3. Canadian talent with the Toronto Raptors
Masai Ujiri has been the general manager or president of basketball operations for the Toronto Raptors since May of 2013 when he won the NBA Executive of the Year award with his previous employer, the Denver Nuggets. Since his hiring, the Toronto Raptors have not missed the NBA Playoffs.
Like his predecessor, Masai Ujiri leaves no stone unturned when seeking new talent. This is the case even in the Toronto Raptors’ own backyard. Quebec native Chris Boucher is yet another undrafted player that Toronto’s management has successfully incorporated into their system.
Boucher, who was draft-eligible in 2017, is a Canadian from Alma, Quebec. He went undrafted due to a torn ACL. He was signed to a two-way contract though by the Golden State Warriors. He is a two time NBA champion because he was part of the Golden State Warriors championship team in 2018.
As a free-agent in 2018, he was signed to a two-way contract with the Toronto Raptors. In his time with Toronto, he was named the G-League’s most valuable player in 2019 and the league’s Defensive Player of the Year with the Raptors 905.
Boucher is a member of the Toronto Raptor’s championship team in 2019 and has played 90 regular-season games and 9 playoff games for Toronto.