Leo Rautins has been on the Canadian basketball scene for more than 30 years as a player, broadcaster and ambassador of the game. He is now in his 21st season as television analyst for Raptors games. Rautins will handle the duties for all Sportsnet broadcasts, while working alongside Rod Black as studio analyst on TSN’s NBA Studio shows. He will also continue to provide pre- and postgame analysis for NBA TV Canada.
A 30-year veteran of television, radio and newspaper journalism, Rautins has worked Syracuse University basketball games on both radio and TV and has also covered NCAA, NBA and NBDL basketball for ESPN, ESPN 2 and ESPN Regional. Rautins covered the 1994 World Championships for CTV.
Rautins’ distinguished playing career began with the Canadian National Team from 1977-82, where he was the youngest player to make the national team at 16 years of age and was the first team-sport member to win the Canadian Junior Athlete of the Year Award. An outstanding college career at Syracuse resulted in Rautins becoming the 17th selection in the 1983 NBA Draft by Philadelphia, the highest Canadian selected at that time and first selected in the first round of the NBA Draft. He played with the Sixers and Atlanta Hawks before moving on to the Italian, Spanish and French professional leagues from 1985-92. From 1989 thru 1992, he again represented his country as a member of the Canadian National Team.
Most recently, Rautins was the head coach of the Canadian Men’s National Team from 2005-11, helping Canada reach the World Championships in 2010.
Rautins graduated from the prestigious S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse in 1983. His broadcasting career tipped off as radio analyst for Syracuse basketball and as a CBC radio broadcaster announcing games from the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.
Leo’s passion for the game is evident through his work. He has also represented the team at numerous basketball camps and youth clinics throughout his tenure with the Raptors.