Spanish is spoken in Toronto

After learning that J’s contractuancho hernangomez with the Toronto Raptors is fully guaranteed, the Canadian franchise becomes the team of the NBA in which more Spaniards have played throughout its history.

The first to set foot in Canada was Jose Manuel Calderon who played his first season as ‘Abductor’ in the 2005-2006 academic year. Throughout his career, the player from Extremadura played a total of eight seasons in the North American team. A year later, the next to link up with the entity and share a dressing room with the Spanish point guard was Jorge Garbajosa.

Jorge Garbajosa and José Manuel Calderón during a visiting meeting in the NBA

Jorge Garbajosa and José Manuel Calderón during a visiting meeting in the NBA

In February 2017 the Spanish international Serge Ibaka he was used as a bargaining chip in a transfer that sent him to Toronto. In this way the Hispanic-Congolese became the third national player to play on Canadian soil.

Two years later, Marc Gasol I would also pack my bags for Canada to sign with the Toronto Raptors after the memphis grizzlies will be transferred in exchange for Jonas Valanciunas. It should be noted that at that time, the assistant coach of the squad was the Spanish coach Sergio Scariolo.


Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka, during the ring ceremony for the Toronto Raptors in 2019.

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With the already announced arrival of Juancho Hernangomez to the North American franchise, there will be a total of five Spanish players who will have played in the Air Canada Center.

Blazers and Grizzlies on the prowl

A total of four internationals have worn the jersey of the Portland Trail Blazers. The first to land was Ferdinand Martin followed by Sergio Rodriguez, Rudy Fernandez Y Victor Claver. Pau Gasol He came to be linked to the Oregon team, however, his injury prevented him from debuting.

At the same time, four players have also passed through the Tennessee franchise. While the Gasols are emblems in the city of Memphis, Juan Carlos Navarro coincided with the older of the brothers the set ‘Grizzlie’. Currently he is Santi Aldama who fights to gain a foothold in the team.

Calderón and Garbajosa together with Pau and Navarro

Calderón and Garbajosa together with Pau and Navarro


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