When the Toronto Raptors made the re-signing of Fred VanVleet, they did so by sharing a slick mock-up of VanVleet wearing a previously never-before-seen uniform.
Look closely, and you'll recognize that this announcement served as the first reveal of the Raptors' October's Very Own (OVO) "City Edition" uniforms for the 2020-21 NBA season. The team continued the slow digital rollout, with a 360° look at the jersey.
"We look forward to the coming years with Fred as one of the voices and hearts of our team. We bet on Fred." - Masai Ujiri- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) November 24, 2020
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Nearly four months later, the Raptors are set to debut the "City Edition" uniforms when they host the Utah Jazz on March 19 at Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL.
Rockin' the Black & Gold tonight.- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) March 19, 2021
It's @TangerineHoops Raptors Game Day! pic.twitter.com/7eCoZtKjyt
As part of the "Welcome Toronto" initiative in collaboration with the franchise's global ambassador and multiplatinum recording artist Drake, the uniforms are part of a complete visual refresh the Raptors have undergone this offseason, as they previously revealed new "Icon," "Association," and "Statement" edition uniforms.
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Now, fans have gotten their first look at the "City" edition, initially teased in the far left of the above image as the gold-shaded silhouette.
The black uniforms, adorned with the classic gold OVO accents, feature the "Toronto" wordmark made popular on the team's first-ever uniforms as well as claw-mark motifs on the jersey and shorts.
One claw mark serves as an underline of the "Toronto" wordmark while the shorts feature three claw marks on the left leg, an addition that makes this uniform especially unique to the Raptors, while also differentiating this set from four previous iterations of the OVO uniforms.
The fifth uniform is "Earned Edition," which Nike released to commemorate the 16 teams that qualified for the postseason the previous year. As seen above, Toronto's "Earned" uniforms were teased to feature purple elements, throwing things back to when purple was a dominant part of the club's identity.
Inspired by the OGs.- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) March 10, 2021
The old school, whose day one belief carried us to where we are today.
Earned Edition - Available for pre-sale Mar 18 at 10:00am pic.twitter.com/1Kl4t84H4r
For more on when the Raptors are slated to wear each of their five uniforms, head over to NBA LockerVision.
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