Canadian basketball players are becoming more sought after than ever. Over 24 Canadians played in the NBA this season. It is considered the most significant number of Canadians to set foot in the NBA and G-League.
At home, the Toronto Raptors have a few Canadians on their roster. Rexdale proud Dalano Banton picked 46th in the second round of the 2021 NBA draft. Banton became the first Canadian drafted by the Raptors.
The Raptors have a strong connection to Montreal in their roster. Khem Birch and Chris Bouchard made Montrealers proud.
The 514 connection runs deep in the NBA with Luguentz Dort playing in the Oklahoma City Thunder with Canadian teammate Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.
Gilgeous-Alexander’s cousin, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, currently plays for Utah Jazz.
“Maple Mamba” RJ Barrett Jr. cooked it up with the New York Knicks. Barrett Jr. posted a career-high 46 points against the Miami Heat in February. His 46-point game made Knicks history, becoming the most points by a Knicks player since Carmelo Anthony in 2014.
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In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of Canadians gaining a foothold in Division One’s top NCAA schools.
Shaedon Sharpe of London, ON was drafted number one in his class in 2022. Sharpe attended the University of Kentucky, where he did not play a single game. It’s unknown if Sharpe will be coming to Kentucky or drafting this season, but rumor has it he’ll finish in the top ten if he enters the draft.
Another Montreal pick, Benedict Mathurin, recently entered the NBA draft after dominating his season at Arizona University.