Dennis Schroder accidentally leaks Raptors City Edition jersey

OKINAWA, JAPAN - AUGUST 27: Dennis Schroder #17 of Germany (Photo by Takashi Aoyama/Getty Images)
OKINAWA, JAPAN - AUGUST 27: Dennis Schroder #17 of Germany (Photo by Takashi Aoyama/Getty Images) /

The Toronto Raptors’ uniform choices have always been the subject of much consternation among the fanbase, as the decision to continually use gold as an alternate color due to their “cultural ambassador” affiliation with Drake has ruffled some feathers.

While the team’s City Edition jerseys over the years have featured some very slick designs (the 2021 versions being a particular standout due to the old-school dinosaur front and center on the uniform), fans have to be getting upset with the lack of creativity being shown for almost a decade.

Unfortunately, fans hoping for any sort of new design have been let down once again. If some leaks that have percolated onto the internet are to be believed, it will be the same old aesthetic song and dance for this team.

In a since-deleted Instagram story from new arrival Dennis Schroder, the Raptors’ new City Edition jerseys were very briefly leaked. This year’s uni features an all-gold front with black accents instead of the traditional black with gold accents. The mid-2010s “Toronto” lettering is coming back on the front of the jersey.

Dennis Schroder leaks 2023 Toronto Raptors City Edition jersey

Much like the original Raptors jerseys, the pinstripes going down the front appear to be jagged. That’s a nice touch to the old unis, even if everything else can appear to be a bit generic and bland. The bright gold can make for a disorienting visual experience if they play another colorful team.

While the jerseys look fine, and they avoided going into the horrible tier alongside teams like the Bulls, this feels like playing it safe from a design point of view. Toronto is such a bold, vibrant, diverse city. Why have they just rearranged the proverbial deck chairs for years?

Fans can at least take solace in the fact the team that will suit up in those uniforms has the potential to be very exciting. If Scottie Barnes is the type of player the Raptors believe he can be and Toronto gets Pascal Siakam playing like an All-Star, those gold jerseys could see plenty of victories coming their way.

Maybe one day, the Raptors will realize they could get 30 years’ worth of unique jersey designs based solely on the unique community they call home. Until then, they will try out every combination and permutation of black and gold as part of their attempt to stay cool with Drake.