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Highest number of Canadian players ever in an NBA season

TORONTO, ON – With the finalization Monday of the NBA 15-man rosters, Canada officially became the highest-represented non-US nation at any point in league history.

The 13 Canadians on NBA rosters eclipse the highest previous international total of 11, achieved by France at the start of the 2010-11 season.

A total of four Canadians joined the NBA this year, which increased the number of Canadians in the league up to a record 13. The Canadians in the 2014 draft were: Andrew Wiggins (#1), Nik Stauskas (#8) Tyler Ennis (#18) and Dwight Powell (#45).

This past June, Andrew Wiggins became the second Canadian #1 draft pick, following Anthony Bennett who was the first in 2013.  It was the first time a country, other than the USA had back-to-back #1 NBA draft picks.

Michele O’Keefe, Executive Director of Canada Basketball commented on this historic achievement:  “We’re very proud of our Canadian athletes. The commitment that they’ve shown to achieving their goals is remarkable”.

Canadian players on 2014-2015 NBA rosters are:
                      Player (Hometown) – NBA Team

Joel Anthony (Montreal, QC) – Detroit Pistons
Anthony Bennett (Brampton, ON) – Minnesota Timberwolves
Samuel Dalembert (Montreal, QC) – New York Knicks
Tyler Ennis (Brampton, ON) – Phoenix Suns
Cory Joseph (Toronto, ON) – San Antonio Spurs
Steve Nash (Victoria, BC) – Los Angeles Lakers
Andrew Nicholson (Mississauga, ON) – Orlando Magic
Kelly Olynyk (Toronto, ON) – Boston Celtics
Dwight Powell (Toronto, ON) – Boston Celtics
Robert Sacre (Vancouver, BC) – Los Angeles Lakers
Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, ON) – Sacramento Kings
Tristan Thompson (Toronto, ON) – Cleveland Cavaliers
Andrew Wiggins (Toronto, ON) – Minnesota Timberwolves

About Canada Basketball:

Canada Basketball is a private, not-for-profit corporation committed to excellence in leading the growth of the game domestically and in pursuing medal performances on the international stage.

Courtesy Canada Basketball

Drew Ebanks

Drew Ebanks

Drew Ebanks

Often referred to as Mr. Canada Basketball, Ebanks has been an integral innovator and personality in both amateur and professional basketball. With a High Honours Diploma in Radio & Television Broadcasting (Seneca College) and experience in the financial services industry, Ebanks’ diverse educational background and work experience has allowed him to maximize On Point’s potential in becoming a leading basketball media, promotional and lifestyle brand.

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