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NEW YORK — NBA opening-night rosters will include 16 Canadians, setting a record for most players from a non-U.S. country.
A robust class of Canadian rookies will bolster what was already a strong contingent of national players in the league. Canadians entering the NBA in 2019-20 include RJ Barrett and Ignas Brazdeikis of the New York Knicks, Mfiondu Kabengele of the Los Angeles Clippers, Brandon Clarke of the Memphis Grizzlies and Nickeil Alexander-Walker of the New Orleans Pelicans.
Returning veterans include Denver guard Jamal Murray, who is coming off a breakout season with the Nuggets, Cleveland Cavaliers centre Tristan Thompson, Sacramento Kings guard Cory Joseph, Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins and Miami Heat centre Kelly Olynyk.