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Oct 30, 2014

2014-15 Canadians in the NBA

Andrew Wiggins

A record 101 foreign-born players were featured on 2014 NBA opening day rosters, comprising nearly 23 per cent of the league. For the first time ever, Canada has the most international players with 12 (Lakers point guard Steve Nash would have been a 13th had he not been ruled out for the season with a back injury).

Here is a look at the 12 Canadian players competing in the NBA in 2014-15.

 

 

 

Detroit Pistons

Joel Anthony
Joel Anthony

Montreal

VITALS

  • POS
    C
  • AGE
    32
  • HT
    6'9
  • WT
    245
  • EXP
    9
  • COL
    UNLV

NOTES

Anthony went undrafted...Two-time NBA Champion with Miami Heat (2012-13)...Has twice represented Canada at the FIBA Americas tournament (2009 + 2013) and the FIBA World Championships (2010)...Named Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2007

Minnesota Timberwolves

Anthony Bennett
Anthony Bennett

Brampton, Ontario

VITALS

  • POS
    SF
  • AGE
    21
  • HT
    6'8
  • WT
    245
  • EXP
    2
  • COL
    UNLV

NOTES

First Canadian to be drafted first overall in NBA Draft (2013)...Acquired by T-Wolves in trade that sent Kevin Love to Cavaliers...Won bronze medals with Canada at the FIBA U-16 (2009) and FIBA U-17 (2010) Championships

New York Knicks

Samuel Dalembert
Samuel Dalembert

Montreal

VITALS

  • POS
    C
  • AGE
    33
  • HT
    6'11
  • WT
    250
  • EXP
    13
  • COL
    Seton Hall

NOTES

Taken 26th-overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in 2001 NBA Draft...Winner of the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award in 2010 for his work in aiding with relief for the Haitian earthquake recovery

 

Phoenix Suns

Tyler Ennis
Tyler Ennis

Brampton, Ontario

VITALS

  • POS
    PG
  • AGE
    20
  • HT
    6'2
  • WT
    180
  • EXP
    1
  • COL
    Syracuse

NOTES

Was one of 10 semi-finalists for 2014 Naismith College Player of the Year...Won a bronze medal at the 2012 FIBA Americas U-18 Championships...Was leading scorer at 2013 FIBA U-19 World Championship

San Antonio Spurs

Cory Joseph
Cory Joseph

Pickering, Ontario

VITALS

  • POS
    PG
  • AGE
    23
  • HT
    6'3
  • WT
    185
  • EXP
    4
  • COL
    Texas

NOTES

Taken 29th-overall in 2011 NBA Draft by Spurs...Won a bronze medal at 2008 FIBA Americas U-18 Championship...Started career-high 19 games last season for NBA champion-Spurs

Orlando Magic

Andrew Nicholson
Andrew Nicholson

Mississauga, Ontario

VITALS

  • POS
    PF
  • AGE
    24
  • HT
    6'9
  • WT
    250
  • EXP
    3
  • COL
    St. Bonnie

NOTES

Taken 19th-overall by Magic in 2012 NBA Draft...Took part in the Rising Stars Challenge at 2013 NBA All-Star Weekend...Set a career high last season with a .315 3P%

Boston Celtics

Kelly Olynyk
Kelly Olynyk

Kamloops, BC

VITALS

  • POS
    PF/C
  • AGE
    23
  • HT
    7'0
  • WT
    238
  • EXP
    2
  • COL
    Gonzaga

NOTES

Taken 13th-overall in 2013 NBA Draft by Mavericks and dealt to Celtics in draft night deal...Named to 2014 NBA All-Rookie Second Team...Was first-team Academic All-American in 2013

 

Boston Celtics

Dwight Powell
Dwight Powell

Toronto

VITALS

  • POS
    PF
  • AGE
    23
  • HT
    6'11
  • WT
    240
  • EXP
    1
  • COL
    Stanford

NOTES

Taken 45th-overall (second round) in 2014 NBA Draft by Hornets...traded twice in off-season before landing with Celtics...Was twice named first-team All-Pac-12 (2013-14)

Los Angeles Lakers

Robert Sacre
Robert Sacre

North Vancouver, BC

VITALS

  • POS
    C
  • AGE
    25
  • HT
    7'0
  • WT
    260
  • EXP
    3
  • COL
    Gonzaga

NOTES

Drafted 60th-overall (second round) in 2012 NBA Draft by Lakers...Set career highs across the board in every category in 2013-14 (63 games)...Was a member of Canada's entry at 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey

 

Sacramento Kings

Nik Stauskas
Nik Stauskas

Mississauga, Ontario

VITALS

  • POS
    SG
  • AGE
    21
  • HT
    6'6
  • WT
    205
  • EXP
    1
  • COL
    Michigan

NOTES

Taken eighth overall in 2014 NBA Draft by Kings...Named consensus second-team All-American in 2014...Named 2014 Big Ten Player of the Year...Won bronze medal at 2009 FIBA America U-16 Championship

 

Cleveland Cavaliers

Tristan Thompson
Tristan Thompson

Toronto

VITALS

  • POS
    PF
  • AGE
    23
  • HT
    6'9
  • WT
    238
  • EXP
    4
  • COL
    Texas

NOTES

Taken fourth overall by Cavaliers in 2011 NBA Draft...Named to 2012 NBA All-Rookie Second Team...Won 2011 Wayman Tisdale Award given to USBWA National Freshman of the Year...Won bronze medal at FIBA Americas U-18 Championship in 2008

Minnesota Timberwolves

Andrew Wiggins
Andrew Wiggins

Vaughan, Ontario

VITALS

  • POS
    SF/SG
  • AGE
    19
  • HT
    6'8
  • WT
    199
  • EXP
    1
  • COL
    Kansas

NOTES

Taken first overall in 2014 NBA Draft before being traded to T-Wolves as part of the Kevin Love deal...Was a consensus second-team All-American (2014)...Won bronze medals at 2010 FIBA U-17 World Championship and 2012 FIBA Americas U-18 Championship