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|
|2006||5||Jermaine Anderson, Jermaine Bucknor, Olu Famutimi, Juan Mendez, Velimir Radinovic|
|2007||4||Alex Bougaieff, Denham Brown, Carl English, Olu Famutimi|
|2010||3||Sean Denison, Olu Famutimi, Andy Rautins|
|2012||8||John Ashaolu, Olu Famutimi, Cory Joseph, Devoe Joseph, Kris Joseph, Andy Rautins, Robert Sacre, Tristan Thompson|
|2013||6||Junior Cadougan, Cory Joseph, Devoe Joseph, Myck Kabongo, Andy Rautins, Robert Sacre|
|2014||14||Jordan 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|
|2015||16||Khem 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
|2016||10||Jordan Bachynski, Olivier Hanlan, Stefan Jankovic, Kris Joseph, Trey Lyles, Jamal Murray, Kevin Pangos, Stephen Sir, Nik Stauskas, Kyle Witjer|
|2017||16||Chris 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|
|2018||13||Trae 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).
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
|First Name||Last Name||Team||POS||HT||WT||City||Province||DOB||College/Country||2018-19 Team||2018-19 League|
|RJ||Barrett||NYK||F||6'7"||202||Mississauga||ON||14/06/2000||Duke||Duke||NCAA Division I|
|Brandon||Clarke||MEM||F||6'8"||215||Vancouver||BC||19/09/1996||Gonzaga||Gonzaga||NCAA Division I|
|Ignas||Brazdeikis||NYK||F||6'7"||215||Mono||ON||08/01/1999||Michigan||Michigan||NCAA Division I|
|Marial||Shayok||PHI||G||6'6||201||Ottawa||ON||26/07/1995||Iowa State||Iowa State||NCAA Division I|
|Lindell||Wigginton||TOR||G||6'2"||188||Dartmouth||NS||28/03/1998||Iowa State||Iowa State||NCAA Division I|
|Nickeil||Alexander-Walker||NOP||G||6'5"||205||Toronto||ON||02/09/1998||Virginia Tech||Virginia Tech||NCAA Division I|
|Luguentz||Dort||OKC||G||6'4"||215||Montreal||QC||19/04/1999||Arizona State||Arizona State||NCAA Division I|
|Mfiondu||Kabengele||LAC||F||6'10"||250||Burlington||ON||14/08/1997||Florida State||Florida State||NCAA Division I|
|Oshae||Brissett||LAC||F||6'8"||210||Mississauga||ON||20/06/1998||Syracuse||Syracuse||NCAA Division I|
|Kyle||Alexander||MIA||C||6'11"||215||Milton||ON||21/10/1996||Tennessee||Tennessee||NCAA Division I|
|Duane||Notice||TOR||G||6'2"||218||Woodbridge||ON||07/09/1994||South Carolina||Raptors 905||NBA G-League|
|Kassius||Robertson||CHA||F||6'3"||180||Toronto||ON||20/04/1994||Missouri||Medi Bayreuth||German BBL|
|Dyshawn||Pierre||DAL||F||6'6"||230||Whitby||ON||17/11/1993||Dayton||Dinamo Sassari||Italian Seria A|
|Simisola||Shittu||MEM||F||6'10||240||Burlington||ON||07/11/1999||Vanderbilt||Vanderbilt||NCAA Division I|
|Naz||Mitrou-Long||SAS||G||6'4"||218||Mississauga||ON||03/08/1993||Iowa State||Salt Lake City||NBA G-League|
|Mychal||Mulder||CHI||G||6'4"||185||Windsor||ON||12/06/1994||Kentucky||Windy City Bulls||NBA G-League|
|Mikyle||McIntosh||IND||F||6'7"||235||Toronto||ON||19/07/1994||Oregon||Raptors 905||NBA G-League|
MVP Brandon Clarke dominates, leads Grizzlies to 2019 NBA Summer League Title
Canadian Brandon Clarke, the 21st pick of the 2019 Draft dominated the NBA’s annual summer showcase — becoming the first player to take home both tournament and championship game most valuable player honors with a dominant 15 points, 16 rebounds double-double. The No. 8 Memphis Grizzlies the Minnesota Timberwolves 95-92 to win the 2019 NBA Summer League championship.
The former Gonzaga standout added 4 assists, 3 blocks and a steal in 25 minutes.
In six games of summer league action, Clark averaged 14.7 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2 assists and 1.8 blocks per game. The Vancouver native shot 55% from the field and becomes the first ever Canadian to win MVP at the NBA Summer League.
