The Toronto Raptors had their best regular season ever in 2017-18, finishing top in the Eastern Conference for the first time in franchise history.
Only the Houston Rockets finished with a better record than the Raptors, and both teams were tied for the best home record in the NBA at 34-7.
Toronto will start their playoff push against the Washington Wizards on Saturday at the Air Canada Centre, and will have home-court advantage in the first three rounds of the playoffs.
(Editor’s note – And if they advance to the finals and face anyone other than Houston, they will have home-court advantage once again.)
After a historical season, it’s time to look back at some of the Raptors’ historical firsts throughout the team’s 22-year history.
THE EARLY YEARS
The First Year
Toronto was granted a conditional expansion team in September 1993, with the plan to become the NBA’s 28th team in 1995-96.
The Raptors’ first year in Toronto was almost the complete opposite of this year, as the expansion club finished 21-61. With a .256 winning percentage, Toronto compiled the third-worst record in the league, better than only the Philadelphia 76ers and the expansion Vancouver Grizzlies.
Two seasons later the Raptors would set a new franchise worst at 16-66, so the inaugural season stands as the second-lowest win total in team history.