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NBA G-League

How many Canadians will play in the 2021 G League season?

The 2021 NBA G League season begins on Wednesday, Feb. 10 at the Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, FL.

Much like the NBA, which had 19 Canadian players on opening-night rosters, there will be plenty of Canadian representation in the upcoming G League season, with nine players across six different teams. Most recently, Montreal's Chris Boucher and Luguentz Dort carved their respective paths to the NBA through excellent play at the G League level.

Below, find the list of Canadian players that will participate in the upcoming G League Bubble.

Canadian Players participating in 2021 NBA G League Season
Name Team Status From
Ignas Brazdeikis Westchester Knicks Assignment Oakville, ON*
Oshae Brissett Fort Wayne Mad Ants Draft Pick Mississauga, ON
Nate Darling Greensboro Swarm Two-Way Halifax, NS
Justin Jackson Lakeland Magic Returning Rights Toronto, ON
Karim Mané Lakeland Magic Two-Way Montreal, QC*
Naz Mitrou-Long Fort Wayne Mad Ants Affiliate Mississauga, ON
Simisola Shittu Westchester Knicks Returning Rights (via trade) Burlington, ON*
Nik Stauskas Raptors 905 NBA Vet Exception Mississauga, ON
Lindell Wigginton Iowa Wolves Returning Rights Dartmouth, NS

*Brazdeikis was born in Kaunas, Lithuania

*Mané was born in Dakar, Senegal

*Shittu was born in Harrow, London, England

A closer look…

- Brazdeikis is on assignment from the New York Knicks but is on a standard NBA contract.

- Brissett was the lone Canadian selected in the past G League Draft and was taken 19th overall.

- Both Darling (Charlotte Hornets) and Mané (Orlando Magic) are on two-way contracts with their respective franchises and can be called up to the NBA at any point of the G League season, or at the conclusion.

- Jackson was selected with the No. 43 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft but injuries have limited his career with the Magic organization up to this point.

- Mitrou-Long was on a two-way contract with the Indiana Pacers organization last season, appearing in five games with Indiana and 15 games with Fort Wayne in 2019-20

- Shittu, 21, was acquired by the Westchester Knicks via trade. He averaged 12.3 points and 6.4 rebounds with the Windy City Bulls in the 2019-20 season.

- Stauskas, the No. 8 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, is an NBA Veteran Exception for Raptors 905 as he is a native of Mississauga.

- Wigginton returns to the Iowa Wolves after averaging 15.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists over 42 G League games in 2019-20.

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