Clarke was also named to the first-team all-NBA Summer League team. Other standouts included fellow Canadians Nickeil Alexander-Walker who joined Clarke on the first-team. Toronto Raptors forward Chris Boucher was named to the second-team.
New Knick RJ Barrett Treated Las Vegas Summer League Like A New York Playground
Magnitudes off the Richter. An earthquake hit Sin City like jackpot in the NBA’s Summer League in Las Vegas, Nevada out in the desert last week.
And as the Jumbo-tron still shook like the music it was pumping, many people in awe inspired attendance would have been forgiven for thinking it was Zion. As the Duke standout and the first pick in the 2019 NBA Draft Williamson made us feel more tremors than Kevin Bacon. As the new New Orleans Pelican burst out the hardwood and flew, man-handling a steal off an opponent who’s just a poster now’s inbounds pass and put back a viscous, signature slam that felt like they still tested atomic bombs out in the Nevada desert overlooking the electric, neon skyline. All whilst new and former teammates respectively, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and Anthony Davis looked on with “here comes the big airplane” mouths.
But after the road to Mount Zion’s knee injury lead to more Patrick Ewing ice than up there in Japan’s Mount Fuji, it was better the Blue Devil you know. As the Knicks third pick RJ Barrett ended up moving the needle more over this scorching, seasonal tourney of the youthful future of this association. Looking as good as those beautiful blue Knicks Summer League jerseys that are so clean we want to see them fresh off the press in the the NBA Store in NYC. So much so that even if RJ handed you one of his autographed signatures post game you’d still be like, “you got this in a medium?”
Sounding better than all those thirsty announcers singing “Summer Leeeeague” like The Isley Brothers this time of year classic, ‘Summer Breeze’. Making everything feel fine as he blew through defenders like the Jasmine in my mind. RJ initialed his dynamic debut and mainstream moment. Making Knicks’ fans almost forget that they just lost out on their number one goal, Zion Williamson. Or their free agent duo desire of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, who ended up on the other side of New York, across that bridge from Manhattan in Brooklyn with the Nets…almost. Following the sweated out, hard nosed 90’s were only Jordan and Starks shots got in the way of golden era glory, the Knicks’ now have their first real leader in the post Porzingis era since Syracuse star ‘Melo for the Orangemen.
And he’s not alone. Barrett who was choosing Knicks’ mannequin heads to bucket on New York’s Late Night show with Jimmy Fallon nights before the draft cap has plenty to pass to in a Pelican rivaling young core of young guns, Kevin Knox and Allonzo Trier, new free agent signing Julius Randle (this Pel is still a big ‘cat out of Kentucky like Anthony Davis or DeMarcus Cousins reunited on the Lake Show like purple and gold fans hoped he would be too), Elfrid Payton and of course the soaring Dennis Smith Jr. Not to mention a bolstered bench of Taj Gibson and Reggie Bullock from more than midtown. Call it Chelsea, the Tribeca or even Battery Park after the High-Line of the Meatpacking District. The future of this franchise to the naked eye of ignorance is about to look better than the view from that new Vessel structure in Hudson Yards.
Barrett began in Vegas with some early snake eyes trouble. But rolling the dice again he turned into a killer like Brandon Flowers. The man. Come round. Nothing can break. Nothing can break him down. First he scorched California’s new look King sized Lakers for 21 points, 10 rebounds and three assists. But it was his spell in his last Summer forecast against the Wizards were RJ showed Washington that just like NYC, DC may be America’s capital, but there’s nothing like New York, New York. He was so good you had to check the instant replay twice, with another 21 and 10, two perfect precision passes off cashing in a triple-double chip like he was a team that had both James Harden and Russell Westbrook on their roster roll call. Houston, do you read me?
Averages of 15.4 points, 8.6 rebounds and 4.2 assists in a televised tournament that is basically a glorified practice scrimmage (tell me, do you even know who won the thing?) show he will be above so. The Canadian Maple Mamba has that syrup for your bacon. Even without free agent big names like Kevin and Kyrie who are one more decision away from being journeymen, forget super-teams, the Knicks may have a lifer in RJ from Coach K’s Duke fraternity administration in the association now. Can you relate? Barrett could be brilliant and New York no longer a rotten apple. But a couple of big names away from having their title again in the Mecca of Madison Square Garden’s, World’s Most Famous Arena in bright Times Square lights.
It’s almost a New Year for New York, time for the ball to drop.
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