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Canadian NBA Players

26 Canadian players have been drafted into the NBA, 27 times with Lars Hansen re-entering the NBA draft in 1977 and being selected a second time. Not every player to play in the NBA that’s Canadian was drafted either Center Joel Anthony found his way into the league after being passed over in the 2007 NBA draft. Probably the most notable Canadian Basketball player ever is South African born and Victoria, British Columbia raised Point Guard Steve Nash who took home the League MVP award twice in 2005 and 2006, the only Canadian to do so. Nash is also an 8 time NBA All Star. The most notable player after Nash has to be Toronto, Ontario born Small Forward Rick Fox who retired in 2004. Fox brought home 3 NBA championships with the Lakers and finished his career with 8,966 points. The changing of the guard is looking pretty bright for Canadian basketball with the likes of Andrew Wiggins, Tristan Thompson, Kelly Olynyk and others making strong NBA contributions. The 2013 NBA draft saw Canadian Forward Anthony Bennett become the first Canadian to go first overall in an NBA draft and then Andrew Wiggins made it back to back first overalls for Canada at the 2014 NBA draft.

 

2015 NBA Entry Draft
Round 1 – Pick 12 – PF Trey Lyles – Utah Jazz – Kentucky (Freshman) – Player Page on Wikipedia.org
Round 2 – Pick 42 – PG Olivier Hanlan – Utah Jazz – Boston College (Junior) – Player Page on Wikipedia.org
2014 NBA Entry Draft
Round 1 – Pick 1 – SF Andrew Wiggins – Cleveland Cavaliers – Kansas (Freshman) – Player Page on Wikipedia.org (Traded to Minnesota Timberwolves)
Round 1 – Pick 18 – PG Tyler Ennis – Phoenix Suns – Syracuse (Freshman) – Player Page on Wikipedia.org (Traded to Milwaukee Bucks)
Round 2 – Pick 45 – PF Dwight Powell – Charlotte Bobcats – Stanford (Senior) – Player Page on Wikipedia.org (Traded to 3 times now with Dallas Mavericks)

2013 NBA Entry Draft
Round 1 – Pick 1 – PF/SF Anthony Bennett – Cleveland Cavaliers – UNLV (Freshman) – Player Page on Wikipedia.org (Trade to Minnesota Timberwolves)
Round 1 – Pick 13 – C Kelly Olynyk – Dallas Mavericks – Gonzaga (Junior) – Player Page on Wikipedia.org (Traded to Boston Celtics)

2012 NBA Entry Draft
Round 1 – Pick 19 – PF Andew Nicholson – Orlando Magic – St. Bonaventure (Senior) – Player Page on Wikipedia.org
Round 2 – Pick 51 – SF Kris Joseph – Boston Celtics – Syracuse (Junior) – Player Page on Wikipedia.org (Currently playing in French League)
Round 2 – Pick 60 – C Robert Sacre – Los Angeles Lakers – Gonzaga (Senior) – Player Page on Wikipedia.org (Currently playing in Italy League)

2011 NBA Entry Draft
Round 1 – Pick 4 – PF/SF Tristan Thompson – Cleveland Cavaliers – Texas (Freshman) – Player Page on Wikipedia.org
Round 1 – Pick 29 – PG Cory Joseph – San Antonio Spurs – Texas (Freshman) – Player Page on Wikipedia.org

2010 NBA Entry Draft
Round 2 – Pick 38 – PG/SG Andy Rautins – New York Knicks – Syracuse (Junior) – Player Page on Wikipedia.org

2006 NBA Entry Draft
Round 2 – Pick 40 – G Denham Brown – Seattle Supersonics – Connecticut (Senior) – Player Page on Wikipedia.org (Currently Playing in Romania League)

2001 NBA Entry Draft
Round 1 – Pick 26 – C Samuel Dalembert – Philadelphia 76ers – Seton Hall (Sophemore) – Player Page on Wikipedia.org (Last played for New York Knicks 2014-15, currently Free Agent)

2000 NBA Entry Draft
Round 1 – Pick 19 – C Jamaal Magloire – Charlotte Hornets – Kentucky (Senior) – Player Page on Wikipedia.org (Currently an assistant coach with the Toronto Raptors, last played for the Raptors in 2012)

1999 NBA Entry Draft
Round 2 – Pick 47 – C Todd MacCulloch – Philadelphia 76ers – Washington – Player Page on Wikipedia.org (Retired as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers in 2003)

1996 NBA Entry Draft
Round 1 – Pick 15 – G Steve Nash – Phoenix Suns – Santa Clara (Senior) – Player Page on Wikipedia.org (Retired as a member of the Los Angeles Lakes on March 21, 2015 due to injury. General Manager of Canada’s National Team since May 8, 2012. 2 Time NBA MVP in 2005 and 2006. 8 Time NBA All Star. 3 Time Lionel Conacher Award winner as Canadian Athlete of the Year in 2002, 2005 and 2006.)

1994 NBA Entry Draft
Round 2 – Pick 41 – PF William Njoku – Indiana Pacers – St. Mary’s (Canada) – Player Page on Wikipedia.org (Retired – Never played a game in NBA)

1991 NBA Entry Draft
Round 1 – Pick 24 – SF Rick Fox – Boston Celtics – North Carolina (Senior) – Player Page on Wikipedia.org (Retired as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers in 2004)

1985 NBA Entry Draft
Round 1 – Pick 16 – C Bill Wennington – Dallas Mavericks – St. John’s (Senior) – Player Page on Wikipedia.org (Retired as a member of the Sacramento Kings in 2000)

1984 NBA Entry Draft
Round 2 – Pick 43 – C Greg Wiltjer – Chicago Bulls – Victoria (Canada)(Senior) – Player Page on Wikipedia.org (Retired – Never played a game in NBA)

1983 NBA Entry Draft
Round 1 – Pick 17 – SF Leo Rautins – Philadelphia 76ers – Syracuse (Senior) – Player Page on Wikipedia.org (Retired – Last played in NBA with Atlanta Hawks in 1984)

Round 1 – Pick 24 – PG Stewart Granger – Cleveland Cavaliers – Villanova (Senior) – Player Page on Wikipedia.org (Retired – Last played in NBA with New York Knicks in 1987)

1977 NBA Entry Draft
Round 7 – Pick 151 – C Lars Hansen – Los Angeles Lakers – Washington (Senior) – (Re-Entry) – Player Page on Wikipedia.org (Retired – Last Played in NBA for Seattle Supersonics in 1979)

1976 NBA Entry Draft
Round 3 – Pick 37 – C Lars Hansen – Chicago Bulls – Washington (Senior) – Player Page on Wikipedia.org (Retired – Last Played in NBA for Seattle Supersonics in 1979)

1969 NBA Entry Draft
Round 19 – Pick 215 – G Brian Heaney – Baltimore Bullets – Acadia (Canada) – Player Page on Wikipedia.org (Retired – Last Played in the NBA for Baltimore Bullets in 1970)

Notable Non Drafted Players
Passed over in 2014 NBA Entry Draft – C Sim Bhullar (Sacramento Kings 2015-Presenet) – New Mexico State – Player Page on Wikipedia.org (Played 3 Games near end of 2014-15 Season – Currently a Free Agent)
Passed over in 2007 NBA Entry Draft – C Joel Anthony (Miami Heat 2007-Present) – UNLV – Player Page on Wikipedia.org (Currently with Detroit Pistons)
Passed over in 2003 NBA Entry Draft – SG Carl English (2 NBA Tryouts) – Hawaii Rainbow Warriors – Player Page on Wikipedia.org (No NBA Games – Currently playing in Greece League)

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