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Record number of Canadian’s invade 2019 NBA Summer League

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Record Number Of Canadians 2019 NBA Summer League

They say basketball never sleeps.

Well for those that can’t get enough and want an early look and a full dosage of Canadian basketball talent donning NBA logos across their chest — below is the most complete and updated list of Canadian’s at the 2019 NBA Summer League.

A record number of 18 Canadian basketball players have already been announced and confirmed (more names to follow) to be taking part in the 2019 NBA Summer League. For comparisons sake, 2018 saw 13 Canadians play in the summer showcase — while in 2017 sixteen (16) Canadians were featured.

The previous record of 16 players and was established in 2015 when names like Khem Birch, Kevin Pangos, Brady Heslip, Melvin Ejim and more were in the mix. That number was once again matched in 2017.

Complete All-Time List Canadian’s NBA Summer League

Year Total Players Players Names
2004
20051Carl English
20065Jermaine Anderson, Jermaine Bucknor, Olu Famutimi, Juan Mendez, Velimir Radinovic
20074Alex Bougaieff, Denham Brown, Carl English, Olu Famutimi
2008
20091Carl English
20103Sean Denison, Olu Famutimi, Andy Rautins
2011N/A
20128John Ashaolu, Olu Famutimi, Cory Joseph, Devoe Joseph, Kris Joseph, Andy Rautins, Robert Sacre, Tristan Thompson
20136Junior Cadougan, Cory Joseph, Devoe Joseph, Myck Kabongo, Andy Rautins, Robert Sacre
201414Jordan Bachynski, Anthony Bennett, Sim Bhullar, Khem Birch, Melvin Ejim, Tyler Ennis, Brady Heslip, Christian Kabongo, Myck Kabongo, Chad Posthumus, Dwight Powell, Nik Stauskas, Andrew Wiggins, Nick Wiggins
201516Khem Birch, Brady Heslip,
Kevin Pangos, Dwight Powell, Sim Bhullar, Phillip Scrubb, Olivier Hanlan, Trey Lyles, Nick Wiggins, Stefan Nastic,
Jordan Bachynski, Dallin Bachynski, Kenny Chery, Maurice Walker, Liam McMorrow, Melvin Ejim
201610 Jordan Bachynski, Olivier Hanlan, Stefan Jankovic, Kris Joseph, Trey Lyles, Jamal Murray, Kevin Pangos, Stephen Sir, Nik Stauskas, Kyle Witjer
201716Chris Boucher, Dillon Brooks, Justin Edwards, Olivier Hanlan, Jasonn Hannibal, Brady Heslip, Naz Mitrou-Long, Mychal Mulder, Kevin Pangos, Phillip Scrubb, Kyle Witjer, Stefan Jankovic, Kris Joseph, Xavier Rathan-Mayes, Dylan Ennis
201813Trae Bell-Haynes, Khem Birch, Chris Boucher, Dillon Brooks, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Olivier Hanlan, Brady Heslip, Justin Jackson, Naz Mitrou-Long, Mikyle Mcintosh, Xavier Rathan-Mayes, Phillip Scrubb, Matt Willms

The list is heavy loaded with rookie talent following Canada’s record number of draftees at the 2019 NBA Draft.

The 2019 NBA champions Toronto Raptors’ lead the pack with a total of three Canadian’s hailing from three provinces/states of the country — Chris Boucher (Montreal/QC), Lindell Wigginton (Dartmouth/NS) and Duane Notice (Woodbridge/ON).

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Multiple other teams feature at least two Canadians including the New York Knicks with RJ Barrett and Ignas Brazdeikis. The Clippers also stack a heavy duo in Mfiondu Kabengele and Oshae Brissett.

Other familiar names vying for roster spots include Naz Mitrou-Long, Mikyle Mcintosh, and Mychal Mulder — all have been paying their dues in the NBA G League.

2019 NBA Summer League Schedule

The three-stage NBA Summer League will kick-off with both Utah Jazz and the Sacramento Kings hosting their own leagues on Monday July 1st through Wednesday July 3, 2019 and the Las Vegas Summer League will start on July 5 and goes until July 15th, 2019.

The Salt Lake Summer League will feature the hosts Jazz, Cavaliers, Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies.

The Kings’ “California Classic” will see the Miami Heat, Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers duke it out.

The Las Vegas Summer League will boast an 11-day, 83-game schedule that will feature all 30 NBA teams.

