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Complete list of Canadians playing in the 2017 NBA Summer League.

Top Canadian prospects will look to secure roster spots at the Orlando, Utah and Las Vegas Summer Leagues. Canada once again ranks as the top nation with the most players on summer league rosters, a fact that is not entirely surprising given that we also rank at the top of the list with the most active internationals on regular season rosters. France and Australia sub-sequentially trail Canada and continue to develop to caliber players and will continue to see their number NBA rise via Draft, and summer league pick-ups and acquisitions.

The list is heavy stacked at the guard position with several former NCAA point guards who are back for their second straight stints. Led by Kevin Pangos (Zalgiris, LTH/Gonzaga) and Olivier Hanlan (Le Mans, FRA/Boston College). Newcomers include Memphis Grizzlies 45th selection Dillon Brooks, the only Canadian taken in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Two other players with strong ties to Canada but not included in the list include 2016 Lottery pick Thon Maker (10th overall/Milwaukee Bucks) and 18-year french national Tidjane Keita who played for Thetford Academy in Thetford, Quebec and will running with the Toronto Raptors in Vegas summer league.

PlayerTeamVenuePOSHTWTHometownDOBCollege/Country2016-17 Team2016-17 League
Kyle WiltjerLACVegasPF6'10"240 Portland, OR10/20/92GonzagaHouston RocketsNBA
Dillon BrooksMEMVegasSF6'7"215Mississauga, ON01/22/96Oregon Oregon NCAA Division I
Xavier Rathan-MayesNYKOrlandoSG6'4" 208Scarborough, ON04/29/94Florida StateFlorida StateNCAA Division I
Olivier HanlanSANVegas/UtahG6'4190Aylmer, QC02/15/93Boston CollegeLe MansFrench Pro A
Justin EdwardsTORVegasG6'4200Whitby, ON10/31/92Kansas StateAlba FehervarHungarian NBIA
Kevin PangosWASVegasPG6'2185Holland, ON01/26/93GonzagaZalgirisLithuanian LKL
Dylan EnnisOKCOrlandoG6'2195Brampton, ON12/26/91Oregon Oregon NCAA Division I
Kris JosephCHAOrlandoSF6'7"220Montreal, QC12/17/1988SyracuseEnel BrindisiItalian Seria A
Naz Mitrou-LongIND/SACOrlando/VegasPG6'4203Mississauga, ON8/3/1993Iowa State Iowa State NCAA Division I
Stefan JankovicORLOrlandoPF6'11235Mississauga, ON8/4/1993Hawaii Erie Bay HawksNBA G-League
Mychal MulderTORVegasG6'4"187Windsor, ON6/12/1994KentuckyKentuckyNCAA Division I
Phillip ScrubbSACVegasSG6'4180Richmond, BC11/27/1992Carleton Fraport SkylinersGerman BBL
Jasonn HannibalWASVegasC7'0280Mississauga, ON5/5/1998Portland PilotsCorrecaminosMexican LNBP
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Additional names are expected to be announced in the coming days, if we have missed any names please don’t hesitate to drop a comment and share your opinion below.

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  1. thomas tittley

    June 27, 2017 at 16:16

    Kris Joseph will be playing for the Charlotte Hornets

    • Edilson J. Silva

      June 27, 2017 at 17:16

      Thanks Thomas! Much appreciated. List has been updated. Good to see Kris Joseph get another shot. Hopefully this translates to something bigger down the road.

  2. Frumble

    June 27, 2017 at 19:23

    I believe Naz Long will be playing for Indiana and Stefan Jankovic for Orlando.

    Also, are you sure Boucher is going to play for GS? I don’t think he has recovered sufficiently.

    • Edilson J. Silva

      June 28, 2017 at 09:24

      Thanks Frumble. Added both Naz “Nasty Nas” Long and Jankovic. Thought Jankovic left Hawaii a little earlier than expected. Hopefully he can stick it out. Definitely has the size and stroke-ability.
      Will hold off on Boucher until further details.

  3. Brian

    June 28, 2017 at 22:38

    Any word if Melvin Ejim and Khem Birch will be playing Summer League? Also what about the Bachynski brothers?

    • thomas tittley

      June 29, 2017 at 22:11

      Khem Birch is in talks with Brooklyn about a two year deal according to EuroHoops.com

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Is Isaiah Thomas IT For The Lakers?

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IT Came On A Hollywood Night

It’s All-Star break this weekend in Los Angeles, but the Lakers already have a new one since the trade deadline to lead their young core in the heart of the city. Even if Team LeBron didn’t pick him for Sundays pick up.

But how long will IT last?

Right now in the NBA the amount of movers is really putting the shakers on teams. So much so that in regards to loyalty in this league it’s even colder than the Olympics in Pyeonchang, South Korea right now. But then again it is the Winter after all. Recently Cleveland cleaned house and LeBron’s land for some Cavalier moves. Jettisoning several All-Star points for their changing of the guard. Including former MVP Derrick Rose, ‘Bron brodie Dwyane Wade back to the Heat of Miami, South Beach and even the guy they traded Kyrie for.

Yep that’s right after summer swapping Irving for Isaiah, the Cavs sent Thomas along with versatile big-man vet Channing Frye to Lakerland. In return they got the buckets of ‘Sixth Man’ sure thing Jordan Clarkson and another Akron hometown hero in the form of Larry Nance Jr.

And although the Lakers picked-up a certified All-Star with Iverson kill at will, little man syndrome scoring a lot of fans where left tweeting negative emojis and gifs following the deadline deal. And not because their new number seven seal was a former Boston Celtic great only a season ago. Or that the former tooth chipper is now a befallen superstar by way of injury. More that the Lake Show loved the young Ball, Ingram, Kuzma, Randle and Zubac core that has lost it’s first big time players of the future since the de-loading trade of D’Angelo Russell last summer.

