STEVE NASH JAMAAL MAGLOIRE
SAMUEL DALEMBERT JOEL ANTHONY
MAKING THE GRADE
THUMBNAIL SKETCHES ON NBA CANUCKS
native of Montreal, Quebec, Anthony played three years for the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels where he was the conference Defensive
Player of the Year upon graduating. At 6-foot-9 and tipping the scales at 260 pounds, shows that he can gain airtime as attested
to his single game 13 block performance against TCU. Signed by the Miami Heat for 20007-2008 and played sparingly to date.
Also spent time with the developmental team Iowa Energy. Not drafted
Voted Canada’s top basketball player of the half century 1900-50, Baker was once described by former Harlem Globetrotter
founder and manager, the late Abe Saperstein, as "one of the greatest natural basketball players I have ever seen." High praise
indeed for a man who only played a few games in the big leagues (held in check for four games Chicago Stags 1946-47 Basketball
Association of America B.A.A.). Was the leading scorer in the short-lived Pacific Coast Professional Basketball League (1946-48)
while wearing the colours of the Vancouver Hornets. Four senior national titles under sneaker. Also played in world championships,
which were open at the time to top college and pro players. Played two years for the New York Celtics, Stars of America and
Boston Whirlwinds, the traveling opponents of the Harlem Globetrotters Not Drafted
name unknown to most Canadian sports fans. Yet…Biasatti has the rare distinction to have been the only Canadian to date
to play at the major league level in basketball and baseball (Philadelphia Athletics 1949). Had a sip of coffee with the Toronto
Huskies (1946-47 B.A.A.) - along with fellow Canuck Gino Sovran. Perhaps most memorable hoops moment for Biasatti was in 1945
when his college team – Assumption – earned a 49-45 decision over the one and only Harlem Globetrotters. Drafted
by: Boston Celtics, 1947 BAA Draft.
A lackluster three-year career at Boston College (1980-83) was followed by lackluster three games in the NBA (1985-86).
The lanky 7-footer totaled four minutes. Pro highlight was his third place ranking in the blocked shots category, 1.6 per
game, while playing for the 1986 United States Basketball League’s (U.S.B.L.) Springfield Flame. Also played with Jim
Zoet on the 1983 edition of the Toronto Tornadoes of the Continental Basketball Association (C.B.A.) Drafted by: Chicago,
1983 NBA Draft, 75th pick overall
was 35 years ago that Boston Celtics legendary coach and GM Red Auerbach stated that Canadian Bobby Croft "was the top pro
prospect in the country (USA)." Big words for a big fella who ended up being drafted by two professional leagues...the NBA
and American Basketball Association (A.B.A.) Croft played only one campaign in the ABA but gets the nod to this list due to
the fact that the red, white and blue basketball league was on par with the NBA in talent. Drafted by: Boston Celtics, 1970
NBA, 123rd pick overall and Texas Chaparrals, 1970 ABA, 2nd round
first taste of organized hoops was as a sophomore at Lucien-Pagé High School in Montreal, Quebec. Born in Haiti, he became
a Canadian citizen in 2007. Graduated from Seton Hall University, career leader with 167 blocked shots, he has developed into
a top flight centre for the Philadelphia 76ers. Ranked 26th in the NBA in 2006-07 with 23 double-doubles, 17 of which came
over the final 46. In his fifth pro year currenbtly averaging 10 pomts and 10
rebounds per game.Drafted by: Philadelphia, 2001 NBA Draft, 26th pick overall
about big shoes. In 1991 Fox became the Boston Celtics first rookie to start on opening night since Larry Bird (1979). Stayed
six seasons, including one wearing the “C”, before heading to LA where he wore Lakers colours for seven seasons.
Three championship rings (2000, 2001 and 2002). A versatile 6-7 swingman who could do it all and was always on the edge of
stardom. Like several other players on this list – Houbregs, Vandeweghe – Fox moved from Canada at an early age.
