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The National Basketball League of Canada (NBLC) is a Canadian minor professional men's basketball league, composed of eight teams: four in the Atlantic Division and four in the Central Division. In the 2015–16 season, it will feature a new team based in St. Catharines, the Niagara River Lions. A vast majority of the NBLC's players have played NCAA basketball in the United States, and many previously competed at the Division I level in college.

The NBLC was founded on May of 2011, when three teams from the Premier Basketball League—the Halifax Rainmen, Saint John Mill Rats, and Quebec Kebs—joined a single league. Its first-ever draft, the 2011 NBL Canada draft, took place on August 1, when it was live streamed from the Rogers Centre in Toronto. The event was seen by over 6,000 visitors in a live webcast. Ever since, it has had eight head coaches that had once played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and eleven players that had that experience in the past. Several more teams joined the NBLC, including the defunct Montreal Jazz, Laval Kebs, and Ottawa SkyHawks and the current clubs.


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Anthony Anderson
Anthony Anderson is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Saint John Mill Rats of the National Basketball League of Canada (NBL). He won the NBL Canada Most Valuable Player Award for the 2013-14 NBL season and was one of the top players in the league while the Mill Rats competed in the American Basketball Association. Anderson, standing only 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m), primarily plays the point guard position. In the NBL, he has led the league in scoring two times.

Anderson has previously appeared for several professional teams from around the world since graduating from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He tried out for the Indiana Pacers in 2008, but went on to be named ABA Most Valuable Player instead. Outside of North America, Anderson has played with teams from Qatar and Cyprus. Ever since, he has been considered one of the most successful players in NBL Canada history, generally performing in a Saint John uniform, having been named to a league-high three All-NBL Canada Teams. General manager Ian McCarthy called him a "franchise player."

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Our obligation as the NBL Board, is to the country and our fans first, not to our own teams. It's our job to build a healthy, vibrant league that we can all be proud of.     



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