Several ex-NBA players trying out for Canada Basketball team


Canada-BasketballCanada was never really a great basketball country, however it seems like the team might soon be adding more former NBA players to its roster, according to ProBballreport.

Team Canada had one player with NBA experience to lean on during qualifying tournaments in the past.

This summer, there are six current and former NBA players trying out for the team with a lot more high-end talent arriving in the immediate future.

Returning to Team Canada is two-time NBA champion Joel Anthony of the Miami Heat. Where Anthony is a role player in Miami, he is the solid veteran presence that anchors the paint for Canadian team.

Tristan Thompson was selected 4th overall by the Cavaliers in 2011 and is developing into a force in the paint.

Andrew Nicholson was selected 19th by the Magic in 2012 and the forward provides the pick-and-pop option to compliment Thompson.

Cory Joseph was selected 29th by the Spurs in 2011 and played in the NBA Finals against the Heat last season.

Andy Rautins was a second round pick of the Knicks in 2010 and has only played 5 games in the NBA. However, the shooting guard is a proven three-point threat that shot 43.8 percent from deep on 7.1 attempts per game in 51 NBA D-League games last season.

Kris Joseph was a second round draft pick by Boston in 2012 and played in 10 NBA games with the Celtics and Nets last season. Joseph was an athletic scorer and rebounder in college and has put up big numbers in the NBA D-League.

Canada has not enjoyed a lot of success in basketball internationally. After Olympic silver in 1936, Canada’s best finish internationally has been 4th at the Olympics in Montreal (1976) and again in Los Angeles (1984).

In most Olympic years, Canada’s team has failed to qualify for the tournament, but it seems like that is on the verge of changing.

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