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The 6'10" 200 pound former Oregon Ducks forward now proudly wears two NBA Championship rings on his fingers. And what a journey it has been for the "Swatterboy" Chris Boucher to get to this stage not once, but twice.
— NBA (@NBA) June 14, 2019
— GoDucks (@GoDucks) June 14, 2019
Let's take a look at Boucher's timeline:
2017 - Tears ACL ahead of postseason play of his senior (and eventual final season) with the Ducks.
2017 - Goes undrafted and heads to the G-League
2018 - Signed a two-way contract with the Golden State Warriors
2018 - Wins NBA Championship with the Warriors
2018 - Waived from Warriors two weeks after the Championship
2018 - Signs two-way contract with the Toronto Raptors
2019 - G-League MVP
2019 - G-League DPOY
2019 - Wins NBA Championship with the Raptors
The adversity Boucher faced wasn't just a gruesome knee injury in college. No, it started at a young age. Boucher was homeless, a high school drop out, and JuCo prospect before finding himself in green and yellow in Eugene, Oregon. The Canadian-native
During his run in the G-League, Boucher averaged 27 points, 11 rebounds, and four blocks per game. He didn't get his nickname "The Swatterboy" for nothing. He finished his career ranked second in UO blocked shots (189), behind Jordan Bell, who now plays for the Golden State Warriors.
According to spotrac.com, Chris Boucher signed a 2 year / $2,045,649 contract with the Toronto Raptors, including $457,418 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $1,022,825. In 2019-20, Boucher will earn a base salary of $1,588,231, while carrying a cap hit of $1,588,231.
A 6'10" shot-blocking defensive guy who can step back and drill a three-pointer is highly desirable in this modern NBA, and Boucher is prepared to have a long career at this level.
Just a kid from Quebec Canada 🏆🏆🙏🏾🙏🏾
— Chris Boucher (@chrisboucher) June 14, 2019