Record-Breaking Six Canadians Selected in the 2019 Draft
The 2019 NBA Draft broke an important record north of the border.
On Thursday night, six Canadians heard their names called, marking the most Canucks picked in the same draft in NBA history. Headlined by RJ Barrett going third overall to the New York Knicks, three other Canadians went later in the first round, after which two were selected in the second round.
Nickeil Alexander-Walker was selected 17th and had his draft rights moved to the New Orleans Pelicans. BC native Brandon Clarke out of Gonzaga will join an exciting rebuild in Memphis, while Ontario native Mfiondu Kabengele was selected by the Los Angeles Clippers at 27, after impressing at the combine with his incredible athleticism and measurables.
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In the second round, Michigan freshman Ignas Brazdeikis was selected by the Knicks, while the Iowa Senior out of Ottawa, Marial Shayok was taken at 54 by the Philadelphia 76ers.
Outside of the six selected Canadians, Montreal-native Luguentz Dort out of Arizona State was another named expected to hear his name called. The talented guard will surely be a big name on the undrafted free agent market.
Nova Scotian Lindell Wiggington out of Iowa State will be another name to watch out for in the days to come.
Nevertheless, Thursday marked a glorious day for Canadian basketball. The game will only continue to grow in the country as more and more talented Canadians will find their path in the NBA.