Why the 15th anniversary of the Vince Carter trade is the perfect time to put it into its new and complete perspective

Title: Why the 15th anniversary of the Vince Carter trade is the perfect time to put it into its new and complete perspective
Date: December 17, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis:  In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about the 15th anniversary of the Vince Carter trade, which no longer feels like it defines the Raptors.

With the Raptors competing in their 25th season, The Athletic will be running a series of features and interviews with and about memorable faces, voices and moments on the Raptors’ journey to becoming one of the league’s most lauded organizations. 

Today: The new legacy of the Vince Carter trade, on its 15 anniversary. 


The first trade the Toronto Raptors ever made was an inglorious one. After landing the first pick in the 1995 expansion draft, the Raptors selected B.J. Armstrong from the Chicago Bulls. When Armstrong refused to report, the team flipped him to the Golden State Warriors for a package of five players: Victor Alexander, Martin Lewis, Michael McDonald, Carlos Rogers and Dwayne Whitfield.

An expansion team picking up five potential roster players ahead of their first training camp wasn’t the worst outcome for their first, worst-case scenario. Lewis played 25 games over two seasons, Alexander was later flipped in a trade for Doug Christie, Whitfield made eight appearances before being cut and McDonald was at least a warm body for camp. Rogers became a mainstay of those early-years Raptors, playing two-and-a-half seasons and making a handful of starts before Damon Stoudamire’s departure necessitated he be thrown in a deal, too.

Check it out on The Athletic.

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