The Toronto Raptors have had only a handful of regular point guard in their brief history. Founded in 1995, Toronto’s three longest-tenured point guards – Alvin Williams, Jose Calderon, and Damon Stoudamire – top the list of the Raptors’ all-time assist leaders.
5. Doug Christie: 1,197 assists
Former four-time All-Defensive guard Doug Christie ranks fifth on the list of Toronto Raptors’ all-time assist leaders. Christie joined the Raptors in their inaugural 1995-96 seasons and remained on-board until 2000. In Toronto, Christie played the best basketball of his career, averaging 14.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 2.1 steals per contest. His career-high in assists came later as a member of the Kings when he dished out 4.7 per game in 2002-03. Christie remains the Raptors’ career steals leader with 664.
4. Vince Carter: 1,553 assists
Eight-time All-Star swingman Vince Carter is fourth among the Toronto Raptors’ all-time assist leaders. Drafted in 1998, Carter instantly became the Raptors’ franchise player. He averaged 23.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game in seven seasons as the team leader. His best assist year in Toronto was 2003-04 when he dished out 4.8 per game, an average he later surpassed with the Nets when he averaged 5.1 in 2007-08.
3. Damon Stoudamire: 1,761 assists
Ranking third on the Toronto Raptors’ all-time assist leaders list is the first ever draft pick in franchise history, Damon Stoudamire. Stoudamire took home the 1996 NBA Rookie of the Year Award as he opened his career with his all-time high in assists with 9.3 per game. That remains the highest single-season average in Raptors’ history and his 709 assists in 1996-97 are the team’s highest yearly total. In his brief 200 game stay in Toronto, Stoudamire averaged 19.6 points, 4.1 rebounds, 8.8 assists, and 1.5 steals.
2. Alvin Williams: 1,791 assists
Alvin Williams succeeded Damon Stoudamire as Toronto’s starting point guard in 1998 and he remains second on the Raptors’ all-time assist leaders list. Williams climbed the Raptors’ leader board through pure longevity, spending a franchise record eight seasons in Toronto. He averaged 9.3 points and 4.3 assists in 417 games with the Raptors. His top assist season came in 2001-02 when he piled up 5.7 assists per game.
1. Jose Calderon: 2,415 assists*
The Toronto Raptors’ all-time assist leader is current starting point guard Jose Calderon. Though inconsistent in recent years, Calderon has been the best pure play-maker the Raptors have ever had. For the last six years, he has been Toronto’s on again off again starting point guard with overall averages of 9.7 points and 6.6 assists through 369 games. He has finished in the top five in assists per game twice including a career best 8.9 in 2008-09.
*Indicates player is still active with the team
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