Canadian content in NBA to increase

Iowa State Cyclones forward Melvin Ejim (right) shoots against the North Carolina Central Eagles in...

Iowa State Cyclones forward Melvin Ejim (right) shoots against the North Carolina Central Eagles in the second half of a men's college game during the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament on March 21, 2014. (KEVIN JAIRAJ/USA TODAY Sports)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:40 PM ET

CHICAGO - Canada is poised to become the NBA's second-leading feeder country.

When Andrew Wiggins, Nik Stauskas and Tyler Ennis get selected in the first round next month (Wiggins could go No. 1 overall, the other two in the lottery), Canada will tie France with 12 NBAers.

Once the second round is over, at least two other Canucks are expected to have been taken.

It has been quite a run for this country, hoops-wise, with Anthony Bennett going No. 1 in 2013, Tristan Thompson No. 4 in 2011, Kelly Olynyk No. 13 a year ago and Cory Joseph and Andrew Nicholson also being recent first-rounders, joining the existing Canadian crop, led, of course, by two-time league MVP Steve Nash.

Wiggins and 7-foot-5 Brampton-born centre Sim Bhullar were not at the combine this week, but Stauskas, Ennis, Toronto's Dwight Powell, Montreal's Khem Birch, Brampton's Melvin Ejim and Calgary's Jordan Bachynski were.

And they all take great pride in where they are from.


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