streak: After a win on January 6th, the 905 did not lose again for 28 days, stringing together a season high 10 straight wins.
Wednesday March 1st-Hitting the Road: The Raptors headed to the West coast for a season long five-game road trip spanned over nine days. The trip got underway against the Northern Arizona Suns and the 905 pulled in a 102-97 win. Saturday March 4th-Best on Best Battle: In a battle of the best team from both conferences, the 905 became the undisputed top team in the league with a 111-104 win over the Los Angeles D-Fenders.
Monday March 13-Big Crowd at the Big House: After going 3-2 on the west coast, the 905 headed to the Six to host the Austin Spurs at the ACC. The 905 picked up the 116-87 win in front of the biggest crowd in D-League history, with 18,099 fans in attendance.
Saturday March 18th-Sharing the Rock: In the 905’s 120-105 win over the Long Island Nets, they combined for 39 team assists. With the offence running so smoothly, Head Coach Jerry Stackhouse had this to say after the win. “It’s beautiful to watch. Our offence is really fun to play in, fun to watch right now. Everybody’s sharing the ball.” Said 905 Head Coach Jerry Stackhouse after the win
With the win, the Raptors 905 clinched the Central Division and the franchises first playoff birth.
Friday March 31-Finale: The Raptors finished the season in Delaware, with a 123-103 win over the 87ers. The win was the 39th win for the Raptors, beating last years total by 13. With the win, the 905 became the first team in D-League history to record 21 wins on the road.