Wiggins, Murry Among Canadians Making a Name for Themselves in NBA
It may be a long and forgotten fact, but the sport of basketball was actually created by a Canadian fellow.
Born in the middle of nowhere, quite literally in a small town in Ontario, Canada, James Naismith created the game of basketball that has since taken off all over the globe. Over a hundred years later, basketball is a sport dominated not by its creators, but by the neighbouring Americans. While that remains the reality of the situation, Canadian basketball is starting to turn the corner after being influenced by Vince Carter’s tenure with the Toronto Raptors.
It was Vinsanity that has brought basketball back to the forefront in Canada, and one generation later, the impact of the Carter era is evident. Once an afterthought in the sport, Canadians are very quickly starting to make a name for themselves and gain notoriety on the brightest stage of basketball in the entire world. Whether it is the likes of Andrew Wiggins and Jamal Murray, or high school phenom and Duke commit R.J. Barrett, Canadian basketball is putting the world on notice – and the scary part is – they are just getting started.
On the heels of dropping 40-points, Andrew Wiggins continues to live up to his hype and as the Minnesota Timberwolves continue to move in positive trajectory, the 22-year old Toronto-native has started to look like on of the best young players in the entire league as well as the future of Canadian basketball.
Joining him is the sophomore standout out of Kentucky, Denver Nuggets guard and Kitchener-native Jamal Murray. After an up-and-down rookie year, Murray is very quickly finding a niche on the NBA level and has secured the Nuggets starting job for years to come. Averaging 16.2-points per game, he along with Wiggins are a dynamic and exciting Canadian duo that will lead the next tier of Canadian talent for the next decade.
With all the Canadian talent in the NBA today, the most exciting player of the current generation hasn’t even played a minute of college basketball yet, let alone an NBA game. Mississauga-native R.J. Barrett will be playing for the Duke Blue Devils next year and has been ranked 2019’s top NBA draft eligible prospect. With a variety of tools, off-the-charts athleticism, and an ability to score in a variety of different ways, Barrett helped lead the U18 Canadians to a gold medal over the Americans over the Summer, marking the first time the Canadians beat the United States in an international basketball competition.
These Canadians are legit and they are only continuing to get better and as they do, they will keep proving that basketball is the Canadian game!