After a historic draft saw a record six Canadians hear their name called, an influx of young Canadian talent took centre stage at the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.
Including the six draftees, 15 Canadian players saw at least 10 minutes of action per game, with many impressing in more ways than one. Three players earned All Summer League honours with Brandon Clarke and Nickeil Alexander-Walker being named to the First Team and Chris Boucher being named to the Second Team.
Clarke made history in that he became the first player to earn League MVP and Championship Game MVP honours in the same summer, as he led the Memphis Grizzlies to a Summer League title.
🏆👏🏆 @brandonclarke23 becomes the FIRST PLAYER to win @NBASummerLeague MVP & Championship Game MVP in the same #NBASummer! pic.twitter.com/uoEyQdKyOc- NBA (@NBA) July 16, 2019
For more on how each Canadian fared, we've got you covered with a recap of each of their performances in Vegas.
K. Alexander, Heat | N. Alexander-Walker, Pelicans | RJ Barrett, Knicks | C. Boucher, Raptors | I. Brazdeikis, Knicks
O. Brissett, Clippers | B. Clarke, Grizzlies | L. Dort, Thunder | M. Kabengele, Clippers | M. McIntosh, Pacers
N. Mitrou-Long, Cavs | M. Mulder, Bulls | K. Robertson, Hornets | M. Shayok, 76ers | L. Wigginton, Raptors
Kyle Alexander, Heat
Las Vegas Summer League Stats: 5 Games - 4.8 PPG, 52.6 FG%, 6.0 RPG, 1.2 BPG in 15.6 MPG
After going undrafted, the 22-year-old Alexander landed with the Miami Heat's summer squad. The wiry big man made the most of his 6-foot-11 frame to make his mark on the boards and as a rim protector, recording 11 rebounds and three blocks in Miami's playoff loss to New Orleans.
Through his performance in the summer, Alexander earned a contract with the Miami Heat and will be reporting to training camp in Sept.
OFFICIAL: The Miami HEAT have signed F Kyle Alexander. https://t.co/T1EkaHQp09- Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) July 15, 2019
Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Pelicans
Las Vegas Summer League Stats: 4 Games - 24.3 PPG, 41.2 FG%, 6.0 APG, 2.8 SPG in 30.5 MPG
Alexander-Walker, the No. 17 overall pick in this year's draft, impressed from the moment he first stepped on the floor as he finished with 23 points (on 9-16 shooting), eight assists, three steals and two blocks in his Summer League debut.
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Throughout his time in Vegas, the combo guard impressed as both a scorer and playmaker, as he led all Canadians in both points and assists per game to earn an All Summer League First Team selection.
🌟 2019 @NBASummerLeague First Team 🌟@TheReal_NAW1 @_bigjayy_ @brandonclarke23 @nunnbetter_ @23savage____ pic.twitter.com/k7UDjYnJhk- NBA (@NBA) July 15, 2019
The 20-year-old proved to be clutch as he scored 34 points (including 14 in the fourth quarter) of the Pelicans playoff win over the Heat and stands to be a promising part of the future of basketball in New Orleans.
RJ Barrett, Knicks
Las Vegas Summer League Stats: 5 Games - 15.4 PPG, 33.7 FG%, 8.6 RPG, 4.2 APG in 30.0 MPG
After being selected third overall by the Knicks, Barrett was the Canadian with the most anticipated debut by far. Things weren't easy out the gate, as he opened with a 10-point performance (on 4-18 shooting) in a loss to college teammate Zion Williamson and the Pelicans.
MORE: What we saw from Barrett this summer
The efficiency wasn't exactly there from the rookie in Las Vegas, as his 15.4 points per game came at a 33.7% clip but he looked comfortable, rebounded the ball well and proved to be a capable playmaker throughout the event.
History shows that you shouldn't put too much stock into Summer League performances and Barrett will be just fine moving forward.
Chris Boucher, Raptors
Las Vegas Summer League Stats: 4 Games - 23.0 PPG, 49.1 FG%, 9.8 RPG, 1.3 BPG in 31.0 MPG
Boucher was the second-leading scorer among all Canadians in Las Vegas and looked like the best player on the floor each time he stepped out.
MORE: What Boucher's summer means for the future
The Montreal native continued to build upon his impressive campaign with the G League Raptors last season as he works to improve upon the weaknesses that have kept him from cracking the Toronto Raptors rotation. In short, Boucher did exactly what he was supposed to do this summer by efficiently putting up big numbers.
With his play, he earned Second-Team All-Summer League honours.