He left for the Bahamas at the age of two and then back to the USA for high school hoops. Drafted by: Boston, 1991 NBA Draft,
24th pick overall
by Cleveland, 1983 NBA Draft, 24th pick, Granger played three NBA seasons: Cleveland 1983-84; Atlanta 1984-85 and New York
86-87. He was also a first team U.S.B.L. all-star in 1986 while a member of the Wildwood Aces Granger made the New York State
high school finals in 1979 playing for NYC-Nazareth. Fellow Canuck Bill Wennington, like Granger born in Montreal, also made
the New York State high school finals. Wennington in 1981 with Brookville-L.I. Lutheran. Drafted by: Cleveland, 1983 NBA Draft,
24th pick overall
from the ranks of Coquitlam’s Centennial Secondary in British Columbia Hansen headed south to play at the University
of Washington. Due to the ABA dispersal draft, Hansen saw his stock drop for the Chicago Bulls when they landed Artis Gilmore.
Hansen did make it to the show as a member of the NBA champs Seattle Supersonics 1978. In 1981 Hansen was named Player of
the Year and scoring champion of the FIBA First Division Spanish League. Drafted by: Chicago, 1976 NBA Draft, 37th pick overall
& Los Angeles, 1977 NBA Draft, 151st overall
the move north of the 49th parallel from Bishop Laughlin in Brooklyn, NY in the late 1960 to showcase his talents as a guard
with the Acadian Axemen. Once scored 74 points in a single game (Acadia vs. Mount Allison, 1967-68) Star player in the Eastern
Basketball Association. Drafted by: Baltimore, 1969 NBA Draft, 215th pick overall
Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame inductee (1987) played five NBA seasons – 1953-58 - Milwaukee Hawks, Baltimore Bullets,
Boston Celtics, Fort Wayne Pistons and Detroit Pistons. Drafted by Milwaukee 1953 NBA first round pick. First Canadian-born
as such…not Leo Rautins as usually stated. NCAA Player of the Year (1953). Would rank behind, or even slightly ahead,
of Steve Nash as the Greatest Canuck ever but really has no Maple Leaf connections, living in our country only during his
tyke years before dribbling south. Drafted by: Milwaukee, 1953 NBA Draft, 3rd pick overall
Winnipeg Wonder, Todd MacCulloch, made a name for himself at the U of Washington where he led the nation in field goal percentage
for three years in a row. Only the second collegian – Basketball Hall of Famer Jerry Lucas was the other - to achieve
that feat. Retired after only four years in NBA (Philadelphia 1999-2001 and 2002-2003 New Jersey 2001-02) due to a neurological
disorder affecting the peripheral nerves. Participated in the Schick Rookie Challenge during the 2000 All-Star Weekend. Could
have had a long career as a top quality journeyman centre. Drafted by: Philadelphia, 1999 NBA Draft, 47th pick overall
his talents for the Eastern Commerce Saints, this Toronto product was a hot recruit and landed a college gig in U of Kentucky
where he is the Wildcats all time leader in blocked shots (268). Has the NCAA championship ring (1998). Has an appearance
in the NBA All Star Game (2004). Strutted his stuff in the All Star clash with 19 points, eight rebounds in his 21 minutes
of action. Was a starter for four years of his eight, now comes off the bench for the Dallas Mavericks his sixth NBA team..
Drafted by: Charlotte, 2000 NBA Draft, 19th pick overall
him what you want. Kid Canada or Hair Canada…Steve Nash simply said, is the best basketball player, perhaps even athlete,
to date to come from Canada. Standing 6-foot-3, giving an inch or two, Nash has won back-to-back NBA MVP status (2004-06) Only
eight other players have done such and they include Wilt, Kareem, Magic, Bird and Jordan.. No controversy here. His overall
efficiency ratings rank him as one of the best ever! Made a name and game for himself while with the Dallas Mavericks. now
look for him to lead the Phoenix Suns to a NBA title. Is the sponsor of the Steve Nash Youth Basketball League in British
Columbia that has grown to over 10,000 participants. Drafted by: Phoenix, 1996 NBA Draft, 15th pick overall
it to him that he spent 10 years on our national team and that he is a member of the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame, but
Rautins never really lived up to his press clippings. The youngest player ever to put on national colours (at age 16) he would
leave Saint Michael's in Toronto to later make a name for himself at Syracuse University. Plagued by bad knees – 14
operations – his pro career consisted of two uninspired seasons in the NBA and an eight-year stint in Europe. Also suited
up in the C.B.A. (1989-91) for LaCrosse, and Sioux Falls. Younger kids got to know his name through his NBA television
work and now he guides our national program.Drafted by: Philadelphia, 1983 NBA Draft, 17th pick overall
an average high school player – Port Robinson’s Eastdale Secondary – Smrek blossomed into a NCAA All-American
Honourable Mention while at Canisius College. He then placed two NBA title rings (1987 and 1988 Los Angeles Lakers) on this
fingers. Smrek is a true blue Canadian hoop legend representing our country on the international level for several years.