2019 Canadian's NBA Summer League

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Miami Heat ink Canadian guard Mychal Mulder

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Shoot your shot. Canadian Mychal Mulder inks with Miami Heat

The Miami Heat have signed Canadian guard Mychal Mulder (Windsor, Ont.) to a training camp deal.

Mulder averaged 8.8 points per game, 3.4 rebounds on 16-of-38 (42%) shooting in five games for the Chicago Bulls at the 2019 Las Vegas NBA Summer League. The Canadian guard had solid a 18-point, 4-rebound, 2 assists outing against Cleveland — knocking down 6-of-10 field goals and 3-of-6 triples.

The 6’4″ guard has spent the past two seasons sharpening his toolkit with the Windy City Bulls of the G-League. In 47 starts with Windy City — Mulder elevated his game from averaging 13.7 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists — knocking down 46.1 % of his (229/497) attempts.

Mulder went undrafted in 2017 after two seasons with the Kentucky Wildcats — appearing in 56 games and contributing 4.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 2016-17 — his final collegiate campaign under John Calipari.

The Miami training camp roster features three Canadian players. Six-year NBA veteran Kelly Olynyk, under-guaranteed contract returns for his third-season with the Heat. Recently undrafted 7-footer, Kyle Alexander (Milton, ON) also signed a training camp deal, and similar to Mulder are expected to join the Sioux Falls Skyforce — the Heat’s G-League affiliate team.

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Mulder’s training camp deal brings a record total of 24 Canadian basketball players currently under contract with NBA teams — 16 guaranteed, with the remainder, a combination of non-guaranteed contracts ranging from two-way, exhibit 10 to training camp deals.

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Shaun Livingston Lived For His Career

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Shaun Livingston Lived For His Career
The Greatest Comeback Ever Told...

“I wasn’t supposed to be here”.

Shaun Livingston wasn’t even supposed to be still playing.

But boy did he.

He almost lost his leg.

But man he didn’t.

When Shaun Livingston entered the league as the fourth pick and a wide eyed kid with youthful exuberance above the rim in Hollywood. Him and the youngest Roc L.A. Familia (remember the classic SLAM cover?) crew of Elton Brand, Lamar Odom, Darius Miles, Corey Maggette and Keyon Dooling even took some of the bright lights of downtown L.A. from Shaq and Kobe of all dynamic duos from the basements of STAPLES. Arguably the most exciting Clippers team this side of Buffalo…yeah I said it Blake, Jordan and CP3…you too Kawhi and PG-13. It was an Iverson age of cornrows and tattoos. It was the generations hood to the storied Lake Show’s Hollywood history.

But then with a death of a dynasty a bunch of young Roc’s with the rock ended up all over the place too like State Property. The future of these young guns looked bleak like Memphis. Miles went to LeBron’s Land before the King. Elton ended up setting up his Brand in Philly. Whilst Odom went cross-court and stadium with the Lakers after a brief stint of talent in Miami when he was traded back to the bright lights and Kardashian city for Shaq.

But what happened to Shaun Livingston was so much worse.

With Charlotte as a Bobcat Shaun suffered a gruesome injury so bad it almost made Gordon Hayward’s opening night one look like a sprain…almost. Lets not front for the funny that injury was so bad and his comeback story so good too ’till this playing day.

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But no comeback story in this league is greater than Livingston’s, living for his career.

He almost lost his leg. Instead doctors saved it and then through the hardest of work and the most powerful perseverance Shaun saved his career…and then made it even better. And he could even still catch a few above the rim.

Number 34 ended up back in California with the Golden State Warriors via a comeback in the B.K. with the Brooklyn Nets. Out in The City of Oak Town he ended up winning three championships and going to two more finals before calling it a career yesterday and feeling “sad, fortunate and grateful” in his retirement. He was microwave more than just a super sub alongside legendary Sixth Man Finals MVP Andre Igudola (also gone this off-season with some guy name Kevin). He was an integral player to the dynasty influence that showed the Dubs were more than just the Splash Brothers of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson or Draymond and Durant. His jersey belongs up there in the new state of the art arena in San Francisco across the Golden Gate although his legend and legacy will always tram remain in the Golden State of Oakland, as the Warriors look to maybe Six Man legend Jamal Crawford to replace in joining big signing D’Angelo Russell in backing up the backcourt.

Now that’s what I call a true Warrior King.

Don’t call it a comeback unless it’s like this.

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