Chris Boucher – The Journey
Chris Boucher – The Journey

From humble beginnings to 2x NBA champion, Chris Boucher has had an interesting career filled with hard work, progression and success at every level that can serve as inspiration for all. Standing at 6 feet 10 inches tall with a 7 foot 4 inch wingspan, The Canadian forward is known for his shot blocking and offensive rebounding ability combined with being a serious perimeter threat.

Early life

Chris Boucher was born on the Carribean island of Saint Lucia. Before becoming a basketballer, he worked as a dishwasher in a local restaurant to help contribute to his family’s income. Growing more than nine inches between the ages of 16-20, Boucher began to draw the attention of college coaches in the USA after playing AAU basketball.

Junior College

Boucher began his college career at the junior college level. He played his freshman season at New Mexico Junior College averaging 11.8 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. For his Sophomore year, Boucher transferred to Northwest College in remote Powell Wyoming. Here he saw much success, being named the NJCAA Player of the Year after leading his team to a 31-5 record. He averaged an impressive 22.5 points per game (shooting 44.4% from three point range), 11.8 rebounds, and 4.7 blocks per game.

NCAA Division 1

After such an impressive Sophomore year at JuCo, Boucher received serious interest from TCU, Minnesota and Texas Tech, but ultimately chose to join the PAC-12 powerhouse Oregon. 

Boucher had a successful first season in Oregon after winning the PAC-12 tournament and making it to the elite 8 of the NCAA tournament. He averaged 12.0 points and 6.8 rebounds in his two-year career for the Ducks. As a senior, he was named to the Pac-12 Defensive Team after leading the conference in blocks with 2.6 per game (including a single season blocks record for Oregon with 110). During the 2017 PAC-12 tournament, Boucher unfortunately suffered a torn ACL resulting in him missing the remainder of the season.

NBA

Due to injury, Boucher was unable to work out with NBA teams prior to the 2017 NBA draft and subsequently went undrafted. He was then signed on a two-way contract by the Golden State Warriors and went on to win an NBA title with them in 2018. In the following season, Boucher signed with the Toronto Raptors as a free agent and went on to win the 2019 NBA Finals again, defeating his former team in the Finals.