They don’t call it “The Six” for nothing.
According to a report we touched upon earlier, the Toronto Raptors will be wearing a new alternate “stretch” uniform in the 2016-17 NBA season and, as we’ve learned since, will also be wearing a throwback look (no, not that one). With their four existing uniforms this will bring the total jersey count to six for the 2016-17 season.
The new “stretch” uniform will reportedly follow the colour and trim design of the current red away uniform while the lone change will involve the front wordmark. Our sources have told us that it will be a wordmark design to honour the Chinese New Year 2017 celebration. The NBA has taken part in this celebration for the past two seasons with the Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors, and Washington Wizards have all worn special alternate uniforms.
Using this information and speculation, I’ve put together a mock-up of what a Raptors Chinese New Year uniform might look like in 2017.
As for the throwback uniform? It looks like an homage to the old Toronto Huskies, Toronto’s first pro basketball team and an original member of the NBA during it’s inaugural season. In fact, the first game in league history was a match between the Huskies and New York Knicks at Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens; 2016-17 will be the 70th anniversary of that game and season. Previously worn during the 2009-10 season and 1996-97 season.
Unlike the 1997 and 2010 versions, this one looks like it’ll be blue:
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Additional photos courtesy of NBA.com, USA Today, and ESPN.com