Canadians Clarke, Alexander-Walker, Boucher earn Summer League honours

Memphis Grizzlies' Brandon Clarke reacts after scoring against the New Orleans Pelicans during overtime of an NBA summer league basketball game Sunday, July 14, 2019, in Las Vegas. (John Locher/AP)

Up-and-coming Canadian NBA talent took centre-stage during the NBA’s Summer League, with Brandon Clarke, Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Chris Boucher all earning hardware.

Boucher, fresh off his NBA Championship run with the Toronto Raptors, was named to the All Summer League Second Team.

The 26-year-old appeared in four games, averaging 23 points and 9.8 rebounds on 49 per cent shooting from the floor.

Nickeil Alexander-Walker, a Toronto native and cousin to Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, earned All Summer League First Team honours.

Acquired by the New Orleans Pelicans after being drafted 17th overall in by the Brooklyn Nets in the 2019 NBA Draft, Alexander-Walker appeared in four Summer League games for the Pelicans.

During those appearances, he averaged 24.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and six assists per game.

Rounding out the list of winners is Vancouver-born power forward Brandon Clarke.

Originally selected by the Thunder 21st overall in the 2019 NBA Entry Draft and then immediately traded to the Memphis Grizzlies, Clarke took home the Summer League’s highest individual honour, earning MVP to go along with a First Team nod.

In five appearances for the Grizzlies, he averaged 14.6 points on 57 per cent shooting, as well as 8.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game.

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