🌟 2019 @NBASummerLeague Second Team 🌟@chrisboucher @rui_8mura @hayes_jaxson @AnferneeSimons @lonniewalker_4 pic.twitter.com/7KLpWpoX02- NBA (@NBA) July 15, 2019
Ignas Brazdeikis, Knicks
Las Vegas Summer League Stats: 5 Games - 15.4 PPG, 50.8 FG%, 5.2 RPG, 2.0 APG in 26.8 MPG
Brazdeikis is the second half of the Knicks Canadian rookie duo as he was acquired on draft night after being selected 47th overall. As a late second-round pick, his performance this summer caught the eyes of many.
MORE: Brazdeikis won't be overshadowed in New York
Over five games, Brazdeikis averaged an efficient 15.4 points per game while shooting over 50% from the field and beyond the arc. His offensive arsenal was on full display in his 30-point performance against the Phoenix Suns. Per Tommy Beer , Brazdeikis was one of just five players to average over 15 points and five rebounds while shooting over 50% from the field this summer.
Oshae Brissett, Clippers
Las Vegas Summer League Stats: 5 Games - 6.6 PPG, 29.2 FG%, 4.0 RPG, 0.8 SPG in 17.6 MPG
Brissett went undrafted after two years at Syracuse. While he struggled to get going from the field during his five games with the Clippers this summer, he saved his best performance for last as he scored 18 points (on 7-18 shooting) in LA's Summer League finale.
Brandon Clarke, Grizzlies
Las Vegas Summer League Stats: 6 Games - 14.7 PPG, 55 FG%, 9.8 RPG, 2.0 APG, 1.8 BPG in 22 MPG
Clarke was nothing short of impressive in his six games in Las Vegas, posting averages of 14.7 points (on 55% shooting) and 9.8 rebounds, proving he was worth the draft-day deal the Grizzlies made to acquire him.
Through his performance in Las Vegas, Clarke was named First-Team all Summer League and Summer League MVP.
The @memgrizz's @brandonclarke23 named 2019 @NBASummerLeague MVP! #NBASummer pic.twitter.com/fEIisTCZ8t- NBA (@NBA) July 15, 2019
MORE: Clarke may be the steal of the draft
In the semifinals against the New Orleans Pelicans, the B.C. native recorded a 23-point, 14-rebound double-double including the game-winning dunk in the final seconds of overtime.
He followed that up with an strong performance in the championship game, recording 15 points, 16 rebounds, four assists and three blocks in their win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, addidng Summer League championship MVP to his growing list of honours.
🏆 @NBASummerLeague MVP- NBA (@NBA) July 16, 2019
🏆 @memgrizz champs
🏆 Championship Game MVP
What an #NBASummer for @brandonclarke23! pic.twitter.com/rQauYoW8Ue
If this summer is any indicator, Clarke projects to have an immediate impact on the young, rebuilding Memphis franchise.
Luguentz Dort, Thunder
Keeping Up With The Canadians 🇨🇦- NBA Canada (@NBACanada) July 9, 2019
Luguentz Dort | vs. @sixers
3 REBOUNDS #NBASummer | @okcthunder pic.twitter.com/2Kgbu5m6su
Las Vegas Summer League Stats: 5 Games - 8.6 PPG, 48.6 FG%, 1.8 RPG, 0.6 APG in 18.2 MPG
Shortly after going undrafted, Dort signed a Two-Way deal with the OKC Thunder. He showed flashes in Vegas, including a 15-point performance against the 76ers summer squad.
With OKC's roster going through a number of changes, Dort could spend more time in the NBA this season than some might have initially thought.
Mfiondu Kabengele, Clippers
Keeping Up With The Canadians 🇨🇦- NBA Canada (@NBACanada) July 7, 2019
Mfiondu Kabengele put up a double-double (21 PTS, 10 REB) in his debut for the Clippers!#NBASummer | @LAClippers pic.twitter.com/OkEUhw3LJq
Las Vegas Summer League Stats: 4 Games - 17.0 PPG, 40.7 FG%, 7.8 RPG, 1.5 BPG in 26.0 MPG
The Clippers traded for Kabengele, who was taken with the 27th overall pick, on draft night. The Burlington, ON native wasted no time showing he was well worth it as he posted a 21-point, 10-rebound double-double in his debut.
MORE: Kabengele's roots have helped him along the way
The 6-foot-10, 250-pound big man continued to show he is more than capable of making an impact as he finished the event with averages of 17.0 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocks over four games. He even stepped beyond the arc to knock down 43.8% of his 4.0 3-point attempts per game.
