The Toronto Raptors will begin their 24th NBA season with a new look.
Playing in the newly renamed Scotiabank Arena, they’ll have a new head coach and a new superstar on display.
Fans of both the Raptors and Spurs will have two dates circled on their calendars, as Kawhi Leonard makes his return to San Antonio on January 3. DeMar DeRozan will make his emotional return to Toronto one month later, on February 22.
Following training camp in Vancouver, with preseason contests on the west coast and Montreal, fans will get their first look at the team in games that matter at home to LeBron James’ former team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, on October 17.
LeBron makes his lone visit to Toronto on March 14, with his new team, the Los Angeles Lakers.
The defending champion Golden State Warriors play in Toronto just once, on November 29.
The longest homestand of the season is four games, following All-Star Weekend in Charlotte, from February 22 to March 1. The longest road trip is also four games, occurring on three occasions: November 2-7, November 16-21, and December 11-16.
Toronto has 12 back-to-back games this season, two fewer than last season.
The Raptors will be featured 15 times on national television in the United States (ESPN: 8, TNT: 7), up from just five last year, though they won’t be playing in any of the Christmas Day games.
The number of nationally televised games in the US featuring the Raptors is the most since Vince Carter’s heyday in 2001-02.