Record number of Canadians make NBA rosters this season

Dec 22 2020, 4:08 pm

A record-number of Canadians have made NBA opening night rosters, according to NBA Canada.

Officially, 17 players from Canada are on NBA rosters, but the number grows to 18 if you include Chris Boucher, who was born in Saint Lucia but grew up in Montreal and has played for the Canadian national team.

For a seventh consecutive year, Canada is second only to the United States in numbers of players in the league. Canada is also well ahead of other countries, such as France (9), Australia (8), Serbia (6), and Germany (6).

Canada is high on quality, as well as quantity, boasting young stars like Jamal Murray, Andrew Wiggins, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and RJ Barrett.

Name Team Hometown
Nickeil Alexander-Walker New Orleans Pelicans Toronto, ON
RJ Barrett New York Knicks Toronto, ON
Khem Birch Orlando Magic Montreal, QC
Chris Boucher Toronto Raptors Montreal, QC
Ignas Brazdeikis New York Knicks Oakville, ON
Dillon Brooks Memphis Grizzlies Missauga, ON
Brandon Clarke Memphis Grizzlies Vancouver, BC
Luguentz Dort Oklahoma City Thunder Montreal, QC
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Oklahoma City Thunder Toronto, ON
Cory Joseph Sacramento Kings Toronto, ON
Mfiondu Kabengele LA Clippers Burlington, ON
Trey Lyles San Antonio Spurs Saskatoon, SK
Mychal Mulder Golden State Warriors Windsor, ON
Jamal Murray Denver Nuggets Kitchener, ON
Kelly Olynyk Miami Heat Kamloops, BC
Dwight Powell Dallas Mavericks Toronto, ON
Tristan Thompson Boston Celtics Brampton, ON
Andrew Wiggins Golden State Warriors Toronto, ON

Canada’s list of players grows to 20 if you include players on two-way contracts, notably Nate Darling (Charlotte Hornets) and Karim Mane (Orlando Magic).

A total of 107 international players from 40 countries are featured on opening night rosters this season.

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