Ranking every Toronto Raptors city edition jersey through the years

TAMPA, FLORIDA - MARCH 19: Pascal Siakam #43 of the Toronto Raptors (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FLORIDA - MARCH 19: Pascal Siakam #43 of the Toronto Raptors (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images) /
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The Toronto Raptors City Edition jerseys have become a walking paradox. Without fail every season, the Raptors simultaneously break out some very creative designs while boring fans to tears by using the same Drake-inspired gold and black color scheme in all their get-ups.

Toronto is such a unique and vibrant city that the Raptors could set new creativity standards every single year, but they continue to roll out the same color scheme for as long as the program has gone on. The classics stay classic for a reason, but some new blood could be appreciated.

Toronto’s new City Edition jersey will unveiled in a Friday matchup against the Boston Celtics. Toronto appears to have hit a solid double into the gap with their new uniforms, especially compared to the rest of the league. Where do they rank among the franchise’s past designs?

Ranking all Toronto Raptors City Edition jersey designs

7. 2022-23 City Edition Jersey

Could you make a more boring jersey if you tried? While there are some somewhat funky designs, this can’t save the fact that it has nothing that makes it pop. If you have to squint to see unique design aspects or need a long explanation as to what makes it special, that’s a problem.

6. 2020-21 City Edition Jersey

This jersey, which was ironically never worn in Toronto due to the COVID-19 pandemic and their Tampa sabbatical, was relatively bland. The Raptors went back to their old-school Toronto lettering, stuck a giant dinosaur claw mark on the shorts, and called it a day.

The shorts are a nice touch, but this feels like yet another wasted opportunity. The team’s “Earned” jerseys, which featured a very deep purple color and the chevron incorporated, run circles around this uniform. This year is where the lack of ideas started to show.

Toronto Raptors City Edition Jerseys Rankings: 2020 was a boring year.

5. 2019-20 City Edition Jersey

This is almost identical to what next year’s ended up being, except this one has the old-school dinosaur teeth above the nameplate and no funky designs on the shorts. This one slightly beats out what came after that, as the cleaner look seems to work here.

Any uniform that brings back elements from the original Raptors’ uniforms will get some bonus points, and Toronto managed to pull it off without getting too cluttered. With one more cool touch that sets it apart, this could have easily shot into the top four.