Carved out a nice NBA career. Drafted by: Portland, 1985 NBA Draft, 25th pick overall
Hank Biasatti as one of two Canucks to hit the hardwood for the Toronto Huskies (1946-47). Top college player reaching the
1,000 point plateau for U of Windsor. Also played at University of Detroit Mercy. 2002 Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame inductee.
Doc, Vandeweghe may be better known as father of shooting forward Kiki Vandeweghe (racked up nearly 16,000 NBA regular season
points 1980-1993). Montreal home for short while playing is high school ball at Oceanside, NY and then Colgate University.
One of the top shooters during his short NBA career. Drafted by: New York, 1949 BAA Draft, 29th overall
there is one Canadian who deserved to have a NBA championship ring it’s Bill Wennington. A member of the 1984 and 1992
Canadian Olympic teams he was part of the Air Jordan dynasty with Da Bulls in the 1996, 1997 and 1998. A solid 13-year NBA
career. Never averaged more than 7.1 ppg but earned his paycheque every night. Drafted by: Dallas, 1985 NBA Draft, 16th
member of the 1980 Canadian Olympic (also national team member 1977-80 and 1990) Zoet played only seven games with the Detroit
Pistons (1982-83) but went on to globetrot his talents professionally in Holland, England, Argentina, Mexico and the Philippines.
Nearly made it to the show surviving to the last cuts at the Atlanta Hawks' training camp in 1982. Split his college career
with time in the USA (Kent State University) and Canada (Lakehead University) Not Drafted
Canadians drafted by NBA teams:
Boston Celtics, 1947 BAA Draft.
Milwaukee, 1981 NBA Draft, 181st
Seattle, 2006 NBA Draft, 40th
Detroit, 1982 NBA Draft, 214th
Chicago, 1983 NBA Draft, 75th pick
Boston Celtics, 1970 NBA, 123rd pick
Philadelphia 76ers, 2001 NBA, 26th
Detroit, 1975 NBA Draft, 169th
Portland, 1979 NBA Draft, 56th
Boston, 1991 NBA Draft, 24th pick
Cleveland, 1983 NBA Draft, 24th pick
Chicago, 1976 NBA Draft, 37th pick & Los Angeles,
1977 NBA Draft, 151st
Milwaukee, 1953 NBA Draft, 3rd pick
Baltimore, 1969 NBA Draft, 215th pick
Utah, 1983 NBA Draft, 146th
Philadelphia, 1999 NBA Draft, 47th pick
Charlotte, 2000 NBA Draft, 19th pick
Chicago, 1985 NBA Draft, 125th
Portland, 1980 NBA Draft, 125th
Washington, 1986 Draft, 82nd
Phoenix, 1996 NBA Draft, 15th pick
Indiana, 1994 NBA Draft, 41st
Seattle, 1984 NBA Draft, 106th
Buffalo, 1975 NBA Draft, 158th
Philadelphia, 1983 NBA Draft, 17th pick
New York, 1983 NBA Draft 128th pick
Portland, 1985 NBA Draft, 25th pick
St. Louis Hawks, 1964 NBA Draft Rd 13
St. Louis Hawks, 1964 NBA Draft Rd 12
Buffalo Braves, 1973 Draft 209th pick
Denver, 1984 NBA Draft, 79th
Buffalo 1973 NBA Draft 211th
LA Lakers, 1981 NBA Draft, 179th
New York, 1949NBA Draft, 29th
Dallas, 1985 NBA Draft, 16th pick
Chicago, 1984 NBA Draft, 43rd
Baker (born February 17, 1923 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada)
Canada’s top basketball player of the half century 1900-50, Norm “The Swede” Baker was once described by
former Harlem Globetrotter founder and manager, the late Abe Saperstein, as "one of the greatest natural basketball players
I have ever seen."
