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Thursday, October 27, 2016

NBA Rosters Feature Record 113 International Players from 41 Countries and Territories


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The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced today that a record 113 international players from a record 41 countries and territories are on opening night rosters for the 2016-17 season. This marks the third consecutive season that opening night rosters feature at least 100 international players and that all 30 teams have at least one international player.

Opening night rosters feature a record number of European (61), African (14) and Spanish (8) players. Canada has the most of any country for the third straight year with 11 NBA players. France comes in second for the third consecutive year with 10 NBA players. Brazil features a record-tying nine players, Australia features a record-tying eight players, while Croatia has a record-tying five NBA players.

The Utah Jazz leads the league with seven international players, while the Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Oklahoma City Thunder, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers, San Antonio Spurs and Toronto Raptors each feature six. The Los Angeles Lakers, Minnesota Timberwolves and New York Knicks field five each.

The NBA’s 71st season begins tonight with a doubleheader on TNT as part of Kia NBA Tip-Off 2016. In the opening game, the NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers will host the New York Knicks at 7:30 p.m. ET. In the second game, the San Antonio Spurs visit the Golden State Warriors at 10:30 p.m. for a matchup of the teams with the league’s best records last season. In addition, the Portland Trail Blazers will host the Utah Jazz at 10 p.m. ET on NBA LEAGUE PASS.

A number of high-profile international players are scheduled to make their NBA debut during opening week, including:

· Dragan Bender (Croatia), the No. 4 overall selection, and the Phoenix Suns are home vs. the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 10 p.m. ET on NBA LEAGUE PASS

· Buddy Hield (Bahamas), the No. 6 overall selection, and Jamal Murray (Canada), the No. 7 overall selection, will go head-to-head when the New Orleans Pelicans host the Nuggets on Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. ET on NBA LEAGUE PASS

· Jakob Poeltl, the No. 9 overall selection and the first Austrian player in NBA history, and the Raptors are home vs. the Detroit Pistons on Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBA LEAGUE PASS

· Thon Maker (South Sudan), the No. 10 overall selection, and the Milwaukee Bucks will host the Charlotte Hornets on Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. ET on NBA LEAGUE PASS

· 2014 lottery selections Joel Embiid (Cameroon) and Dario Saric (Croatia) and the 76ers are home vs. the Oklahoma City Thunder on Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN


The previous records for international players (101) and countries and territories represented (39) were set at the start of the 2014-15 and 2013-14 seasons, respectively. NBA rosters at the start of the 2015-16 season featured 100 international players from 37 countries and territories.


Below please find the full list of international players on 2016-17 opening night rosters
(active and inactive):


Country
Full Name
NBA Team
Argentina
Brooklyn Nets
Argentina
Dallas Mavericks
Argentina
San Antonio Spurs
Argentina
San Antonio Spurs
Australia
Cleveland Cavaliers
Australia
Dallas Mavericks
Australia
Detroit Pistons
Australia
Milwaukee Bucks
Australia
Philadelphia 76ers
Australia
San Antonio Spurs
Australia
Utah Jazz
Australia
Utah Jazz
Austria
Toronto Raptors
Bahamas
New Orleans Pelicans
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Denver Nuggets
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Los Angeles Lakers
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Milwaukee Bucks
Brazil
Atlanta Hawks
Brazil
Chicago Bulls
Brazil
Golden State Warriors
Brazil
Houston Rockets
Brazil
Los Angeles Lakers
Brazil
Phoenix Suns
Brazil
Toronto Raptors
Brazil
Toronto Raptors
Brazil
Utah Jazz
Cameroon
LA Clippers
Cameroon
Philadelphia 76ers
Cameroon
Toronto Raptors
Canada
Boston Celtics
Canada
Brooklyn Nets
Canada
Cleveland Cavaliers
Canada
Dallas Mavericks
Canada
Denver Nuggets
Canada
Houston Rockets
Canada
Minnesota Timberwolves
Canada
Philadelphia 76ers
Canada
Toronto Raptors
Canada
Utah Jazz
Canada
Washington Wizards
Cape Verde
Atlanta Hawks
Congo
Orlando Magic
Croatia
Brooklyn Nets
Croatia
Orlando Magic
Croatia
Orlando Magic
Croatia
Philadelphia 76ers
Croatia
Phoenix Suns
Czech Republic
Washington Wizards
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Denver Nuggets
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Orlando Magic
Dominican Republic
Boston Celtics
France
Charlotte Hornets
France
Indiana Pacers
France
New Orleans Pelicans
France
Oklahoma City Thunder
France
Orlando Magic
France
Philadelphia 76ers
France
San Antonio Spurs
France
Utah Jazz
France
Utah Jazz
France
Washington Wizards
Georgia
Golden State Warriors
Germany
Atlanta Hawks
Germany
Chicago Bulls
Germany
Dallas Mavericks
Greece
Milwaukee Bucks
Greece
Sacramento Kings
Haiti
Sacramento Kings
Israel
Sacramento Kings
Italy
Charlotte Hornets
Italy
Denver Nuggets
Latvia
New York Knicks
Latvia
San Antonio Spurs
Lithuania
New York Knicks
Lithuania
Oklahoma City Thunder
Lithuania
Toronto Raptors
Mali
New Orleans Pelicans
Montenegro
Chicago Bulls
Montenegro
Minnesota Timberwolves
Montenegro
Orlando Magic
New Zealand
Oklahoma City Thunder
Nigeria
Portland Trail Blazers
Poland
Washington Wizards
Puerto Rico
Dallas Mavericks
Russia
Los Angeles Lakers
Senegal
Minnesota Timberwolves
Senegal
New York Knicks
Serbia
Denver Nuggets
Serbia
Detroit Pistons
Serbia
Minnesota Timberwolves
Slovenia
Detroit Pistons
Slovenia
Miami Heat
Slovenia
New York Knicks
South Sudan
Los Angeles Lakers
South Sudan
Milwaukee Bucks
Spain
Denver Nuggets
Spain
Los Angeles Lakers
Spain
Memphis Grizzlies
Spain
Minnesota Timberwolves
Spain
New York Knicks
Spain
Oklahoma City Thunder
Spain
Philadelphia 76ers
Spain
San Antonio Spurs
Sweden
Boston Celtics
Switzerland
Atlanta Hawks
Switzerland
Houston Rockets
Tunisia
Dallas Mavericks
Turkey
New Orleans Pelicans
Turkey
Oklahoma City Thunder
Turkey
Oklahoma City Thunder
Ukraine
Phoenix Suns
Ukraine
Utah Jazz
Venezuela
Brooklyn Nets

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