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Vince Carter's first year in the NBA and with the Raptors was Toronto's last season in their much beloved dinosaur jersey. Carter made sure it was a memorable one. He was named Rookie of the Month twice and at the season's end was named Rookie of the Year. His 18.3 points per game and explosive dunks went a long way towards not only Carter's ROY award but also to his placement on the 1998-99 All Rookie First Team.
Founded in '95 as part of the NBA's Canada expansion, the Toronto Raptors name pays homage to the success of the '93 Jurassic Park film. The team quickly became fan favourites with recognizable purple team colours. In 2008, the Raptors replaced the purple with red, before the original "Raptor" with an alternative logo of raptor claws holding a basketball in 2015.