Toronto Raptors: 30 greatest players of all-time

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13. Doug Christie

Doug Christie was an absolute constant for the Raptors in his four years with the team. A prototypical 3-and-D guy in today’s NBA, Christie was a solid starter for the Raptors who just locked down opposing players and knocked down 3-pointers.

Christie started in 299 games for Toronto and played 34 tough, gritty minutes per night.

Technically, Christie was the ultimate glue guy. He stuck around when the roster went through multiple looks, averaging a cool 14 points a game and knocking down a respectable 35-percent of his 3-point attempts in his four years. The percentage only went down in his last two years with the team, he was hitting over 39-percent in his first two seasons.

As previously mentioned, the Raptors went through multiple stars with Christie on the roster, including Marcus Camby who has already been mentioned, as well as Tracy McGrady and Damon Stoudamire, who both left the team in acrimonious circumstances after only spending a short amount of time with the team.

Christie, unlike the other stars, just stuck to his guns and got the job done. The 16-win team of 1997 might have been a lot worse had Christie not been here and alternatively, the 45-win team of 1999 might not have fared as well had Christie been somewhere else.

He did go on to become a four-time All-Defensive Team selection in Sacramento, including First Team selection in 2003. He perfected the art of defense in Sacramento, but he learned the ropes in Toronto.

Doug Christie, the Danny Green of the late nineties. The ultimate glue guy.