TWELVE CANADIANS ON NBA ROSTERS AS SEASON BEGINS TONIGHT

TORONTO, Ont. - With the NBA season set to begin tonight, Canada will once again carry the distinct honour of featuring the most international-born players for a season, an achievement the nation has earned four years in a row.

Out of a record 42 countries and territories, 12 Canadians will be on opening-night rosters and two-way contacts, with two of those players entering their first seasons in the league. 

A fresh crop of players will look to set their basketball careers in motion this season and continue the Canadian lineage as Dillon Brooks and Chris Boucher are both entering their rookie years.

Brooks, who played for the Oregon Ducks last season and was the winner of the 2017 Pac-12 Player of the Year award, was drafted 45th overall by the Memphis Grizzlies this summer.

His former teammate at Oregon, Boucher, signed a two-way contract with the Golden State Warriors after going undrafted. Boucher becomes one of a small handful of players to take advantage of the NBA's newest two-way contract policy and is the first ever international player to sign one. 

A bevy of NBA teams shuffled their rosters during the offseason. While some players opted to sign elsewhere during free agency, some were traded - including a few Canadians. 

Former Toronto Raptors guard Cory Joseph was a part of a trade over the summer with the Indiana Pacers, while third-year forward Trey Lyles was traded in June by the Utah Jazz to the Denver Nuggets.

After spending four seasons with the Boston Celtics, Kelly Olynyk signed a four-year contract during the offseason with the Miami Heat. Centre Khem Birch, who played in Greece last season with Olympiacos, is getting set to begin his first regular season in the league after signing with the Orlando Magic this summer.

A nation brimming with talent, Canada has effectively left its mark in the NBA sphere as a formidable force. From Steve Nash and Andrew Wiggins stockpiling prestigious hardware to Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph clasping the Larry O'Brien trophy as NBA champions, the country has produced an impressive collection of talent and is now entering a new frontier of basketball ascendancy.

NBA Players

 

           Name

Age

               2016-17 Team/Stats

Current Team

Khem Birch

25

  • Olympiacos (Greece)

  • 7.2 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 18.1 MPG, 37 GP

Orlando
Magic

*Chris Boucher

24

  • Oregon (NCAA)

  • 11.8 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 23.5 MPG, 31 GP

Golden State 
Warriors

Dillon Brooks

21

  • Oregon (NCAA)

  • 16.1 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 2.7 APG, 25.3 MPG, 35 GP

Memphis 
Grizzlies

Tyler Ennis

23

  • Los Angeles Lakers/Denver Nuggets

  • 4.3 PPG, 1.6 APG, 11.1 MPG, 53 GP

Los Angeles
Lakers

Cory Joseph

26

  • Toronto Raptors

  • 9.2 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 3.3 APG, 25 MPG, 80 GP

Indiana Pacers

Trey Lyles

21

  • Utah Jazz

  • 6.2 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 16.3 MPG, 71 GP

Denver Nuggets

Jamal Murray

20

  • Denver Nuggets

  • 9.8 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 2 APG, 21.5 MPG, 82 GP

Denver Nuggets

Kelly Olynyk

26

  • Boston Celtics

  • 9.0 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 1.9 APG, 20.5 MPG, 75 GP

Miami Heat

Dwight Powell

26

  • Dallas Mavericks

  • 6.7 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 17.3 MPG, 77 GP

Dallas Mavericks

Nik Stauskas

24

  • Philadelphia 76ers

  • 9.4 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 2.3 APG, 27.3 MPG, 80 GP

Philadelphia
76ers

Tristan Thompson

26

  • Cleveland Cavaliers

  • 8.0 PPG, 9.2 RPG, 1.0 BPG, 30 MPG, 78 GP

Cleveland 
Cavaliers

Andrew Wiggins

22

  • Minnesota Timberwolves

  • 23.5 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 2.3 APG, 37.2 MPG, 82 GP

Minnesota 
Timberwolves

*Two-way contract

NBA Coaches

 

Name

Team/Position

Jay Triano

  • Phoenix Suns

  • Associate Head Coach

Scott Morrison

  • Boston Celtics

  • Assistant Coach

Canadian Players' Schedule

Date

Raptors Opponent

Canadian Player

Oct 21Philadelphia 76ersNik Stauskas
Dec 1Indiana PacersCory Joseph
Dec 23Philadelphia 76ersNik Stauskas
Jan 9Miami HeatKelly Olynyk
Jan 11Cleveland CavaliersTristan Thompson
Jan 13Golden State WarriorsChris Boucher
Jan 28Los Angeles LakersTyler Ennis
Jan 30Minnesota TimberwolvesAndrew Wiggins
Feb 4Memphis GrizzliesDillon Brooks
Feb 13Miami HeatKelly Olynyk
Mar 16Dallas MavericksDwight Powell
Mar 27Denver NuggetsJamal Murray & Trey Lyles
Apr 6Indiana PacersCory Joseph
Apr 8Orlando MagicKhem Birch