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Raptors ticket sales up 5% despite Kawhi Leonard departure

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Following a historic NBA title run in the 2018-19 season, the Toronto Raptors did not exactly have the most ideal of summers. This was primarily brought about by the departure of Kawhi Leonard, who now plies his trade as a member of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Nonetheless, despite the exit of the reigning Finals MVP, Toronto’s ticket sales have actually gone up as compared to the previous season. This is via Jordan Horrobin of Forbes.

It would be easy to expect the same drop-off in ticket sales. The NBA is a star-driven league and the Raptors lost their brightest star. Yet according to data from StubHub Canada, Raptors ticket sales are up five percent from last year, resulting in the fifth-highest average ticket price in the NBA ($182.13).

This is indeed quite an unexpected development following Kawhi’s move out West, but then again, this is Toronto we’re talking about here, and as they have proven over last season’s marvelous playoff run, this team has one of the best fan bases in the entire league.

The whole nation of Canada got behind the Raptors in what was an historic postseason for the squad last season, and as it turns out, the fans are still very much interested about what their team will do this year sans their former superstar.

Toronto kicks off the NBA season on Tuesday, as they host a revamped New Orleans Pelicans side in the Scotia Bank Arena.

Unfortunately, highly-touted rookie sensation Zion Williamson will not be making his NBA debut due to a knee injury, but despite this setback, we should still be in store for quite an opening night matchup.