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|
Watch THIS Work! The WNBA Bets On Women
Ten years ago the motto of the Women’s National Basketball Association was to, ‘Expect Great’. Now a decade later and into the roaring 20’s of a whole new one and world, the league that tells you to watch them work truly has for all it’s worth.
The WNBA and CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement) has reached a monumental moment in the leagues history and its time to read all about it on Los Angeles Sparks twin superstar Chiney Ogwumike’s Twitter thread.
It tells us the CBA means…
When it comes to players salary and compensation there will be a 30% increase to the salary cap as the higher max pay player salary jumps like Lisa Leslie’s first dunk from $117,500 to $215,000. Whilst there will be an additional compensation for those top tier Candace Parker players around $300,000. Moving millions this is thee first time the league has moved units like this in six figures. And like Russell Westbrook why not? Because for every player like him there’s an Ogwumike. For every Candace a LeBron. Every Luka Doncic a Breanna Stewart. Every Larry Bird a Sue. Kobe Bryant, Diana Taurasi. For every Michael Jordan a Lisa Leslie.
Every insufferable, couch potato chip, sexist fans who unlike a Suffragette doesn’t believe women deserves equal pay needs to check their pockets…yep like Rakim said that’s nothing but lint. Now paid in full these women deserve this and more like diversity at the Oscars. Just as good as the men like Michelle Wie (she’s not the logos sons wife people) golfing with the guys of you claim you’re “woke” on social media but can’t wake up to this then you’re about as woke as still in bed gone half 12 in the afternoon. It feels like all those trumped up people who had a problem with a female ‘Ghostbusters’ reboot. Or those old men who would rather bully a 17 year old girl with Aspergers online than believe in the actual happenings of climate change.
Sure there’s an argument that sportspeople shouldn’t be paid these ridiculous amounts of money. But the point is if the men get paid this much then why shouldn’t the women?
This should have happened a long time ago. But at least it’s happening now.
It’s about time.
Working mothers are also finally getting their due in a groundbreaking deal on this date. Players will receive a salary whilst on maternity leave with an additional new childcare stipend. Whilst up to $60,000 of progressive family planning benefits for veteran players for costs for adoption, surrogacy, oocyte cryopreservation, fertility and more. No longer will go hard greats like Skylar Diggins-Smith have to play whilst pregnant and hide it to protect herself whilst the CBA lists it as a “condition”.
Perks of the game that the men have had for years and the world class women deserve just as such also include individual hotel rooms for players, more mandatory leg room on flights (how important is this for basketball players? The NBA would cry personal foul if the King and them would be forced to fly economy), and further for the finances, off-season job opportunities with league partners that along with the salary rise will mean that WNBA players won’t, overplayed and underpaid have to go overseas in the off-season to earn more money to make ends meet in foreign leagues. Something which has been a conditioning condition and pay for play issue since the leagues inaugural inception.
And let’s not forget about the players mental health too in major improvements across the board and world to an issue still surrounded with stigma despite the lengths taken and measures made. More resources will be offered in addition to the adoption of a Nutrition Council that will aid peak performance by offering players a commitment to this optimization.
But it’s probably the stand made by the WNBA and the CBA against violence to women which is the most important. Ending domestic and all sorts of violence to women which has happened to players around the league and still happens everyday, effecting everyone needs to end NOW like it should have never happened. It seems like such a ridiculously obvious thing to say…but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be said.
Again and again until we don’t have to.
The wide world has finally met the standards of the women’s game and league on the way to leveling the playing field. More of the same…do we really need to add the please now?
Betting on sporting events is a losers game. But betting on women-like the ones in this league-is a sure thing.
The game changed for real today.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 20 Pts, 20 Rebs, 10 Asts first Canadian NBA triple-double since 2006
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Hamilton, ON) became only the second Canadian basketball player in NBA history to record a triple-double — and the first in nearly 14 years, since Steve Nash in 2006.
Gilgeous-Alexander racked-up 20 points, career-high 20 rebounds and 10 assists in the 117-104 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. The former one-and-done Kentucky Wildcat continued his efficient campaign shooting 8-of-12 field goals, connecting 2-of-3 triples and 2-of-2 from the foul-line.
Steve Nash recorded three triple-doubles in his illustrious 18-year career, the last one on April 19, 2006 — Nash finished with 16 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.
The 20 rebounds is also a record-high by a Canadian guard and only the second 20/20 double-double by a Canadian — Jamaal Magloire notched a 22 point, 21 rebound game against the Toronto Raptors’ on March 21, 2004.
Most rebounds by a Canadian in the NBA
Samuel Dalembert (Montreal, QC) holds the record for the most rebounds in a NBA game with 23 against the Golden State Warriors on March 20, 2009. Followed by Magloire 22 and Tristan Thompson with 21.
Gilgeous-Alexander becomes the youngest guard to record 20-20-10 stat-line and joins Russell Westbrook as the only guards with a 20-point, 20-rebound triple-double over the last 30 seasons. He is also the youngest player in NBA history with a 20-rebound triple-double, passing Shaquille O’Neal.
RJ Barrett became the first Canadian basketball player to record a triple-double at the NCAA level in nearly 35 years during his lone freshman season with the Duke Blue Devils.
The OKC Thunder continue their playoff push with their 18 victory in the last 25 games and currently sit in 7th place in the western conference.
The Canadian guard is currently averaging 20 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists — shooting 46.4% from the floor, 33.6% from three-pointers and 81.6% from the foul-line while turning the ball over just 1.9 per game.
Canada NBA All-Star Drought
The 2020 NBA All-star game in Chicago is less than month away and as it currently stands, Gilgeous-Alexander doesn’t currently rank as one the top fan vote earners in a guard heavy western conference. Nevertheless, the Canadian stud could end Canada’s eight year NBA all-star game drought by earning a coach’s selection.
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