1. Small forward/shooting guard – Vince Carter
Vince Carter is the best draft pick the Toronto Raptors ever made, the most exciting player they ever employed, and simultaneously the most hated alumni in team history. The vitriol spewed toward Carter, for the way he exited town in the worst trade ever executed by the Raptors, turned to admiration once again over the last few years.
Now retired, the player known in Toronto as “Air Canada” or “Half Man, Half Amazing” was acquired on draft night at the1998 NBA Draft when the Raptors swapped their pick, Antawn Jamison, for his North Carolina Tar Heel teammate Vince Carter.
Vince Carter would electrify the Toronto fanbase for 6 and half seasons with jaw-dropping dunks. Perhaps his most famous dunk, other than his slam-dunk contest-winning efforts in 2000, was at the Summer Olympics when he quite literally leaped over a vertical seven-foot Frederic Weis of France and at full stretch posterized the French big man as depicted below.
Vince Carter had a profound generational impact on basketball in Canada, as documented in the film, the “Carter Effect.”