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.
42 GP, 4.2 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 13.8 MPG
Santa Cruz Warriors (G League)
20 GP, 11.8 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 22.2 MPG
82 GP, 11.0 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 28.7 MPG
Kentucky Wildcats (NCAA)
37 GP, 14.4 PPG, 5.1 APG, 33.7 MPG
Los Angeles Clippers
82 GP, 7.9 PPG, 3.2 APG, 27.0 MPG
73 GP, 9.9 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 19.1 MPG
Salt Lake City Stars (G League)
40 GP, 18.0 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 35.0 MPG
81 GP, 16.7 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 31.7 MPG
76 GP, 11.5 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 23.4 MPG
79 GP, 8.5 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 21.2 MPG
Philadelphia 76ers / Brooklyn Nets
41 GP, 4.4 PPG, 1.0 APG, 12.8 MPG
Portland Trail Blazers
53 GP, 5.8 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 20.2 MPG
82 GP, 17.7 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 36.3 MPG
* Two-way contract
CANADIAN PLAYERS' SCHEDULE
|Date||Visiting Team||Canadian Player/Coach|
|Wednesday, October 17||Cleveland Cavaliers||Tristan Thompson|
|Friday, October 19||Boston Celtics||Scott Morrison|
|Monday, October 22||Charlotte Hornets||Jay Triano / Nate Mitchell|
|Wednesday, October 24||Minnesota Timberwolves||Andrew Wiggins|
|Friday, October 26||Dallas Mavericks||Dwight Powell|
|Sunday, November 25||Miami Heat||Kelly Olynyk|
|Monday, December 3||Denver Nuggets||Jamal Murray, Trey Lyles|
|Wednesday, December 19||Indiana Pacers||Cory Joseph|
|Friday, December 21||Cleveland Cavaliers||Tristan Thompson|
|Tuesday, January 1||Utah Jazz||Naz Mitrou-Long|
|Sunday, January 6||Indiana Pacers||Cory Joseph|
|Saturday, January 19||Memphis Grizzlies||Dillion Brooks|
|Sunday, February 3||Los Angeles Clippers||Shai Gilgeous-Alexander|
|Sunday, February 24||Orlando Magic||Khem Birch|
|Tuesday, February 26||Boston Celtics||Scott Morrison|
|Friday, March 1||Portland Trail Blazers||Nik Stauskas|
|Sunday, March 24||Charlotte Hornets||Jay Triano / Nate Mitchell|
|Monday, April 1||Orlando Magic||Khem Birch|
|Sunday, April 7||Miami Heat||Kelly Olynyk|
With files from NBA