Raptors 905 Take Down Vipers to Win First D-League Title
The best team in the GTA are the Raptors 905, the NBA D-League affiliate of the Toronto Raptors. And they have a championship trophy to prove it.
On Thursday night, in the franchise’s second season the 905 saw an offensive explosion as they took down the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in a series-deciding Game 3 by a score of 121-96 to win the D-League championship.
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With the win, the legend of Bruno Caboclo continues to grow. The 2014 Draft’s 20th overall pick, once famously dubbed “two years away from being two years away” dropped a career-high 31-points on 11-of-16 shooting from the field. He made five three-pointers and grabbed nine boards in the winning effort.
“I just tried to play normal and was focused on getting stops and making my shots, playing a little more aggressive and I had a big game,” said Caboclo. “I’m developing, I’m growing as a basketball player and I have more to show here—much more to show.”
A couple other Raptors helped bring the trophy home to Mississauga. Fred VanVleet scored 28-points while dishing out a career-high 14-assists, while Pascal Siakam, Game 2’s hero, added 17-points and seven rebounds en route to being named the D-League Finals Most Valuable Player.
“I went from starting, to not playing at all, to playing in the D League and it was tough and just shows how tough the season can be for a rookie but I just stuck with it, man,” explained Siakam. “To me it’s all about them [his team] they worked so hard and what makes me happy is that I can help them in accomplishing their goals.”
The value of the 905 can never be overstated. This is the Toronto Raptors’ developing grounds. Where young prospects are turned into NBA calibre talent and this is exactly what Masai Ujiri had in mind when the concept of the 905 became reality.
The 905 finished the playoffs with a 6-1 record, winning all four of their games on home turf.
The 905 ended their first season at 23-27. One year later – they are champions!