Grizzlies’ Dillon Brooks wants to make Canada the best basketball country on the planet
Memphis Grizzlies combo guard Dillon Brooks wants to make Canada the best basketball country on the planet. Brooks is a Toronto native, and his Grizzlies will face his hometown Raptors on Tuesday night.
Brooks won’t be able to play because of a knee injury, but he sat down with Sportsnet’s Donnovan Bennett to reiterate how he envisions Canada as a basketball powerhouse in the near future.
“I’m from (Toronto). This city, this country is what made me. I’m not going to stop until I’m one of the best players in the world and we are considered the best basketball nation in the world,” Dillon Brooks said.
While Canada has a lot of work cut out for them to deserve that coveted title, they are indeed closing in on their competition. Steve Nash may be the most famous Canadian hooper, but more and more have been coming into the league in recent years. Cleveland Cavaliers big man Tristan Thompson was selected fourth overall during the 2011 draft. Since then, Canadians Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins were both picked first overall in 2013 and 2014, respectively.
Of course, Bennett didn’t fare well in the league, but other Canadians have been basking in the NBA limelight for some time now. Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray recently torched the Boston Celtics with a 48-point performance. Veteran point guard Cory Joseph was instrumental during the San Antonio Spurs’ championship run in 2014. Los Angeles Clippers rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is turning heads early this season. Role players such as the Miami Heat’s Kelly Olynyk and Dallas Mavericks’ Dwight Powell have been valuable to their teams. The list goes on and on.
Dillon Brooks, 22, is coming off an outstanding rookie year. Unfortunately, that knee injury has set him back this season.