The five most influential people to the Toronto Raptors decade

This week's episode, Hunter does a solo podcast to discuss the people who most influenced the Toronto Raptors this decade.

This decade has been the most successful in Toronto Raptors franchise history. Year after year, it seemed like the team was making new strides not just as a team but as a franchise.

There are so many defining moments and defining people in the 2010s. Hunter tries to break it all down:

5. LeBron James

LeBron James was never a Raptor, but he had a huge impact on the franchise during this decade. Every time fans thought the team was ready to make a big playoff run, the King stepped in and shut it all down every single time.

He essentially got Dwane Casey fired and DeMar DeRozan traded, but I guess it was all for the better.

4. Kawhi Leonard

Yes, Kawhi was the main reason the Raptors won the championship in 2019, but he was only in Toronto for one season. That's just not enough for him to be higher on the list.

All the moments he brought to the city may have felt like a decade's worth, which just goes to show how good he was. There was the dunk on Giannis Antetokoumpo in the Conference Finals, the dominance against the Golden State Warriors, and obviously, there was the shot.

He's the most talented player in the franchise's history and helped bring something to the city that's never been done before.

3. Drake

The only person who's not basketball related on this list. The Raptors global ambassador has helped grow the country's team as his own brand expands.

He sits court-side at Raptors games, he interacts with players on and off the court and makes it known that he loves the team.

It goes beyond just his fame and fandom as he also partnered with the Raptors to help build basketball in Canada.

He may irk some people with his antics, but this decade of Raptors basketball can't be talked about without Drizzy.

2. Masai Ujiri

Ever since joining the Raptors in 2013, Masai Ujir has been making every right move. Whether it's trades, free agents or the draft, he's done well.

Usually, people in the front office aren't regarded as a coveted pick-up, but Masai has turned into just that during his time with the Raps.

1. Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan

The 2010s were this duo's decade. Both were at the peak of their powers and were the driving force for the Raptors' success.

The two combined lead pretty much every statistical category for the franchise and are at the top of just about everyone's list of "Best Raptors ever".

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You'd have to be crazy not to have them at the top of the most influential people on the Raptors of the past 10 years.