The strong Canadian NBA contingent looks to do all it can to help their nation qualify for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
After Jamal Murray, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, RJ Barrett and Dillon Brooks have said they plan to represent Team Canada next summer, Toronto Raptors forwards Chris Boucher (Montreal, QC) and Oshae Brissett (Mississauga, ON) have put their names in the mix as well, per their respective Twitter accounts.
In his announcement, Boucher dispelled any rumours that he did not want to play for his country this upcoming summer:
To shutdown All the Rumors I will Love to Play For Team Canada This Summer 🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦- Chris Boucher (@chrisboucher) November 29, 2019
Brissett shared on his Twitter page that he looks forward to again wearing the red and white after an injury derailed his ambition to play for Canada during the World Cup in the Summer of 2019.
I always take pride in playing for my country and look to put my efforts into helping @CanBball. Injury sidelined me last summer but I look forward to helping my guys this summer. Let's Go Canada 🇨🇦 #RoadToTokyo pic.twitter.com/KmILOVlzqU- Oshae Brissett (@Obrissy) November 29, 2019
Both Boucher, who is enjoying a breakout season with Toronto and Brissett, who is splitting time between Toronto and Mississauga as a Two-Way player, have the benefit in developing under the tutelage of Nick Nurse, who will serve as Team Canada's head coach during the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Victoria, BC.
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Through 15 games with the Raptors this season, Boucher is averaging 6.2 points and 5.1 rebounds in 13.4 minutes per contest - all career-highs. Brissett scored his first NBA points in a win over the Magic on Nov. 20 and is averaging 15.3 points and 7.5 rebounds through four games with Raptors 905.
With a record number of Canadians suiting up for NBA rosters this season and a limit of just 12 players to fill Canada's roster next summer, Nick Nurse could soon find himself needing to make tough decisions.
It's a good problem to have.
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