praise indeed for Baker, who picked up a basketball at age 10 playing for the Nanaimo Mosquitoes.
years later he would become the youngest player to be part of a Canadian Senior National basketball Championship team when
the Victoria Dominoes dribbled their way to the title in 1939.
more national titles under the Dominoes banner would come his way in 1942 and 1946.
addition he was part of the 1943 national champion Patricia Bay Royal Canadian Air Force Club Gremlins, scoring a then record 38 points in one game against
turned professional in 1946 but played only four games for the Chicago Stags of the Basketball Association of America B.A.A.
forerunner of the present-day National Basketball Association.
with the Stags he wore jersey No. 16.
show that he only took one shot during this brief cup of coffee.
was a different matter though in the Pacific Coast Professional Basketball League (PCPBL 1946-48) where the 6-foot-2 guard was one the leading scorer while
wearing the colours of the Vancouver
was second in league scoring in 1946-47 as Gale Bishop of the Bellingham Fircrests scored 771 (19.9 ppg) to Baker's 694 (18.8) points
members that year were George (Porky) Andrews doing double-duty as player/coach along with Arthur Chapman, Reg Clarkson, Ken
lawn, Ritchie Nicol, Doug Peden and Sykes...first name unknown.
team was a high-scoring one as they set a PCPBL record for most points in a game during the 1947-48 season, dropping 97 against
Astoria Royal Chinooks on December 27, 1947.
Hornets finished near the top both seasons with records of 24-14 in the regular season and 6-6 in the playoffs (1946-47) along
with 29-23 for the regular season in (1947-48)
Hornets teammates for the 1947-48 campaign were Andrews, Chapman, Lawn, Nicol, Bill (Stretch) Osterhaus, Peden,
Dave Teyema, Jack Vaughn and Dean White.
led the PCPBL in scoring with a 22.6 points per game average
1946-47 he was one of two Canadians, along with Hornets ' teammate and Andrews, to play in the World Professional Basketball
Tournament (WPBT) with the Portland Indians.
Indians lost their only game played 62-48 to the Sheboygan Redskins.
Kautskys would win the championship led by Arnie Risen (future four-time NBA all star).
WBBT was sponsored by the Chicago Herald-American newspaper and featured professional teams from the various professional
leagues at the time.
1950 Baker was the only non-American on a team billed as “The Stars of the World,” on a 13-nation tour of Europe
also played two years for the New York Celtics and Boston Whirlwinds, the traveling opponent of the Harlem Globetrotters which
featured the likes of the original clown prince Reece “Goose” Tatum who is also credited with inventing the hook
Globetrotters were installed into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a team September 27, 2002.
his basketball career Baker worked as a police officer, and coached basketball and lacrosse in Saanich.
-Inducted into BC Sports Hall
of Fame in 1966
-Inducted into Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 1978
-Inducted into Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame
Hank Biasatti A name unknown to most Canadian sports fans. Yet…Biasatti has the rare distinction
to have been the only Canadian to date to play at the major league level in basketball and baseball (Philadelphia Athletics
1949). Had a sip of coffee with the Toronto Huskies (1946-47 B.A.A.) - along with fellow Canuck Gino Sovran. Perhaps most
memorable hoops moment for Biasatti was in 1945 when his college team – Assumption – earned a 49-45 decision over
the one and only Harlem Globetrotters. Drafted by: Boston Celtics, 1947 BAA Draft.
Ronald Joseph Oscar Camille Crevier (born
April 14, 1958 in Montreal, Quebec) is a former National Basketball Association player. He played his college basketball at Boston College. And was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in the 4th round in the 1983 draft. However, he did not play
in the NBA until 1986 when he played a total of 3 games totalling four minutes. Pro highlight was his third place ranking
in the blocked shots category, 1.6 per game, while playing for the 1986 United States Basketball League’s (U.S.B.L.)
