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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
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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).

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.

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Blazing A Trail Back To The NBA. Portland Land Carmelo

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Red, white and back...

Catching the ball out of bounds as a spectator courtside. Carmelo Anthony is no longer dribbling the ball to the baseline in street clothes. About to put up a shot before smiling and passing it to the referee like, “just kidding!”

‘Bout time.

‘Melo is back and Twitter just won’t calm down.

He deserves the character.

Way to reverse the trends Carmelo.

No New York state of reunion. Or things to do in Denver when your career is almost dead for the Nugget golden era icon. No chance to finally wear that Atlanta Hawk jersey they especially made for him. No banana boat ride with LeBron in Lakeland for the purple and gold to finally get another Anthony they seemed forever linked with like arms of the father of the bride. No matrimony to toast with wine friend Chris Paul back in Oklahoma (although the Thunder and roaring Rockets wish they could have him now) either. But the man who was wedded to rumour for this last year like he always will be the game has ended up blazing a trail back to the NBA with Portland. Back in bloom in Rose City as ‘Melo shows with Rip City it’s not R.I.P. to his career, but the criticism that came to whether he was still capable on court.

Rest peacefully.

The hoodie and headband is back.

Just look at his t-shirt in the above picture. Soaked through with sweat in just another practice run were he just wouldn’t give up or in.

Now it’s time to really ball.

Sure it would have been great to see him basketball befriend the King rival he rookie entered the league with for a true Hollywood end. The Basketball God storybooks would have loved him to retake his Knick throne as the Ewing, Bernard, King of New York even more. But now he’s blazing with the PDX best backcourt duo of Dame Lillard and C.J. McCollum. Joining All Star, legend vets like Pau Gasol to help this Wild West team back to the contender saloon. Last time he left the league, ‘Melo had averages of 13.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 0.5 assists per game. With percentages of 40.5% from the field and 32.8% from three. And Houston thought they’d have no problem giving him up and keeping CP3 and James Harden like OKC losing an OK3 of him, Westbrook and PG3?

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They said he wasn’t in the game like A.I. But he’s a ‘Champion’ like Young Jeezy on a Nicki Minaj song with Nas and Drake. “Big ballin’ like Jeremy Lin (doing so in Beijing), ‘Melo!”

What a difference a year makes.

It’s all A-O.K. now.

Now it’s Jamal Crawford’s turn to crossover back.

No ‘Melo yellow. Or Syracuse orange in N.Y.C. But none of that matters. The contract in Oregon is non guaranteed. But call it a comeback like Dwight Howard back in Lakeland. And you’ve seen what a couple of big dunks, blocks and games has done to his big man Laker legacy. After it looked like he was blackballed from the NBA, let alone Hollywood. But you can always flip the script and bring your big name back. And when it comes to the back of your jersey. Not many come bigger than number 15 or 7 with his new seal.

He’s one of the greats like is a N.Y.K. G.O.A.T. This generation, or the game all-time. It’s time to recognize what the name means. This is not redemption. But a revolution in reunion of a legend and the game he’s given everything to. That’s finally giving him what’s owed to him.

The respect he deserves.

The legacy continues.

You can’t keep a good man down.

Hoods up for this marathon. The hate is gone like a sprint through social media.

All for the love of the hardwood.

Summer run to season come.

Stay ‘Melo. Because your boy is back like he never left.

Don’t call it a comeback…he’s here to stay.

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Marial Shayok 42 points helps Delaware Blue Coats get first win

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Marial Shayok 42 Points Helps Delaware Blue Coats Get First Win

Marial Shayok became the first Ottawa basketball player to get drafted into the NBA and now he’s quickly making a case for permanent NBA roster spot.

Two games into his G-league/NBA career the former Iowa State Cyclones is sizzling hot — averaging 38 points per game, 7.5 rebounds and 3 assists.

Shayok made a splash with a 34 point, 6 rebound, 3 assist debut and upped his numbers in his second game as the Delaware Blue Coats downed the Greensboro Swarm 141-135 to pick-up their first win.

The Philadelphia 76ers two-way player scored 42 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and added 3 assists in just 34 minutes. Shayok connected on 14-of-27 shots, 3-of-9 triples and a perfect 9-of-9 at the charity stripe.

Shayok, alongside a bevy of Canadians are currently strutting their games in the G-League — vying for a call-up for the bright lights.

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Resilient, shorthanded Raptors hand Lakers 113-104 home loss

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Resilient, Short-handed Raptors Hand Lakers 113-104 Home Loss
Toronto Raptors' Norman Powell takes it to the hoop against Lakers

Talk about about being resilient. Talk about championship mentality. Talk about next man up!

The shorthanded Toronto Raptors — missing two of their main players walked into Staples Centre and walked out with an impressive 113-104 signature victory over the highly touted Los Angeles Lakers.

The Raptors improve to 7-2 on the young season and in the process and have now beaten the Los Angeles Lakers 10 straight times — dating back to the 2014-15 regular season when the Lakers won 129-122 in overtime in L.A.

Pascal Siakam continued his stellar season with 24 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks. Freddy VanVleet was also brilliant with 22 points, 10 assists, 7 rebounds, 2 steals. Chris Boucher came off the bench to spark the Raptors on both ends of the court, including back-to-back key blocks on Lebron James and Anthony Davis. The Montreal native tied a career-high with 15 points, 3 blocks, 2 steals — including 9 points in the fourth quarter.

Norman Powell added 14 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks. Rookie Terrence Davis filled-up the stat sheet with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, playing his first significant action of the season, rounded out six Raptors’ players in double-figures with 10 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists.

Anthony Davis paced the Lakers with 27 points and 8 rebounds. Lebron James added to his triple-double total with 13 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds. Danny Green was held scoreless in 27 minutes.

The Raptors currently on five game west coast swing improve to 4-0 against the tough western conference and will play former teammate Kawhi Leornard and the Los Angeles Clippers in their next game, before wrapping-up one their longest road trips with games against Portland and the Dallas Mavericks.

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