The Raptors went right down to the final shot in a seven-game series against Brooklyn last May before bowing out of the NBA playoffs. Now with a solid back court and some added depth for the new season, they aim to contend as one of basketball's fastest-rising teams.
Talented guard DeMar DeRozan is a key to the team's burgeoning confidence. He played on the United States' 2014 world championship squad, a tip-off to the respect he's earning around the NBA and beyond.
This Vine shows perhaps the best way to stop DeRozan.
As the lone Canadian team in the NBA, the Raptors identify with their We The North slogan as they continue to build their fan base.