Seventeen Canadian basketball players have laced up their sneakers to play in the NBA, including four individuals who are part of the league's 2003-04 season.

Forward Rick Fox has won three NBA Championship rings (2000, 2001 and 2002) as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers. Fox, who was selected by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the 1991 NBA Draft, averaged nine points and 4.3 rebounds per game in 2002-03. Born in Toronto, ON, Fox played with the Celtics for six seasons before joining the Lakers as a free agent in 1997.

In 2002, after one season with the New Jersey Nets, centre Todd MacCulloch of Winnipeg, MB returned to the team that selected him in the second round of the 1999 NBA Draft: the Philadelphia 76ers. MacCulloch, who was placed on the injured list in February 2003 with left and right foot neuropathy, also has undergone treatment for symptoms of Charcot-Marie-Tooth. In 42 games in 2002-03, he averaged 7.1 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.


Jamaal Magloire
In 2002-03, Jamaal Magloire started a career high 82 games for the Hornets.
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Toronto native and New Orleans Hornets centre Jamaal Magloire established a number of career highs in his third NBA season, recording 10.3 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. Selected by the Hornets as the 19th overall pick in the NBA Draft 2000, Magloire finished his career at the University of Kentucky as the school's all-time leader with 268 blocked shots.

Victoria, BC native and Dallas Mavericks guard Steve Nash notched 17.7 points and 7.3 assists per game in 2002-03. The two-time NBA All-Star was drafted by Phoenix as the 15th pick overall in the 1996 NBA Draft and spent two seasons with the Suns before being traded to the Mavs in June 1998. In addition to his professional play, Nash is a key member of Canada's senior men's national basketball team.

Former NBA players Brian Heaney and Leo Rautins remain involved in the game as basketball analysts on NBA telecasts, while Los Angeles Lakers draft pick Jay Triano is the head coach of Canada's senior men's national basketball team and an assistant coach with the Toronto Raptors.

The following Canadians have played in the NBA (current players in bold):
Norm BakerChicago 46-47
Hank BiasattiToronto 46-47
Ron CrevierGolden State, Detroit 85-86
Selected by Chicago, 1983 NBA Draft, 75th pick
Rick FoxBoston 91-92 to 96-97
LA Lakers 97-98 to present
Selected by Boston, 1991 NBA Draft, 24th pick
Stewart GrangerCleveland 83-84
Atlanta 84-85
New York 86-87
Selected by Cleveland, 1983 NBA Draft, 24th pick
Lars HansenSeattle 78-79
Selected by Chicago, 1976 NBA Draft, 37th pick
Brian HeaneyBaltimore 69-70
Selected by Baltimore, 1969 NBA Draft, 215th pick
Bob HoubregsMilwaukee and Baltimore 53-54
Baltimore-Boston-Fort Wayne 54-55
Fort Wayne/Detroit 55-56 to 57-58
Selected by Milwaukee, 1953 NBA Draft
Todd MacCullochPhiladelphia 99-00 and 00-01
New Jersey 01-02
Philadelphia 02-03 to present
Selected by Philadelphia, 1999 NBA Draft, 47th pick
Jamaal MagloireCharlotte/New Orleans 00-01 to present
Selected by Charlotte, 2000 NBA Draft, 19th pick
Steve NashPhoenix 96-97 and 97-98
Dallas 98-99 to present
Selected by Phoenix, 1996 NBA Draft, 15th pick
Leo RautinsPhiladelphia 83-84
Atlanta 84-85
Selected by Philadelphia, 1983 NBA Draft, 17th pick
Mike SmrekChicago 85-86
LA Lakers 86-87 to 87-88
San Antonio 88-89
Golden State 89-90
Golden State, Clippers 90-91
Golden State 91-92
Selected by Portland, 1985 NBA Draft, 25th pick
Gino SovranToronto 46-47
Ernie VandewegheNew York 49-50 to 53-54 and 55-56
Selected by New York, 1949 NBA Draft
Bill WenningtonDallas 85-86 to 89-90
Sacramento 90-91 and 99-00
Chicago 93-94 to 98-99
Selected by Dallas, 1985 NBA Draft, 16th pick
Jim ZoetDetroit 82-83



Additional Canadians drafted by NBA teams:
Mike BrkovichMilwaukee, 1981 NBA Draft, 181st pick
David CoulthardDetroit, 1982 NBA Draft, 214th pick
Bob CroftBoston, 1970 NBA Draft, 123rd pick
Mickey FoxDetroit, 1975 NBA Draft, 169th pick
Portland, 1979 NBA Draft, 56th pick
Joe KazanowskiUtah, 1983 NBA Draft, 146th pick
Dan MeagherChicago, 1985 NBA Draft, 125th pick
Perry MirkovichPortland, 1980 NBA Draft, 125th pick
Barry MungarWashington, 1986 NBA Draft, 82nd pick
William NjokuIndiana, 1994 NBA Draft, 41st pick
Eli PasqualeSeattle, 1984 NBA Draft, 106th pick
George RautinsBuffalo, 1975 NBA Draft, 158th pick
Tony Simms New York, 1983 NBA Draft 128th pick
Karl TillemanDenver, 1984 NBA Draft, 79th pick
Phil TollestropBuffalo 1973 NBA Draft 211th pick
Jay TrianoLA Lakers, 1981 NBA Draft, 179th pick
Greg WiltjerChicago, 1984 NBA Draft, 43rd pick



Contributions by Curtis J. Phillips