The NBA is a world-wide sensation now more than ever. Globalization, social media, and the fact that some basketball programs from other nations have put a lot of effort and money into developing their young players have helped the league welcome players from all over the world.
Canada, for instance, could have one of the strongest teams for the upcoming Olympics, a team well balanced, well-coached, and that could feature a lot of young stars of the league.
Jamal Murray, RJ Barett, Shai-Gilgeous Alexander, Andrew Wiggins, Chris Boucher, Luguentz Dort, Nickel Alexander-Walker, Dillion Brooks, Dwight Powell, Kelly Olynk, Cory Joseph, Tristan Thompson, and Brandon Clarke are just some of the many players Canada could have on their roster for the upcoming Olympics.
Let’s also not forget that Nick Nurse, who’s proven to be one of the best coaches in the NBA right now, is going to be pulling the strings of that team.
Obviously, the United States will always be the frontrunners to take home the Gold medal and could have an overpowered team to once again end up on top. Then again, no one should sleep on this young team with a lot of NBA experience and the determination to prove to the rest of the world that Canada hoopers are tough.
Notably, Australia, Spain, France will also feature strong teams with plenty of NBA experience so it’s not like Canda will have a cakewalk to the podium. Also, they have a history of underperforming when it matters the most in those kinds of competitions.
However, there’s no doubt that this is the best generation in Canada basketball history, and should they continue to produce elite ballers at this rate, maybe they could keep up with Team USA a couple of years from now and enter the Olympics as one of the two teams to beat.