On Nov. 3, 1995, the expansion Toronto Raptors and Vancouver Grizzlies made their highly-anticipated NBA debuts.
Quite a lot has changed in the 25 years since.
Whereas the Raptors have gone on to establish themselves as one of the best franchises in the NBA, the Grizzlies lasted only six seasons in Vancouver before relocating to Memphis, where they still play to this day. It was a struggle from start to finish for the Grizzlies in Vancouver with the franchise posting a 101-359 record over six seasons.
Here's the SparkNotes version of those six seasons.
Arena: General Motors Place, Vancouver, British Columbia
First season: 1995-96 (15-67 record)
Best season: 2000-01 (23-59 record)
Worst season: 1998-99 (8-42 record)
Notable draft picks: Bryant Reeves (No. 6 in 1995), Shareef Abdur-Rahim (No. 3 in 1996), Antonio Daniels (No. 4 in 1997), Mike Bibby (No. 2 in 1998), Steve Francis (No. 2 in 1999), Stromile Swift (No. 2 in 2000), Shane Battier (No. 6 in 2001)
Head coaches: Brian Winters (1995-97), Stu Jackson (1997), Brian Hill (1997-99), Lionel Hollins (1999-00), Sidney Lowe (2000-01)
Team manager: Stu Jackson (1994-00), Billy Knight (2000-01)
Most games: Bryant Reeves (395 games)
Most points: Shareef Abdur-Rahim (7,801 points)
Most points scored in a game: 41 points by Bryant Reeves (Jan. 15, 1998)
Most rebounds: Shareef Abdur-Rahim (3,070 rebounds)
Most rebounds in a game: 22 rebounds by Shareef Abdur-Rahim (Feb. 6, 2000)
Most assists: Mike Bibby (1,675 assists)
Most assists in a game: 18 assists by Mike Bibby (Jan. 12, 2001)
Most steals: Shareef Abdur-Rahim (416 steals)
Most steals in a game: 7 steals by Greg Anthony (Jan. 28, 1997) and Mike Bibby (Jan. 16, 2000)
Most blocks: Shareef Abdur-Rahim (374 blocks)
Most blocks in a game: 7 blocks by Bryant Reeves (April 12, 1996)
Most 3s: Michael Dickerson (205 3-pointers)
Most 3s in a game: 8 made 3-pointers by Sam Mack (Feb. 14, 1999)
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