Canada is set to make a bigger impact than ever this NBA season.
A record 17 Canadians earned spots on teams across the league to begin the 2020-21 season, marking the seventh straight year the country has boasted the second-most NBA players. The U.S. has the most.
Many of the Canadians are veterans with some, like Denver's Jamal Murray and Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, slated for top roles.
Other returning veterans include Tristan Thompson, who signed with Boston in the off-season, Sacramento's Cory Joseph, Miami's Kelly Olynyk, Dallas' Dwight Powell and Golden State's Andrew Wiggins.
There is also a strong sophomore class of Canadians, led by former No. 3 pick RJ Barrett of the New York Knicks, OKC playoff sensation Luguentz Dort and Memphis forward Brandon Clarke.
Toronto's Chris Boucher, who was born in St. Lucia, is not included among the 17. The 27-year-old signed a two-year contract reportedly worth $13.5 million US in the off-season.
The 17 Canadians make up part of the 107 international (non-American) players from across 40 countries on standard contracts in the league. Five international players, including Boucher, Pascal Siakam, OG Anunoby, Aron Baynes and Alex Len, play for the Raptors.
The Washington Wizards lead the NBA with seven international players. Last season, an all-time high six non-American players made all-star teams.
Meanwhile, a pair of Canadians signed two-way deals for the season: Nate Darling with Charlotte and Karim Mane with Orlando.
Canadians, or players with ties to Canada, in NBA
Nickeil Alexander-Walker, New Orleans Pelicans
RJ Barrett, New York Knicks
Khem Birch, Orlando Magic
Chris Boucher, Toronto Raptors
Ignas Brazdeikis, Knicks
Dillon Brooks, Memphis Grizzlies
Brandon Clarke, Grizzlies
Nate Darling, Charlotte Hornets
Luguentz Dort, Oklahoma City Thunder
Cory Joseph, Sacramento Kings
Mfiondu Kabengele, Los Angeles Clippers
Trey Lyles, San Antonio Spurs
Karim Mane, Magic
Mychal Mulder, Golden State Warriors
Jamal Murray, Denver Nuggets
Kelly Olynyk, Miami Heat
Dwight Powell, Dallas Mavericks
Tristan Thompson, Boston Celtics
Andrew Wiggins, Warriors
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Thunder