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Donyell Marshall

The Ultimate Raptors Rankings are the RaptorBlog editors’ attempt to rank the top 30 Toronto Raptors of all time. These rankings are obviously somewhat arbitrary and endlessly debatable, but they’re based on each player’s contribution, performance and longevity as a Raptor, and on how beloved they are by Raptors fans. We’ll count down a new Raptor every Wednesday on this blog.

Donyell Marshall’s Raptors résumé:

  • Second in franchise history in 3Pt%, minimum 500 3PA
  • Third in franchise history in Player Efficiency Rating, minimum 4,000 MP

Who would you think of if I asked you to name some of the great “sixth men” in Raptors history. Dell Curry? Voshon Lenard? Jason Kapono? Yeesh. Manu Ginobili ain’t walkin’ through that virtual door. But Donyell Marshall did, and he is unquestionably the greatest sixth man this franchise has ever had.

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Charles Oakley

The Ultimate Raptors Rankings are the RaptorBlog editors’ attempt to rank the top 30 Toronto Raptors of all time. These rankings are obviously somewhat arbitrary and endlessly debatable, but they’re based on each player’s contribution, performance and longevity as a Raptor, and on how beloved they are by Raptors fans. We’ll count down a new Raptor every Wednesday on this blog.

Charles Oakley’s Raptors résumé:

  • 113-95 (.543) record in 208 starts as a Toronto Raptor
  • 30 double-doubles and one triple-double (10 points, 11 rebounds, 12 assists)
  • Sixth in franchise history, rebounds (1,655)

There are two players that I feel deserve to be called “icons” in the 16-season history of the Toronto Raptors franchise. I don’t need to tell you who the first one is. The second one is Charles Oakley.

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"The enigma of all enigmas"

The Ultimate Raptors Rankings are the RaptorBlog editors’ attempt to rank the top 30 Toronto Raptors of all time. These rankings are obviously somewhat arbitrary and endlessly debatable, but they’re based on each player’s contribution, performance and longevity as a Raptor, and on how beloved they are by Raptors fans. We’ll count down a new Raptor every Wednesday on this blog.

Andrea Bargnani’s Raptors résumé:

  • 4th on Raptors All-Time Scoring list, 6th on Points Per Game list
  • 5th on Raptors All-Time Rebounds and Blocks lists
  • 6th on Raptors All-Time Games Played and Minutes Played lists
  • Named to 2006-2007 NBA All Rookie Team

Looking at the numbers above, one might wonder why Andrea Bargnani didn’t crack the Top-10 on RaptorBlog’s list of the Top 30 Raptors in franchise history. But as many Raptors fans have come to realize over the last five years, when it comes to the man Bryan Colangelo dubbed “the enigma of all enigmas,” you must take the bad with the good.

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Jalen Rose

The Ultimate Raptors Rankings are the RaptorBlog editors’ attempt to rank the top 30 Toronto Raptors of all time. These rankings are obviously somewhat arbitrary and endlessly debatable, but they’re based on each player’s contribution, performance and longevity as a Raptor, and on how beloved they are by Raptors fans. We’ll count down a new Raptor every Wednesday on this blog.

Jalen Rose’s Raptors résumé:

  • Fourth in franchise history, points per game, minimum 100 games (16.2)

If I had to describe Jalen Rose’s Raptors tenure with one word, that word would be “crafty”. He wasn’t particularly athletic but he usually found a way to get where he wanted to go on the court, regardless of who was guarding him. He had this patented move where he’d post up and then use his arm to hook around the defender while he drove to the hoop. He’d usually get away with that move once or twice a game before he’d get called for it and then he’d react as though he had no idea what he just got called for. That never got old.

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The Ultimate Raptors Rankings are the RaptorBlog editors’ attempt to rank the top 30 Toronto Raptors of all time. These rankings are obviously somewhat arbitrary and endlessly debatable, but they’re based on each player’s contribution, performance and longevity as a Raptor, and on how beloved they are by Raptors fans. We’ll count down a new Raptor every Wednesday on this blog.

DeMar DeRozan’s Raptors résumé:

  • 8th on Raptors All Time Field Goal Percentage list
  • Averaged 17.2 points-per-game as a 21-year-old in his sophomore season
  • 2010 NBA Slam Dunk Competition runner-up
  • Participated in the 2011 All Star Rookie/Sophomore Challenge

I don’t know if the fact that a 22-year-old with only two years of NBA experience comes in at No. 15 on this list is a testament to the potential of young DeMar DeRozan, or is another in a long list of punch-lines for this sad franchise.

Nevertheless, DeRozan does deserve to be on this list, so let’s get on with it.

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