The Chris Boucher Story: Grind Now, Shine Later45.5017° N, 73.5673° W
"The former Oregon standout landed a two-way contract with the Warriors, shined for Santa Cruz and eventually made his NBA debut with Golden State"
The road to the NBA has been anything but straight for the Saint Lucian born and Montreal raised Chris Boucher.
Despite the fact that Boucher was introduced to basketball at the age of eighteen, he quickly learned the ins and outs of the sport. After capturing the attention of scouts, Boucher made the leap from playing for a junior college to joining the Oregon Ducks – a Division One NCAA team.
Shortly after gracing the cover of Sports Illustrated, Boucher realized that the playing in NBA was not out of reach. However, an ACL injury would hinder his progress and Boucher ultimately went undrafted in 2017.
It would seem that the doors would have closed for him but it was the reigning NBA champions, the Golden State Warriors, who would offer him a two-way contract. As soon as Boucher set foot on the hardwood for the team’s G-League affiliate – he proved his worth and eventually made his NBA debut with Warriors.
More of Chris Boucher’s story is detailed in this short NBA documentary titled “Grind Now, Shine Later.”
You can watch it below and learn more about the NBA’s official minor league here.
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Words: Jon Carlo Tapia