Before the first game of the season can tip off, the defending champions must receive their rings!
After winning their first-ever title in franchise history last season, the Toronto Raptors start the 2019-20 season with a ring ceremony and the raising of the championship banner!
Take a closer look at the stellar championship rings.
The Raptors' 2019 World Championship Rings were crafted by Canadian company Baron Championship Rings.
A historic ring for a historic accomplishment. #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/IZdkXQTj4B- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) October 22, 2019
The Raptors' 2019 World Championship Ring is the largest NBA Championship ring ever made and the face features the Larry O'Brien trophy centered over the iconic Toronto skyline, the team's NORTH chevron jersey logo, and the Scotiabank Arena.
The face of the ring is made up of 74 diamonds, representing the number of wins during the 2018-19 season, including one large diamond in the trophy to celebrate the team's first NBA Championship. Custom-cut baguette diamonds accentuate the iconic Toronto skyline.
The outer edge of the ring features 16 genuine natural rubies along with the jersey numbers of the team roster and is complimented by a unique cascade of diamonds. Both shoulders of the ring are set off by the inclusion of even more diamonds, with one side displaying each player's name and jersey number, while "WORLD CHAMPIONS", the NBA logo, and the Raptors logo complete the look on the opposite side. The inside of the ring features personalized messages unique to each player, a ruby set inside a Maple Leaf, and the Championship series scores.
The 2019 Raptors' championship ring is record setting on many accounts: the most diamonds of any professional championship ring with more than 640, the most diamond total carat weight (tcw) of any professional championship ring with more than 14 tcw, and the largest single diamond in any professional championship ring with a massive 1.25 carat diamond featured in the Larry O'Brien trophy. All of the gold and diamonds used to create the Raptors' 2019 World Championship Rings were sourced from Canada.
Our first will never be forgotten. #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/OCr0jOdj09- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) October 22, 2019
In partnership with Baron, the Raptors have created a fan collection of championship rings and commemorative items, available exclusively at RaptorsChampionshipRing.com for a limited time. The championship collection provides a special opportunity for fans to create their own customized ring to celebrate with our team.
"This isn't just a ring for the Raptors. It's a ring for the city of Toronto and the country of Canada," Kyle Lowry said. "The details in the ring reflect things that are important to us and are symbolic of our Championship season. I think it's one of the best rings in the history of the NBA."
While you're at it, watch all of your favourite Raptors and head coach Nick Nurse receive their rings.
Big team. Big rings. #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/0SzYsZZI7y- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) October 22, 2019
And last but not least, the raising of the banner at Scotiabank Arena.
Forever champions. #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/AiWVLaftiV- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) October 22, 2019