MONTRÉAL – The NBA Canada Series presented by Bell 2023 features preseason games in Vancouver (Sunday, Oct. 8) and Montréal (Thursday, Oct. 12). On Oct. 8, the Toronto Raptors faced the Sacramento Kings at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC. On Oct. 12, Canadians Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Luguentz Dort and the Oklahoma City Thunder will take on the Detroit Pistons at the Bell Centre in Montréal. The game will air live in Canada on TSN and RDS Info at 7 p.m. ET. A limited number of tickets for the game are on sale at

Here is a by-the-numbers look at The NBA Canada Series presented by Bell 2023 game in Montréal and the NBA in Canada:

1 – The Oct. 12 game will mark the Thunder’s first NBA Canada Series presented by Bell appearance.

2 – The Thunder feature two Canadians on their roster: 2023 NBA All-Star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Montréal-native Luguentz Dort. Gilgeous-Alexander and Dort competed at the 2023 FIBA Men’s Basketball World Cup, where they led the Canadian Men’s National Team to their first medal on the World or Olympic stage since 1936 and helped the team qualify for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris.

4 – Thunder and Pistons players received four 2022-23 NBA Awards: Gilgeous-Alexander was named to the All-NBA First Team, and Thunder guard/forward Jalen Williams was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. The Pistons’ Jalen Duren and Jaden Ivey were named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team.

5 – There are five players from Quebec on 2023 NBA training camp rosters: Khem Birch (San Antonio Spurs), Chris Boucher (Raptors), Dort, Bennedict Mathurin (Indiana Pacers) and Olivier-Maxence Prosper (Dallas Mavericks).

6 – Mathurin became the highest-drafted player from Quebec when he was selected sixth overall during the 2022 NBA Draft.

6 – Throughout the 2023-24 preseason and regular season, NBA games will be held in six different countries: Canada, France, Mexico, Spain, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the U.S.

7 – Three current and former NBA players from Quebec have won a combined seven NBA Championships: the Chicago Bulls’ Bill Winnington (1996, 1997, 1998), the Miami Heat’s Joel Anthony (2012, 2013) and the Raptors’ Chris Boucher (Golden State Warriors in 2018, Raptors in 2019).

9 – Jamal Murray became the ninth Canadian player to win an NBA Championship when the Denver Nuggets defeated the Miami Heat in the 2023 NBA Finals.

13 – During the 2022-23 NBA season, average regular-season viewership in Canada grew 13% year-over-year.

22 – There were a record 22 Canadian players on opening-night rosters for the 2022-23 NBA season.

24 – Prosper was selected 24th overall in the 2023 NBA Draft by the Kings and traded to the Mavericks, becoming the second NBA Academy Latin America participant to be drafted – joining Mathurin.

130 – 130 youth from the Montréal area will participate in six clinics at the Bell Centre in advance of the Thunder vs. Pistons game.

1891 – The game of basketball was invented by Canadian Dr. James Naismith in 1891.

19,923 – The recorded attendance at the first-ever WNBA Canada Game presented by Tangerine, which featured the Chicago Sky and the Minnesota Lynx playing a preseason game at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on May 13, 2023. The game marked the first WNBA game in Canada and broke records for viewership, attendance (19,923) and merchandise sales.

5,000,000 – More than 5 million fans from Canada follow the NBA’s global and localized social media accounts across Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Threads, X and YouTube.