Raptors 905 Named the NBA G League’s Franchise of the Year
Call it a lifetime achievement award of sorts, but it was most definitely deserved.
The Toronto Raptors have been lauded over the years for their incredible emphasis on player development. Their developmental grounds – the 905 – is where all the work behind the scenes occurs.
All-Star Pascal Siakam, the proud owner of the largest contract for an undrafted free agent Fred VanVleet, versatile shooting guard Norman Powell and plenty other names have walked through the Raptors G League system and have grown into exceptional NBA level talents. On Tuesday, the Raptors 905 were recognized for their success and were named the G League’s franchise of the year for the 2019-20 season.
The annual award is given to “the G League team which best exemplifies three core pillars: Compete with Intensity, Lead with Integrity and Inspire Play.”
An amazing achievement that comes from many years of hard work to establish the right foundation and culture.
“Just as Raptors 905 develops phenomenal players, like Fred and Pascal and Norman and Chris on the court, they also develop fantastic people off the court. Raptors 905 is an investment in our franchise, but it’s also an investment in basketball in Canada, a way for us to support growth of the game,” Raptors President Masai Ujiri said on Tuesday.
“We said when Raptors 905 started that we intended to make this the best franchise in the G League, and we are really proud that we’ve been recognized for that.”
The 905 will be one of the teams in the Orlando bubble and will kick of their abbreviated G League season on Wednesday night against the Rio Grande Vipers.