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Dinos & Digits: Looking at Raptors All-Star History

This week, we remember the storied past of the Raptors during All-Star Weekend.

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Welcome back to Dinos & Digits, a column where we dive into the box scores and find five interesting or strange Raptors statistics and put them on front street for discussion.

We like to explore a mix of both individual player and team statistics, ranging from raw box score numbers to some interesting and funky advanced metrics. The goal is to present the numbers without too much opinion attached, leaving those debates for the comment section.

OK, let's get down to it. Here are this week's interesting digits:

The Toronto Raptors have had five different All-Stars in team history and each of them has started the game at least once.

Vince Carter started in 2000, 2001, and 2004, Antonio Davis started (as an injury replacement) in 2001, Chris Bosh started in 2007 and 2008, Kyle Lowry started in 2016, and now DeMar DeRozan will make his first All-Star start this year.

Kyle Lowry holds the records for the most assists (10 in 2016), steals (4 in 2015), three-pointers (4 in 2016), and turnovers (6 in 2016) ever recorded in an All-Star game by a Raptor.

Chris Bosh holds the Raptor records for minutes (29.1 in 2010), points (23 in 2010), and rebounds (10 in 2010) in a single All-Star game, while Lowry (2016), Vince Carter (2001), and Antonio Davis (2001) all recorded one block once.

Vince Carter is the Raptors’ all-time leader in total All-Star points scored with 48 (four appearances).

Kyle Lowry (24) and DeMar DeRozan (26) have 50 combined points over their combined four appearances (two apiece).

Kyle Lowry is taking part in his second consecutive Three-Point Contest, becoming only the second Raptor to ever enter the competition multiple times.

Walt Williams was the team's first ever representative in 1997, while Jason Kapono was the team’s other multi-year contestant, participating in both the 2008 and 2009 editions of the competition.

Kapono’s winning mark of 25-for-30 scored in the finals of the 2008 contest remains tied with Craig Hodges’ 1986 performance (also 25/30) as the all-time best score in the competition for any round (by percentage, considering both Stephen Curry [2015] and Klay Thompson [2016] have gone 27-for-34 since the contest introduced an “all money ball” rack).

On top of 17 All-Star selections (between five guys) and five Three-Point Contest entrees (between three), the Raptors have had 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.

All stats courtesy of basketball-reference.com and RealGM.com.