1. Damon Stoudamire, 1995-96
Stoudamire and Carter are the only two Raptors to win Rookie of the year, and while Carter has a case for the top spot given the impact that he had on the franchise, Stoudamire takes the top spot on this list considering he put up some ridiculous numbers despite being on an expansion team.
Stoudamire averaged 19.0 points per game and 9.3 assists per game in his first season in the NBA. That 9.3 number is even more significant because only Mark Jackson in 1987 and the immortal Oscar Robertson in 1960 recorded a higher assist per game average during their rookie season.
Damon Stoudamire was a star with the Toronto Raptors.
Stoudamire’s expert shooting, nifty penetration, and masterful passing would serve him well in a career that lasted 13 years. Unfortunately, most of them were not in Toronto, as a disgruntled Stoudamire was traded to Portland in the middle of his third season.
The Raptors didn’t do a ton of winning in the pre-Carter era, but Stoudamire was without question the team’s best player, and the Arizona standout went on to prove his quality several times over with some great Blazers teams. If only those dominant years could have been in Raptors purple…