RJ Barrett, Andrew Wiggins Set to Lead Canada in 2021 Olympic Journey
This is Team Canada’s moment.
Heading into the Summer of the 2021 Olympic Games, the Canadians boast their strongest national team to date.
Boasting eight current NBA players and two other former NBA players, the Canadians will commence their Olympic journey in a six team qualification tournament starting on June 29. With one Olympic spot remaining, the Nick Nurse-led Canadians will look to overcome Turkey, Greece, China, the Czech Republic, and Uruguay.
It is important to note that due to the NBA Playoffs, Giannis Antetokounmpo will be unavailable for the Greek team, leaving Canada as the clear favourites heading into the qualifiers.
— Canada Basketball (@CanBball) June 27, 2021
This Summer’s Canadian team will be headlined by RJ Barrett, Andrew Wiggins, and Lu Dort, while also seeing returns from national team veterans Cory Joseph, Dwight Powell, and Trey Lyles.
The scariest part about this Canadian team is that they are not even at full strength, missing arguably their two best players. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Jamal Murray will be forced to miss this Summer’s international play as they recover from series lower body injuries, while Raptors center Chris Boucher will sit out due to injury after an exceptional career-season.
Here are the 14 @CanBball athletes in Victoria for Olympic Qualifying Tournament, we have gleaned. The 12-man roster to be finalized Monday; play begins Tuesday. Melvin Ejim out for personal reasons, otherwise no big surprises vs. the 19 that were in Tampa: pic.twitter.com/Dr2sCuGH3E
— Michael Grange (@michaelgrange) June 27, 2021
The countdown is on as the Canadians are set to take on Greece on Tuesday knowing full well that the pressure will be at an all-time high with expectations higher than ever before.