As part of a promotional tweet that included star point guard Fred VanVleet, the Toronto Raptors unveiled their City Edition uniforms for the 2020-21 NBA season.
We're all in on @FredVanVleet. #BetOnYourself pic.twitter.com/Ecry0XTNDy
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) November 24, 2020
With their black colorway and script lettering across the front, Toronto’s City Edition kits look sleek. Their choice of VanVleet as the cover star in this image should come as no surprise, as the the 26-year-old guard made headlines by re-signing with the team earlier this week.
According to NBA.com, the concept for these new kits was a collaborative effort between MLSE’s in-house design team and Nike. The new uniforms are actually made of recycled PET bottles, a combination of Alpha Yarns and recycled polyester. Each kit represents approximately 20 recycled bottles.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, VanVleet agreed to the terms of a four-year, $85 million deal to stay with in Toronto with the Raptors. And now he’s the face of this latest promotion.
VanVleet's contract includes a player option in the fourth season, sources said. His agency, @ParLay_SE, has done $145M in contracts over last two days. https://t.co/8f7R6ota5M
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 21, 2020
VanVleet has been a solid option for the Raptors for quite a while, which is likely why they were intent on bringing him back into the fold. In his 54 appearances last regular season, the former Wichita State standout racked up averages of 17.6 points on 41.3 percent shooting from the field (39.0 percent from beyond the arc), 6.6 assists and 3.8 rebounds.
Though the Raptors finished with a 53-19 overall record and the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs, they were ultimately sent home by the Boston Celtics in the second round, 4-3.
Let’s see which dates the Raptors choose to wear these new kits in the coming season.