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Clarkson was a class act and there from the luck of the late round steal start. Whereas when Nance Jr. ran the floor like his pops all the bleachers snapped shut, tilted up. Lakerland finally thought they would see their own slamming son represent them in the Slam Dunk Contest he should surely win now like father, like dunk today. But now he’ll be doing it all for one and one for all.

But with the fast tracked pace of the Lakers new speedy dynamite dynamo it could still be Showtime again for Magic’s men like when Earvin Johnson was kissing another Isiah Thomas hello in the golden era 80’s. But this Isaiah Thomas-so long as he can ball in the same backcourt as Ball once injury time gives way to the Lavar…excuse me the Lonzo Angeles Lakers-could attract even more free agents like the expected homecoming of Paul George from the Thunder to the purple reign this offseason. Even if rumour has a Black Panther/Killmonger like relationship between this point prince and the King of the Ohio land.

But if it’s between LeBron as a Laker or another one of James’ sidekicks than who do you think will hold the headlines for tomorrows Los Angeles Times? Especially as Isaiah could aim higher than coming off the bench this summer as a free agent without restriction himself. His big contract coming off the books with Channing’s (Frye not Hollywood’s Tatum), another big three big in Brook Lopez and another former All-Star in Luol Deng (yep…he’s still here).

All these multiples of millions would surely make for a kings ransom.

This could be it, so lets enjoy I.T. whilst he lasts.

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Nuggets Jamal Murray breaks Steven Adams Ankles with Filthy Handles

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Denver Nuggets Guard Jamal Murray breaks OKC Thunder center Steven Adams ankles with his filthy and deadly combination of handles and three-point shooting. Murray was sensational finishing with 33 points, 5 assists and 3 rebounds in a thrilling 127-124 victory. The Canadian guard (Kitchener, ON) is having the best year of his NBA career and has arguably become best Canadian basketball player in the NBA. The 6’4″, 207 lbs guard is flourishing under Head  Coach Mike Malone’s system and is averaging a respectable 16 points per game, 3.6 rebounds and 3 assists per game through 50 regular season games including a career-high 38-point outburst against the Portland Trail Blazers.

BTW. I can watch this all day!

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Like Father, Like Glove…Gary Payton II Makes Family Franchise History

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Like Father, Like Glove…Gary Payton II Makes Family Franchise History
The Gloves Are On For The Lakers.

From L.A. to South Bay the storied Lakers franchise has growing family ties rooted in their ever evolving modern history.

There’s the Walton. Son of Bill, former player and now coach Luuuuke. The Slam Dunk king he runs lay-up line plays for Larry Nance Jr. like his 80’s dunk champ dad. And even former player and D-League, South Bay coach Coby Karl, son of the legendary George Karl.

And then there’s the Glove story.

All trash talking, stop you from scoring, Seattle Supersonics NBA legend Gary Payton joined the Lakers with fellow golden era 90’s great post mailman, Karl Malone to try to get one more ring at the end of the Shaq and Kobe era. Payton ended up getting one with Shaq in the talented South Beach pool of Miami before the G retired. But now the gloves son and fellow Beaver, Gary Payton II (there’s a Tim Hardaway Jr. trend for NBA legend fathers to name their sons after themselves) is putting on the gold for the future of this franchises youth revolution.

After starting his unbelievably undrafted career with the young Milwaukee Bucks led by the alphabet Giannis Antetokounmpo, it wasn’t all A-B-C. But now he’s looking to put up numbers with the purple Lake Show off alphabet street like 1-2-3. Now number 23 (three more than his dad…but that isn’t the reason that number should p### the retire No. 20 off) is looking at a fresh start with Luke and Lonzo’s (not to mention Lavar’s) Lakers like no other.

The two-way guard has signed a two-way contract with both the Los Angeles Lakers and their NBDL team the South Bay Lakers (now more official than their former Los Angeles D-Fenders affiliate name, even if not in city). So now G.P. II will play for both Coach Walton and Coach Karl. How’s that for some family ties!?

Young Gary Payton the second had some impressive debuts off the bench for L.A. But now Payton mark II is assigned to South Bay like fellow two-way dunking Alex Caruso (he really does have a detective grade surname and a game that does not go with his frame) he’s ready to ball. Messing around in his debut and getting a triple double of 14, 11 and 12.

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Payton II could be a big part of the Lakers youth movement too like many of his current teammates going from South Bay to L.A. like Hollywood fans and script-writers can only hope LeBron will decide to this free agent offseason like he did South Beach all those last summers ago. Just like another rookie with a familiar surname in Thomas Bryant (no…Kobe isn’t THAT old) and of course Zupac.

Lead by the Ball family, the even better rookie and in no way number two Kyle Kuzma (who even goes one better in the Twitter troll back and forth with Ball brother LiMelo. “Fire your stylist”?! Oh yeah? “Fire your dentist”! Damn…can we smell a Shaq and Kobe beef cooking?!), three times a great rookie selection in the defensive Hart, big Brandon Ingram, of course Nance junior and the original future Julius Randle and his late round draft genius Jordan Clarkson (who’s not only balling like he’s the Sixth Man of the Year but like he should start too) this young Showtime, purp Laker legacy are making their own, unique legend in Mamba moment black.

This season it looked like the chance for an outside eight seed was thinner than the backlight on a retro Casio, but now the future is brighter than the South Bay sun from downtown L.A.

And with the Payton patent making Lakers history by becoming the first father and son duo to suit up for the franchise, it might just take a glove to hold this young core together.

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