Springfield Flame. Also played with Jim Zoet on the 1983 edition of the Toronto Tornadoes of the Continental Basketball Association
(C.B.A.) Drafted by: Chicago, 1983 NBA Draft, 75th pick overall
It was 35 years ago that Boston Celtics legendary coach and
GM Red Auerbach stated that Canadian Bobby Croft "was the top pro prospect in the country (USA)." Big words for a big fella
who ended up being drafted by two professional leagues...the NBA and American Basketball Association (A.B.A.) Croft played
only one campaign in the ABA but gets the nod to this list due to the fact that the red, white and blue basketball league
was on par with the NBA in talent.
Drafted by: Boston Celtics, 1970 NBA, 123rd pick Texas Chaparrals, 1970 ABA, 2nd round
Samuel Davis Dalembert (born May 10, 1981) is a professional basketball player who plays center with the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers. "Sammy" as he is commonly referred to as, was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He started playing hoops in Montreal and played his college ball at Seton Hall University.
Samuel Dalembert is currently the starting center for the Philadelphia 76ers. He is a consistent double-double achiever and averages 3 blocks per game - ranking him one of the leagues elite shot blockers.
He missed the entire 2003-2004 season due to injuries.
He is constantly described as a rebounder and blocker, averaging over 11 rebounds and 3 blocks before
being plagued with injuries that lowered his blocking and rebounding stats. He and Steven Hunter are often referred as to the "Twin Tower Effect" when playing together.
It is also worth noting that Dalembert is a clutch free throw shooter — despite his low season free throw percentage — as demonstrated in the January 13th
game against the Boston Celtics when he hit all eight attempts in the Sixers' 125-124 win.
Samuel is now a Canadian citizen and Montrealer, and intends to play for Canada in the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Ulrich Alexander (Rick) Fox (born July 24, 1969 in Toronto, Canada) is an actor and former professional basketball player.
Fox's family moved to their native Bahamas when Fox was two. He attended Queen's College, Nassau and was a member of the high school's basketball team, "The
QC Comets." He then also played high school basketball in Warsaw, Indiana before starring collegiately at the University of North Carolina where his highlights included upsetting number one Oklahoma
in the second round of the 1990 NCAA Tournament with a short bank shot at the buzzer, and leading
the Tar Heels to the 1991 NCAA Final Four. Fox began his pro-basketball career when he
was selected by the Boston Celtics in the first round (24th pick overall) of the 1991 NBA Draft.
Fox played for thirteen seasons in the NBA (from 1991–1997
with the Boston Celtics and from 1997–2004 with the Los Angeles Lakers). He retired prior to the 2004-05 season after being traded to the Celtics, along with Gary Payton. The Lakers won three NBA championships during his tenure with
Fox was formerly married to actress and former Miss America Vanessa Williams. They divorced in 2004 after pictures were published in the
National Enquirer showing Fox in a compromising position with another woman.
His acting credits include playing prison inmate Jackson Vayhue on the HBO prison drama Oz. He has also appeared in a number of basketball themed films, namely Eddie, He Got Game, and Blue Chips.
Fox played internationally for Canada once, at the 1994 FIBA Basketball World Championship held in Toronto. His team was eliminated on the final possession
of a game against Greece when he failed to get off a final shot.
Sports Illustrated once reported that he suffered from attention deficit disorder.
Stewart Francis Granger (born October 27, 1961, in Montréal, Québec, Canada) is a former National Basketball Association player and Canadian national team member. Though, in his early
years he grew up in Montréal, his high school years were spent attending in playing basketball at Nazareth Regional High School in Brooklyn, New York. Granger made the New York State high school finals in 1979
playing for NYC-Nazareth, and in 1981 with Brookville-L.I. Lutheran, both along with fellow future NBA player Bill Wennington. Granger played college basketball at the Villanova University, where his career averages were 10.4 points per game and 4.8
assists per game.
In the 1983 NBA Draft, Granger was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers at the 24th overall pick.
