The Toronto Raptors are finally on the brink of starting what promises to be a very important 2023-24 season, as better results are needed following the disappointing way last campaign ended. The 82-game (or longer) journey begins with one step, which will be taken in the preseason.
The preseason slate has officially hit the basketball news wire, giving Raptors fans the first few crumbs of news in quite some time as it relates to actual competitive basketball. The Scottie Barnes show is ready to resume, and Gradey Dick will be properly unveiled.
The Raptors will suit up against a contender in the Western Conference from last season, one of the best non-North American teams in the world for an exhibition match, the team who ended Nick Nurse’s Raptors tenure, and a young squad hell-bent on proving themselves.
Toronto Raptors preseason schedule 2023
- October 8 vs. Sacramento Kings (Vancouver)
- October 15 vs. Cairns Taipans
- October 17 @ Chicago Bulls
- October 20 vs. Washington Wizards
The Raptors will have the benefit of two home games in this stretch, as well as a game in Vancouver that is sure to be packed to the brim with Canadian Raptors fans. The Taipans are one of the best the Australian NBL has to offer, and they should give Toronto a hard-fought game.
The Bulls and Wizards will be good measuring sticks for Toronto. With both of them trying to see which young players will have a chance of making it in their 2023-24 rotation, names like Jeff Dowtin, Markquis Nowell, and Javon Freeman-Liberty will be pushed from a competitive point of view.
While the preseason may not always be the best indicator of future success due to the fact that the best players very rarely suit up for heavy minutes in all these games, Raptors fans should still tune in to see exactly what new head coach Darko Rajakovic is going to unleash upon the NBA.