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Toronto Raptors aiming to treat fans again

With their season opener coming two days before Halloween, Wednesday, October 29 as they host the Atlanta Hawks, the Toronto Raptors hope to pick up where they left off last season in terms of pleasing and entertaining their fans.

We The North video teases upcoming season

DeMar DeRozan, left, driving against the New York Knicks in the pre-season, will be one of the toughest Raptors to stop as the team strives ti improve on last year's finish. (Alex Goodlett/ Getty Images)

With their season opener coming two days before Halloween, Wednesday, October 29 as they host the Atlanta Hawks, the Toronto Raptors hope to pick up where they left off last season in terms of pleasing and entertaining their fans.

The Raptors went right down to the final shot in a seven-game series against Brooklyn last May before bowing out of the NBA playoffs. Now with a solid back court and some added depth for the new season, they aim to contend as one of basketball's fastest-rising teams.

Talented guard DeMar DeRozan is a key to the team's burgeoning confidence. He played on the United States' 2014 world championship squad, a tip-off to the respect he's earning around the NBA and beyond.

This Vine shows perhaps the best way to stop DeRozan.

As the lone Canadian team in the NBA, the Raptors identify with their We The North slogan as they continue to build their fan base.

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