In 1984, his first season, he played with the team that drafted
him, the Cleveland Cavaliers, an average 4.5 points per game and 2.4 assists per game. In his second season, he played for
the Atlanta Hawks, where he averaged 1.8 points per game, and 1.3 assists per game. Then in his final NBA season, which was
in 1987 with the New York Knicks, he averaged 3.3 points per game and 1.8 assists per game.
Granger aas also a first team USBL all-star in 1986 while a member of the Wildwood Aces.
Lars Hansen (born September 14, 1954 in Copenhagen, Denmark) is a former National Basketball Association player.
He grew up in Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada, where he was a basketball star at Centennial Secondary School. He would go onto play his college basketball at the University of Washington. And after a successful career there he was selected in the
3rd round in the 1976 NBA Draft. Due to the ABA dispersal draft, Hansen saw his stock drop
for the Chicago Bulls when they landed Artis Gilmore. In 1979, he made his NBA debut with the Seattle SuperSonics, and helped them win the [[NBA Championship]In 1981 Hansen
was named Player of the Year and scoring champion of the FIBA First Division Spanish League. Drafted by: Chicago, 1976 NBA
Draft, 37th pick overall & Los Angeles, 1977 NBA Draft.
Made the move north of the 49th parallel from Bishop Laughlin
in Brooklyn, NY in the late 1960 to showcase his talents as a guard with the Acadian Axemen. Once scored 74 points in a single
game (Acadia vs. Mount Allison, 1967-68) Star player in the Eastern Basketball Association.
Drafted by: Baltimore, 1969 NBA Draft, 215th pick
Robert J. "Bob" Houbregs (born
March 12, 1932 in Vancouver, Canada) is a former professional basketball player. A 6'8", 225 pound forward/center, Houbregs attended
the University of Washington from 1949 to 1953, where he was a consenus All-American selection as a senior.
He was drafted by the NBA's Milwaukee Hawks with the 3rd overall pick in 1953 and played five seasons (1953-1958) in the NBA with four teams: the Hawks, the Baltimore Bullets, the Boston Celtics, and the Fort Wayne (later Detroit) Pistons. His career scoring average was 9.3 points per game, and he
was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987.
Todd Carlyle MacCulloch (born January 27, 1976 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada) is a former professional basketball player in the NBA.
A Winnipeg, Manitoba native, the 7'0, 280 lb. MacCulloch
played four seasons in the NBA before being forced to retire prematurely due to a rare foot ailment, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. In his first two seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers, MacCulloch played reserve center, averaging 9.4 minutes, 2.6
rebounds and just under 4 points in 56 and 63 games respectively from 1999 to 2001. In the 2001 off-season, he signed as a
free agent with the New Jersey Nets and as their starting center averaged 9.7 points and 6.1 rebounds
a contest. MacCulloch was then traded back to the 76ers for the 2002-2003 season, in which he averaged just under 20 minutes,
7.1 points, and 4.7 rebounds a contest. He went on the injured reserve list at mid-season, did not play the following season,
and announced his retirement in September 2004.
MacCulloch played for the Canadian national team 93 times, most notably at the 2000 Sydney Olympics where the Canadians topped Yugoslavia to win their group only to lose to eventual silver medalist
France in the quarterfinals and finish go on to seventh.
A graduate of Shaftesbury High School in Winnipeg, MacCulloch was in 1999 named Honorable Mention
All-America as a senior at the University of Washington, when he averaged 18.7 points, 11.9 rebounds, and a .662 field
goal percentage. He led the NCAA Division 1 in FGP in his final three years of college, only
the second player ever to accomplish the feat. He was all-Pac Ten First Team selection in his final two years at Washington.
He was drafted by the 76ers in the 2nd round of the 1999 NBA Draft.
MacCulloch currently works as a 76ers color commentator. He is married to wife Jana.
Jamaal Magloire (born May 21, 1978 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is a professional basketball player, currently playing for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association.
A 6'11", 259-pound (2.11 m, 117.5 kg) center, Magloire started 12 games as a sophomore for the Kentucky Wildcats team that won the national championship in 1998. He finished his college career as Kentucky's all-time leader
in blocked shots, with 268.
