This past year saw a record 25 Canadians enter the season on NBA rosters, some who had been household names beyond their own hometowns for a while now, and others who made quick strides into becoming impactful. Updating this list so close to last season’s speaks to that growth in the game as well as the larger basketball landscape.
When putting this ranking together for the second time, there were 13 Canadian athletes who had made early declarations for the 2022 NBA Draft. By the time Draft night rolled around, with a handful of opt-outs and guys who will surely blaze their own pathways to the league, four Canadians were drafted. Two went back-to-back in the top 10.
What’s more, Canada’s men’s national basketball team now boasts the second most players in the NBA, behind the U.S.
All to say, it’s likely this list is going to have to be re-ranked every season, and that’s kind of the best problem to have. Ahead of Canada’s pair of 2023 FIBA World Cup qualifiers—on July 1 against the Dominican Republic in Hamilton and July 4 against the host U.S. Virgin Islands—we updated our ranking of the best Canadian NBA players in the NBA right now.