Toronto Raptors

Raptors opening night roster features record-tying 10 international players

The Toronto Raptors have already placed their names in the NBA history books and the 2021-22 season has yet to officially tip off.

Toronto's opening night roster features a league-leading and NBA record-tying 10 international players representing nine different countries, which is also an NBA record. Among them are franchise cornerstones OG Anunoby (United Kingdom, Nigeria) and Pascal Siakam (Cameroon) as well as newcomers Precious Achiuwa (Nigeria), Goran Dragic (Slovenia) and Svi Mykhailiuk (Ukraine).

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Below, find a full list of the Raptors international players, as well as their home country and additional ties to other countries.

Toronto Raptors international players, 2021-22 season
Name Country Ties
Precious Achiuwa Nigeria
OG Anunoby United Kingdom Ties to Nigeria
Dalano Banton Canada
Khem Birch Canada
Chris Boucher St. Lucia Ties to Canada
Isaac Bonga Germany
Goran Dragic Slovenia
Svi Mykhailiuk Ukraine
Pascal Siakam Cameroon
Yuta Watanabe Japan

As the NBA's lone team outside of the United States, the Raptors naturally embrace their international flavour, recently taking to Twitter to share that each players' respective native flag hangs above the floor at the OVO Athletic Centre.

Not only are the Raptors Toronto's team, but they are also Canada's team; it's a fact that holds true in a number of ways, among them is having Banton, Birch and Boucher on the roster.

Born in Toronto, Banton became the first-ever Canadian drafted by the Raptors franchise in 2021. Birch, who was born in Montreal, grew up a proud Raptors fan and has represented Canada in international competitions. While Boucher was born in St. Lucia, he moved to Montreal at a young age and, like Birch, has played with the Canadian Senior Men's National Team.

The above trio represents just a small fraction of the Canadians in the NBA this season, as the 2021-22 NBA season begins with a total of 21 Canadians on either a standard or two-way contract.

Bell Game of the Week: Raptors are back in Toronto

The Raptors open up the 2021-22 NBA season on Wednesday, Oct. 20, when they host the Washington Wizards at Scotiabank Arena (7:30 p.m., TSN).

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