He was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets with the 19th pick of the 2000 NBA Draft, but filled a reserve role for his first two seasons in which
he averaged 6.5 points in 16.8 minutes per game. But in 2002-03, the Hornets' first year in New Orleans, he started all 82 games, averaging 10.3 points and 8.8 rebounds
per game. He is nicknamed the Big Cat.
2003-04 was the season in which Magloire really began to
get some respect from coaches and peers around the NBA. He averaged 13.6 points and 10.3 rebounds per game while starting
all 82 games, and was even named to the Eastern Conference All-Star Team. Magloire being named an All-Star was perhaps a controversial
decision at the time, with many pundits and sportswriters asking, "Who the heck is Jamaal Magloire?" But he more than held
his own against the best the NBA had to offer, contributing 19 points and 8 rebounds in his 21 minutes of action.
On October 26, 2005, he was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Desmond Mason, a 2006 first-round draft pick and cash considerations
STEVE NASH PROFILE
Leo R. Rautins (born 20 March 1960 in Toronto) is a former professional basketball player, the current head coach of the Canadian national men's basketball team, and an NBA analyst for the Toronto Raptors.
Rautins was a star in high school for St. Michael's College School in Toronto, the University of Minnesota for his freshman year of college, and Syracuse University for three seasons, the autumn of 1980 through to the spring
of 1983. As a Golden Gopher, Rautins was named first-team All Big-Ten rookie, averaging 8.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 3.9
assists a game. As an Orangemen, he averaged 12.1 points, 5.0 assists, and 6.2 rebounds. He is the first player ever to record
a triple-double in Big East play, accomplishing the feat twice in the span of a month during
his senior year. He was named All Big East third team and Honorable Mention All American that year.
The 6'8, 215lbs. Rautins was the first Canadian ever drafted
in the first round of the NBA Entry Draft going number 17 overall to the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1983 NBA Draft. He was a disappointment however as an NBA player. Hampered
by knee problems, he played in 28 games as a rookie with the Sixers, averaging just 7 minutes a game, 1.5 points, 1 assist,
1.2 rebounds, and 0.7 turnovers. He went on to play 4 games for the Atlanta Hawks the following season, averaging a mere 3 minutes a contest
before leaving the NBA to play in Europe. Rautins played 1985 through 1987 in Italy's LEGA A, 1989-90 and 1992 in France, and 1991-92 in Spain. At the time of his retirement, he had undergone a total of
14 knee operations.
Rautins is the youngest player ever to be on the roster the
Canadian senior national team, becoming a member at age 16. He completed his national team playing career in 1992 as Canada was eliminated in the Tournament of the Americas, the Basketball qualifying tournament for the Barcelona Olympics.
Upon retirement, Rautins became a basketball commentator,
most notably with the Toronto Raptors television network and ESPN. A member of Canada's Basketball Hall of Fame, he was named
head coach of the Canadian National Team in February, 2005. Rautins' son Andy is currently a freshman on the Syracuse Orange men's basketball team.
Michael Frank Smrek (born 31 August 1962 in Welland, Ontario) is a former NBA professional basketball player.
The 7'0, 250 lbs. Smrek was an NBA back-up center, appearing
in 194 games over seven seasons. He averaged 9.7 minutes, 2.9 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 0.8 blocks a contest during this time.
Drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers with the first pick in the second round of the 1985 NBA Draft out of Canisius College, he played as rookie with the Chicago Bulls, appearing in 38 games and averaged around his career totals.
Smrek went on to play two seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers where he earned an NBA championship ring, a year with the San Antonio Spurs, parts of three seasons with the Golden State Warriors and a brief stint with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Smrek graduated from Eastdale High School in Welland, having grown up in Port Robinson, Ontario, a nearby rural farming community. At Canisius he averaged
9.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.6 blocks, and 0.8 in 23 minutes a contest over four years. He is the college's second leading
career shot-blocking with 172. (Compatriot Michael Meeks is first with 183.) He also had the two best seasons for Field
Goal Percentage in school history with a .632 FGP in 1983-84 and a 601 FGP in 1984-85.
