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Watch: 'Grind Now, Shine Later' — The Chris Boucher Story

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Grind Now, Shine Later (NBA.com)

Chris Boucher is ready for his close-up in the NBA.

Born in Castries, Saint Lucia, Boucher was on track to hear his name called in the 2017 NBA Draft before a torn ACL in the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals cut his sophomore season at Oregon short. The 6-foot-11 unicorn went undrafted as a result, but Boucher signed a two-way contract with the Golden State Warriors shortly thereafter, giving him an opportunity to work his way back with their G League affiliate, the Santa Cruz Warriors.

Boucher appeared in 20 games with the Santa Cruz Warriors in 2017-18 and posted 11.8 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.1 blocks in 22.2 minutes per contest. He then made his NBA debut with the Golden State Warriors on March 14 and was a part of the team that won the 2018 NBA Finals.

Now looking to build on a promising rookie season, Boucher's story is one of resilience, starting at Alma Academy in Quebec as an unknown 19-year-old before becoming a cover athlete on Sports Illustrated's college basketball preview for the 2016-17 season. The ACL injury might have set him back, but the big man refuses to let it define him.

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