MiKyle McIntosh, Pacers
Las Vegas Summer League Stats: 5 Games - 7.6 PPG, 42.4 FG%, 4.8 RPG, 1.8 SPG in 23.8 MPG
McIntosh, who went undrafted in 2018, appeared in 25 games with the G League Raptors this past season. In five Summer League games, he posted averages of 7.6 points and 4.8 rebounds, including a 10-point, five-rebound performance in the Pacers finale.
Naz Mitrou-Long, Cavaliers
Keeping Up With The Canadians 🇨🇦- NBA Canada (@NBACanada) July 8, 2019
Naz Mitrou-Long (21 PTS, 8 AST, 5 REB) led the Cavaliers to their first win at Summer League!#NBASummer | @cavs pic.twitter.com/VY7vEN96KK
Las Vegas Summer League Stats: 4 Games - 16.8 PPG, 43.2 FG%, 5.5 APG, 5.0 RPG in 26.8 MPG
Mitrou-Long went undrafted in 2017 and has spent the last two years with the Salt Lake City Stars and the Utah Jazz.
This summer, the Mississauga native has looked to prove he belongs in the league full time.
In four games with the Cavs in Las Vegas, Mitrou-Long did a little bit of everything, finishing with averages of 16.8 points, 5.5 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game. His versatility was on full display as he posted 21 points, eight assists and five rebounds to lead Cleveland to a win. The backcourt is a bit crowded in Cleveland now, but Mitrou-Long has shown he's more than worthy of earning a spot on an NBA roster.
Mychal Mulder, Bulls
Keeping Up With The Canadians 🇨🇦- NBA Canada (@NBACanada) July 8, 2019
Mychal Mulder had a team-high 18 PTS on 60% (6-10) shooting and added 4 REB & 2 AST vs. the Cavaliers!#NBASummer | @chicagobulls pic.twitter.com/tMnU6PAgah
Las Vegas Summer League Stats: 5 Games - 8.8 PPG, 42.1 FG%, 3.4 RPG, 0.6 APG in 23.8 MPG
Mulder has spent the past two seasons with the G League's Windy City Bulls and posted solid averages this summer. The 24-year-old's best performance came as he scored an efficient 18 points (on 6-10 shooting) against the Cavs in Vegas.
Kassius Robertson, Hornets
✈️ KASSIUS ROBERTSON TAKES FLIGHT! ✈️#NBASummer pic.twitter.com/xCBcxY6faO- NBA (@NBA) July 13, 2019
Las Vegas Summer League Stats: 3 Games - 5.3 PPG, 42.9 FG%, 1.0 RPG, 0.3 SPG in 16.0 MPG
Robertson went undrafted in 2018 and spent the past season playing in the Basketball Bundesliga Champions League. He appeared in three Summer League games with the Hornets and made sure to showcase his athleticism.
Marial Shayok, 76ers
Keeping Up With The Canadians 🇨🇦- NBA Canada (@NBACanada) July 6, 2019
Marial Shayok finished with a team-high 19 PTS and added 4 REB & 1 AST in the 76ers debut at Summer League!#NBASummer | @sixers pic.twitter.com/enNapSEIda
Las Vegas Summer League Stats: 4 Games - 14.5 PPG, 46.0 FG%, 4.3 RPG, 2.8 APG in 20.8 MPG
Shayok was taken 54th overall in this year's draft and could very well be the biggest steal.
The 6-foot-6 forward signed a Two-Way deal with the Sixers but provides a number of skills that Philadelphia desperately needs this upcoming season. Shayok is smooth driving the ball as well as in transition and shot the 3-ball at a high clip, connecting on 40.0% of his 5.0 attempts per game.
Judging by his performance in Las Vegas, Shayok is primed to have an impact with the Sixers and their G League affiliate this year.
Lindell Wigginton, Raptors
Las Vegas Summer League Stats: 5 Games - 7.4 PPG, 33.3 FG%, 1.0 SPG, 0.8 APG in 15.0 MPG
Wigginton went undrafted in 2019 after an injury caused him to miss time during his sophomore season at Iowa State. It got off to a rough start, but the native of Dartmouth, NS closed his time in Vegas by scoring 26 points while shooting 8-for-12 from the field.
|1||N. Alexander-Walker, Pelicans||4||24.3|
|2||C. Boucher, Raptors||4||23.0|
|3||M. Kabengele, Clippers||4||17.0|
|1||B. Clarke, Grizzlies||6||9.8|
|2||C. Boucher, Raptors||4||9.8|
|3||RJ Barrett, Knicks||5||8.6|
|1||N. Alexander-Walker, Pelicans||4||6.0|
|2||N. Mitrou-Long, Cavaliers||4||5.5|
|3||RJ Barrett, Knicks||5||4.2|