Gino Sovran (born December 17, 1924 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada) is a former National Basketball Association player.
He played in the first ever NBA game when he suited up for
the Toronto Huskies against the New York Knicks on November 1, 1946. However, his career was short lived as he would only play
in 6 games. Joins Hank Biasatti as one of two Canucks to hit the hardwood for the Toronto Huskies (1946-47). Top college player
reaching the 1,000 point plateau for U of Windsor. Also played at University of Detroit Mercy. 2002 Canadian Basketball Hall
of Fame inductee. Not Drafted
Dr. Ernest Maurice "Ernie" Vandeweghe Jr.
(born September 12, 1928 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) was a former professional basketball player who played for
the New York Knicks of the NBA. Vandeweghe is the father of former NBA All-Star (and former NBA executive) Kiki Vandeweghe. In addition to his NBA playing career, Dr. Vandeweghe is also
a physician who served in the United States Air Force. He is the husband of 1952 Miss America pageant winner Colleen Kay Hutchins.
A 6'3" guard, Vandeweghe played collegiately at Colgate University, where he was an All-American. He was drafted by the Knicks in the 1949 BAA Draft, and played in the NBA for six seasons. While playing
for the Knicks, Vandeweghe also studied medicine. After retiring from the NBA in 1956, Vandeweghe served as a physician for the Air Force; while
stationed overseas in Germany he and his wife became the parents of Kiki Vandeweghe. In addition to Kiki, he had two other children who were world-class
athletes; his daughter Tauna won a U.S. national swimming championship in the backstroke (and competed in the 1976 Summer Olympics), and his son Bruk medalled in beach volleyball in the 1994 Goodwill Games.
Dr. Vandeweghe has also served as chairman of the President's
Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, and served on the Olympic Sports Commission under President Gerald Ford, where he assisted with development of two key pieces of sports
legislation--Title IX and the 1976 Amateur Athletic Act. Currently, he is a senior
vice president with Focus Partners LLC, a New-York-based financial services firm, and a consultant with the United
States Golf and Fitness Association. He also occasionally provides commentary for several sports publications.
William Percey Wennington (born April 26, 1963 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
He is a former NBA center who won three NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls: the 1996, 1997 and 1998 teams. He was also a member of two Canadian Olympic Basketball
Teams (1984 and 1992) and the 1983 World University Games team that won gold against the USA. Wennigton has been inducted
into the Quebec Basketball Hall of Fame and Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame.
Wennington attended Long Island Lutheran High School on Long Island and St. John's University, New York, United States, playing on one NCAA Final Four team under legendary St. John's Redmen basketball coach, Lou Carnesecca. Before joining the Chicago Bulls, he spent a few notable years in Italy playing for Virtus (Knorr) from Bologna.
Bill Wennington doing color commentary for the Bulls
In 1995, Michael Jordan scored 55 points against the New York Knicks in his first game at Madison Square Garden since his first retirement. However, it was Wennington who
scored the game-winning basket for his only two points of the game, leading him to quip, "Michael and I combined for 57 points."
Indeed, Wennington's wit made him a fan favorite, and Chicago-area McDonald's restaurants honored him with a "Beef Wennington" burger (complete
with Canadian bacon) in the late 1990s. The "Beef Wennington" won awards from the American Culinary
Institute and has been acclaimed as one of the finest fast food burgers of its era.
In October of 2005, Bill Wennington was inducted into the
Carey 306 Hall of Fame at St. John's University.
Wennington authored the book "Tales From The Bulls Hardwood".
He now does color commentary for the Bulls on ESPN 1000.
Jim Zoet (born December 20, 1953 in Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada) is a former National Basketball Association player.
He played in 1983 for the Detroit Pistons, appearing in only 7 games and scoring 2 points. Member of
the 1980 Canadian Olympic (also national team member 1977-80 and 1990) Played professionally in Holland, England, Argentina,
Mexico and the Philippines. Nearly made it to the show surviving to the last cuts at the Atlanta Hawks' training camp in 1982.
Split his college career with time in the USA (Kent State University) and Canada (Lakehead University) Not Drafted
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