Welcome back to Dinos & Digits, a place where we dive into the box scores and find five interesting or strange Raptors statistics and put them on front street for discussion. There will be a mix of both individual player and team statistics to explore, ranging from raw box score numbers to some interesting and funky advanced metrics.
With the All-Star game hitting Toronto for the first time this coming weekend, we figured we'd take a look back at Raptor involvement in previous All-Star games and make all of this week's stats revolve around that.
So, let's get down to it. Here are this week's interesting digits:
Kyle Lowry (2) and DeMar DeRozan (2) join Vince Carter (5) and Chris Bosh (5) as the only Raptors in franchise history to represent Toronto in multiple All-Star games.
Lowry and DeRozan also simultaneously move into a tie for the third-most selections ever by a Raptor. The only All-Star selection that the team has had outside those four guys? Antonio Davis, whose one selection was as an injury replacement.
On that note, this is only the second time that there have been two Raptors in the same All-Star game, with the only other time being when Carter and Davis started together in 2000-01.
In Chris Bosh's final season in Toronto in 2009-10, he set the records for the most point (23) and rebounds (10) ever recorded in an All-Star Game by a Raptor.
He also tossed in one assist and two steals, while shooting 9-for-16 from the field and 5-for-7 from the line.
He was in the running for All-Star MVP, but future teammate Dwyane Wade beat him out with 28 points on 12-for-18 shooting from the field and 4-for-6 from the line, to go along with six rebounds, 11 assists, and five steals.
Kyle Lowry set three separate Raptors franchise records himself in his only other All-Star Game in 2014-15, racking up eight assists, four steals, and two threes.
Those two triples came on 11 attempts, but we'll let that detail go.
Kyle Lowry's involvement in the Three-Point Contest marks only the fourth time a Raptor has ever taken part in the competition.
Walt Williams was the team's first ever representative in 1996-97, while Jason Kapono was a contestant in 2007-08 and 2008-09.
Kapono won the contest in 2006-07 as a member of the Miami Heat and defended his title with another win in 2007-08, his first appearance as a Raptor. In 2008-09, he lost in the finals to Daequan Cook, just falling short of joining Larry Bird and Craig Hodges as the only three-time winners in NBA history.
While we're listing appearances related to All-Star Weekend, on top of 15 All-Star selections (between five guys) and four Three-Point Contest entrees (between three), there have also been 13 appearances in the Rising Stars Challenge (between 11 players), seven Slam Dunk Contest entrees (between five), and two Raptors that have appeared once each in the Skills Challenge.
Of all those appearances, Damon Stoudamire won the Rising Stars Challenge MVP in the Raptors' inaugural season in 1995-96, Jason Kapono won the Three-Point Contest in 2007-08, and Vince Carter and Terrence Ross each won a Slam Dunk Contest, in 2000 and 2013, respectively.