After the aura around the Toronto Raptors felt slightly poisonous last season due to some clear friction on and off the court, new head coach Darko Rajakovic will try to get his team back on the right track in a 2023-24 campaign that will have wide-ranging implications for the entire franchise.
Before the Raptors open up their season on October 25 against Anthony Edwards and the Minnesota Timberwolves, Toronto must finish off their usual preseason gambit beforehand. These games have proven to be a fairly entertaining source of basketball for those who want to see what the back end of the bench will look like.
Not only will this preseason schedule give fans the first opportunity to see what Rajakovic’s offense will look like, but this series of exhibitions will feature Toronto locking horns with some of the best teams in the NBA and a top-level international squad.
It is the dawn of a new era for the league’s lone Canadian side, and they can use both training camp and their four-game preseason schedule to show the issues that plagued them last year are a thing of the past now that Rajakovic is in charge.
When does the Toronto Raptors training camp start?
Raptors training camp will take place in British Columbia rather than Ontario, as camp will start on October 3 at Christine Sinclair Community Center in Burnaby. This is the sixth time that Toronto has held their training camp in the Vancouver area and the eighth time they have done so in British Columbia as a whole.
Practices will be held from October 3 to October 7, with an open practice available for fans at Simon Fraser University on October 6. All of this precedes a preseason opener at the Rogers Centre in Vancouver against a Sacramento Kings fresh off earning the No. 3 seed last season.
Raptors preseason schedule 2023
From there, the Raptors will head back to Toronto on October 15 for a matchup with one of Australia’s best teams in the Cairns Taipans. Toronto will take on the Chicago Bulls on October 17 on the road before finishing their preseason schedule against the Washington Wizards on October 20.
While the Raptors may not put the gas pedal fully on the floor in the preseason, fans will likely be treated to standout performances from hungry two-way players and a brief glimpse at what young players like Scottie Barnes and Gradey Dick can do.