The Toronto Raptors 2019-20 season will almost certainly feel like a letdown after the defending NBA champions lost Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green in free agency this offseason. But even in a season that's likely to feel frustrating when compared to the most successful season in franchise history, the NBA's lone Canadian team may still be the most aesthetically pleasing team to watch.
Friday, the Raptors Twitter account teased the return of the team's original white "Dino" jerseys for 2019-20 season, which will be the 25th in franchise history:
The tweet, probably on purpose, is vague. In the 2014-15 season, the Raptors wore the purple version of this jersey for a few home games, as they celebrated the 20th anniversary of the franchise. Presumably, the white jersey will return in a similar form:
Perhaps the most noteworthy part about the return of the white "Dino" jerseys is that they were last worn as the team's full-time home jerseys in 1998-99, Vince Carter's rookie season. Carter hasn't played for the Raptors since the mid-2000s, but 2019-20 will be his final NBA season. Even though he now plays for the Atlanta Hawks, it's quite the coincidence for the most popular jerseys in franchise history to make a mini comeback in the final season of the most popular player in the history of the team's career.