Canada’s Men’s Basketball Team Set for Paris 2024 Olympics: Meet the Star-Studded Roster

Canada’s Men’s Basketball Team: Canada Basketball and the Canadian Olympic Committee have announced the roster of Team Canada men’s basketball athletes for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. The athletes are:

  • Nickeil Alexander-Walker (Toronto, Ont.)
  • RJ Barrett (Mississauga, Ont.)
  • Khem Birch (Montreal, Que.)
  • Dillon Brooks (Mississauga, Ont.)
  • Luguentz Dort (Montreal, Que.)
  • Melvin Ejim (Toronto, Ont.)
  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Hamilton, Ont.)
  • Trey Lyles (Saskatoon, Sask.)
  • Jamal Murray (Kitchener, Ont.)
  • Andrew Nembhard (Aurora, Ont.)
  • Kelly Olynyk (Kamloops, B.C.)
  • Dwight Powell (Toronto, Ont.)
Canada's Men's Basketball Team
Canada’s Men’s Basketball Team

Historic Qualification and Bronze Medal Win

Canada Basketball’s Senior Men’s National Team successfully qualified for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games as one of the top two teams from the Americas region at the FIBA Men’s Basketball World Cup 2023. The team secured the berth with an 88-85 victory over Spain in the second round to advance to the quarterfinals.

They went on to capture a historic bronze medal – the first medal at a men’s basketball World Cup in Canadian history – with a 127-118 win over the United States. In the bronze medal game, Dillon Brooks’ 39 points set a FIBA World Cup record for most points scored in a medal-winning game and a Senior Men’s National Team scoring record for most points in a single game.

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Key Players and Their NBA Ties

The roster features 11 players with NBA experience, including team captain Kelly Olynyk, who currently plays for the Toronto Raptors and has played 756 games across 11 seasons in the league. Olynyk has been a member of Canada’s Senior Men’s National Team since 2010.

  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander: A two-time NBA All-Star and All-NBA First Team selection this season with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He was named to the All-Star Five after averaging 24.5 points per game at last summer’s FIBA Men’s Basketball World Cup.
  • RJ Barrett: Guard for the Toronto Raptors, and son of Rowan Barrett, who was captain of Canada’s men’s team at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
  • Jamal Murray: Denver Nuggets guard and 2023 NBA Champion. At 19, Murray played on home soil at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games, where he tallied 22 points in the fourth quarter and overtime as Team Canada defeated Team USA to advance to the gold medal final.
Canada's Men's Basketball Team
Canada’s Men’s Basketball Team

Coaching and Support Staff

Canada’s Men’s Basketball Team head coach, Jordi Fernández, returns after leading the team last summer to their highest finish in 88 years in an international FIBA competition. Fernández was the lead assistant for the Nigerian men’s national team at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Here’s the complete list of coaches and support staff:

Head CoachJordi FernándezBadalona, Spain
Assistant CoachNate BjorkgrenGilbert, Arizona
Assistant CoachNathaniel MitchellToronto, Ont.
Assistant CoachBoniface N’DongMbour, Senegal
Director, Basketball OperationsSebastian ArnoldBurlington, Ont.
Team Leader/General Manager/VPRowan BarrettScarborough, Ont.
Strength & Conditioning CoachGarrett BlakeyWhitby, Ont.
Coaching ConsultantDavid BlattDaniel Island, S.C.
Senior Team Services LeadAbby BruyerEdmonton, Alta.
NutritionistMarc BubbsBurlington, Ont.
Team ManagerJames DePoeToronto, Ont.
Athletic TherapistJacob GallantToronto, Ont.
Director, Health Services & PerformanceSam GibbsToronto, Ont.
Advance ScoutJon GoodwillieEtobicoke, Ont.
Video CoordinatorConnor GriffinLake Oswego, Ore.
Media Attaché/Senior Manager, Digital ContentMuad IssaMississauga, Ont.
Mental Performance LeadDr. Peter JensenNoranda, Que.
Director, High Performance Analytics & StrategyPhil JevtovicToronto, Ont.
Head Athletic TherapistJason MeehanMount Pearl, Nfld.
Assistant General Manager, Men’s Basketball OperationsMichael MeeksHamilton, Ont.
Coordinator, Men’s Basketball OperationsKayla MinottOttawa, Ont.
Team PhysicianDr. John PhilpottMiramichi, N.B.
Media AttachéJosh SuToronto, Ont.
Security LeadKevin TuckerChandler, Ariz.
Athletic TherapistKrisjon VargasMississauga, Ont.
Media Attaché/Director, Communications & ContentMatt WalkerAncaster, Ont.

Game Schedule and Group Phase Details

Basketball will take place from July 27 to August 11. Canada was drawn into Group A and will face Greece, Australia, and Spain in the group phase.

DateOpponentTime (ET)Time (Local)
July 27 (Day 1)Greece3:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
July 30 (Day 4)Australia7:30 a.m.1:30 p.m.
August 2 (Day 7)Spain11:15 a.m.5:15 p.m.

All group phase games will be played at the Pierre Mauroy Stadium in Lille. The men’s quarterfinals begin on August 6, and the tournament will move to the Bercy Arena in Paris for the elimination stage.

Canada's Men's Basketball Team
Canada’s Men’s Basketball Team

Canada’s Men’s Basketball Team: Looking Ahead

“The incredible opportunity ahead of us to do something truly historic for Canada this summer is not lost on anyone,” said Fernández. With 17 days to go until their first game, the team is focused on improving and building on their previous successes.

Canada’s lone Olympic medal in basketball came at the Berlin 1936 Games. With a new generation of talent and a cohesive team strategy, Canada aims to make history again in Paris.

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Canada’s Men’s Basketball Team: Conclusion

“I am thrilled to cheer on Team Canada’s men’s basketball team as they make their return to the Olympic Games and who are sure to be a team to watch in Paris,” said Bruny Surin, Team Canada’s Paris 2024 Chef de Mission. The anticipation and excitement are palpable as the team prepares to ignite the court and aim for Olympic glory.

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