Our basketball players are taking over the NBA with a record 24 Canadian players this season
Canadian basketball players are more sought after than ever. This season, more than 24 Canadians have played in the NBA. He ranks as the most number of Canadians who have set foot in the NBA and G-League.
At home, the Toronto Raptors have a few Canadians on their roster. Rexdale-proud Dalano Banton was picked 46th in the second round of the 2021 NBA draft. Banton became the first The Canadian will be drafted by the Raptors.
The Raptors have a strong Montreal connection on their roster. Khem Birch and Chris Bouchard made Montrealers proud.
The 514 connection runs deep in the NBA with Luguentz Dort, who plays on the Oklahoma City Thunder with Canadian teammate Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.
Gilgeous-Alexander’s cousin, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, currently plays for the Utah Jazz.
“Maple Mamba” RJ Barrett Jr. laid it all together with the New York Knicks. Barrett Jr. dropped a career-high 46 points against the Miami Heat in February. His 46-point game made the Knicks history, becoming the most points scored by a Knicks player since Carmelo Anthony in 2014.
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Over the past few years, the number of Canadians entering top NCAA Division 1 schools has increased.
Shaedon Sharpe of London, Ont., was drafted number one in his class of 2022. Sharpe attended the University of Kentucky, where he didn’t play a game. It’s unclear whether Sharpe will attend Kentucky for this season or head to the draft, but it’s rumor has it that he will be ranked in the top ten if he declares himself for the repechage.
Another Montreal candidate, Benedict Mathurin, recently declared for the NBA draft after dominating his season at the University of Arizona.