Canadian NBA Players Made Basketball History At Last Night's Raptors Game
It's always nice to see other Canadians out there doing great things and representing our country well. There might not be that many Canadian players in the NBA but a few of them had a historic moment together on November 27. Canadian NBA players made history on the court for being the most Canadians to play together at the same time.
When the Raptors played the New York Knicks on November 27 at the Scotiabank Arena, four Canadians were on the court at the same time which is apparently the first time that's ever happened in NBA history.
With only 5:52 left to play, Raptors coach Nick Nurse made a substitution that made history.
For almost six minutes, four Canadians played together and against each other.
The Raptors had on Oshae Brissett from Toronto and Chris Boucher from Montreal while the Knicks had on Ignas Brazdeikis from Oakville and RJ Barrett from Mississauga.
It worked out perfectly that the first time this many Canadians played together in the NBA was actually in Canada.
The Raptors beat the Knicks 126 to 98 so only two Canadians came out on top. But if it had to be any two, we're glad it was the Raptors players.
Only 20 Canadian players are on NBA rosters for this season and four of those 20, including Brissett, don't even play in the NBA full time. They split time between the NBA and its minor league.
When the Raptors were, Boucher was the only Canadian player on both teams but he didn't even play.
The start of this NBA season also made history with Canadian players. For opening night,which broke the record for being the most players from a non-U.S. country.
Even though Barrett, who is only 19 years old, had 16 points in 31 minutes, it wasn't enough for him and teammate Brazdeikis to come out on top.
This was also the first NBA game at "home" for Barrett. While the Knicks were the visiting team, this was Barrett's first professional game on his hometown court.
Here's hoping that the future sees more Canadians make it into the NBA to represent Canada.