13 CANADIANS ON NBA ROSTERS AS SEASON BEGINS TONIGHT | Canada Basketball

13 CANADIANS ON NBA ROSTERS AS SEASON BEGINS TONIGHT

TORONTO, Ont. (October 16, 2018) – As the NBA regular season begins tonight, Canada once again features the most international-born players on opening-night rosters, an achievement the nation has now earned five years in a row.

Out of a record-tying 42 countries and territories, there are 108 international players on opening-night rosters, including 11 Canadians.  

In addition, there are six international players, including two Canadians, on “two-way” contracts.  These contracts allow two-way players to be with their NBA parent team for up to 45 days, spending most of the season in the NBA G League.

This marks the fifth consecutive season that opening-night rosters feature at least 100 international players and that all 30 teams have at least one international player.

There has been at least one Canadian player selected in the past nine drafts and in 2018, Kentucky guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Hamilton, Ont.) and Maryland forward Justin Jackson (Toronto, Ont.) became the 26th and 27th Canadians selected in the draft since 1983.

Gilgeous-Alexander, who played for the Kentucky Wildcats last season, was drafted 11th overall by the Charlotte Hornets before being traded to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Jamal Murray (Denver Nuggets; Canada; BWB Global 2015) is just one of a record 26 former Basketball Without Borders (BWB) campers on opening-night rosters.  BWB is the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program that has seen more than 55 former campers drafted into the NBA or signed as free agents since 2001.

Two Canadians will find themselves in new uniforms when the season tips-off tonight.  Chris Boucher, who spent last season as a two-way player with the Golden State Warriors, is on a two-way contract with the Toronto Raptors, while Nik Stauskas, who played in both Philadelphia and Brooklyn in 2017-18, signed with the Portland Trail Blazers in the offseason.

Dwight Powell’s Dallas Mavericks have an NBA-high seven international players.

NBA PLAYERS

 

           Name

Age

2017-18 Team/Stats

Current Team

KHEM BIRCH

26

Orlando Magic

 

42 GP, 4.2 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 13.8 MPG

Orlando
Magic

*CHRIS BOUCHER

25

Santa Cruz Warriors (G League)

 

20 GP, 11.8 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 22.2 MPG

Toronto Raptors

DILLON BROOKS

22

Memphis Grizzlies

 

82 GP, 11.0 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 28.7 MPG

Memphis 
Grizzlies

SHAI GILGEOUS-ALEXANDER

20

Kentucky Wildcats (NCAA)

 

37 GP, 14.4 PPG, 5.1 APG, 33.7 MPG

 

Los Angeles Clippers

CORY JOSEPH

27

Indiana Pacers

 

82 GP, 7.9 PPG, 3.2 APG, 27.0 MPG

Indiana Pacers

TREY LYLES

22

Denver Nuggets

 

73 GP, 9.9 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 19.1 MPG

Denver Nuggets

*NAZ MITROU-LONG

25

Salt Lake City Stars (G League)

 

40 GP, 18.0 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 35.0 MPG

Utah Jazz

JAMAL MURRAY

21

Denver Nuggets

 

81 GP, 16.7 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 31.7 MPG

Denver Nuggets

KELLY OLYNYK

27

Miami Heat

 

76 GP, 11.5 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 23.4 MPG

Miami Heat

DWIGHT POWELL

27

Dallas Mavericks

 

79 GP, 8.5 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 21.2 MPG

Dallas Mavericks

NIK STAUSKAS

25

Philadelphia 76ers / Brooklyn Nets

 

41 GP, 4.4 PPG, 1.0 APG, 12.8 MPG

Portland Trail Blazers

TRISTAN THOMPSON

27

Cleveland Cavaliers

 

53 GP, 5.8 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 20.2 MPG

Cleveland 
Cavaliers

ANDREW WIGGINS

23

Minnesota Timberwolves

 

82 GP, 17.7 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 36.3 MPG

Minnesota 
Timberwolves

* Two-way contract

CANADIAN PLAYERS' SCHEDULE

DateVisiting TeamCanadian Player/Coach
Wednesday, October 17Cleveland CavaliersTristan Thompson
Friday, October 19Boston CelticsScott Morrison
Monday, October 22Charlotte HornetsJay Triano / Nate Mitchell
Wednesday, October 24Minnesota TimberwolvesAndrew Wiggins
Friday, October 26Dallas MavericksDwight Powell
Sunday, November 25Miami HeatKelly Olynyk
Monday, December 3Denver NuggetsJamal Murray, Trey Lyles
Wednesday, December 19Indiana PacersCory Joseph
Friday, December 21Cleveland CavaliersTristan Thompson
Tuesday, January 1Utah JazzNaz Mitrou-Long
Sunday, January 6Indiana PacersCory Joseph
Saturday, January 19Memphis Grizzlies Dillion Brooks
Sunday, February 3Los Angeles ClippersShai Gilgeous-Alexander
Sunday, February 24Orlando MagicKhem Birch
Tuesday, February 26Boston CelticsScott Morrison
Friday, March 1Portland Trail BlazersNik Stauskas
Sunday, March 24Charlotte HornetsJay Triano / Nate Mitchell
Monday, April 1Orlando MagicKhem Birch
Sunday, April 7Miami HeatKelly Olynyk

With files from NBA