NEW YORK, Oct. 24, 2023 –The National Basketball Association (NBA) today announced that a record 125 international players from 40 countries and territories across six continents are on opening-night rosters for the 2023-24 season, including a record number of players from Canada (26) and France (14). This marks the third consecutive season that opening-night rosters feature at least 120 international players and the 10th straight season that opening-night rosters have at least 100 international players. All 30 NBA teams feature at least one international player.

The previous record for international players (121) and current record for countries and territories represented (42) were set at the start of the 2021-22 and 2017-18 seasons, respectively.

For the 10th consecutive season, Canada is the most-represented country outside of the U.S., followed by France, Australia (nine players), Serbia (seven players) and Germany (six players). Nigeria and Turkey each have five players. There are 64 European players on opening-night rosters, including four members of the 2022-23 Kia All-NBA Team: 2021 NBA champion and two-time Kia NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks; Greece; ties to Nigeria), four-time NBA All-Star and All-NBA First Team member Luka Dončić (Dallas Mavericks; Slovenia), 2023 NBA champion and two-time Kia NBA MVP Nikola Jokić (Denver Nuggets; Serbia) and three-time NBA All-Star Domantas Sabonis (Sacramento Kings; Lithuania). There are also 15 players from Africa, including 2022-23 Kia NBA MVP Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers; Cameroon).

The Mavericks and the Oklahoma City Thunder feature a league-high eight international players each, followed by the Toronto Raptors and the San Antonio Spurs with seven international players each. The Boston Celtics and the Phoenix Suns each have six.

Below are additional international player milestones and storylines for the upcoming season:

  • Three international players have won the last five Kia NBA MVP Awards: Embiid (2022-23), Jokić (2021-22 and 2020-21) and Antetokounmpo (2019-20 and 2018-19). Last season also marked the second consecutive season that Embiid, Jokić and Antetokounmpo finished top three in MVP voting. Embiid and the 76ers visit Antetokounmpo and the Bucks on Thursday, Oct. 26 in the season opener for both teams.
  • There are 15 international players on opening-night rosters who have been NBA All-Stars: Antetokounmpo, Dončić, Embiid, Rudy Gobert (Minnesota Timberwolves; France), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Thunder; Canada), Al Horford (Celtics; Dominican Republic), Kyrie Irving (Mavericks; Australia), Jokić, Lauri Markkanen (Utah Jazz; Finland), Kristaps Porzingis (Celtics; Latvia), Sabonis, Pascal Siakam (Raptors; Cameroon), Ben Simmons (Brooklyn Nets; Australia), Nikola Vučević (Chicago Bulls; Montenegro) and Andrew Wiggins (Golden State Warriors; Canada).
  • At least five international players have made the Kia All-NBA Team each season since 2018-19.
  • As part of the 2023-24 NBA GM Survey, Jokić, Antetokounmpo and Dončić were voted the No. 1, 2 and 4 players most likely to win the 2023-24 Kia NBA MVP Award (43%, 20% and 10% of votes, respectively). Jokić, 2023 No. 1 overall pick Victor Wembanyama (Spurs; France), Antetokounmpo and Dončić were voted the No. 1, 2, 3 and 4 players whom GMs would most want to sign if they were starting a franchise today (33%, 23%, 13% and 10%, respectively).
  • Wembanyama is the 14th international player to be selected first overall in the NBA Draft and the highest-drafted French player ever. Wembanyama is poised to make his NBA debut when the Spurs host the Mavericks on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.
  • Forty-one international players on opening-night rosters participated in Basketball Without Borders (BWB) prior to their NBA careers, including Deandre Ayton (Portland Trail Blazers; Bahamas; BWB Global 2016), Embiid (BWB Africa 2011), Gilgeous-Alexander (BWB Global 2016), Rui Hachimura (Los Angeles Lakers; Japan; BWB Global 2016), Jamal Murray (Nuggets; Canada; BWB Global 2015), Siakam (BWB Africa 2012) and Jonas Valančiūnas (New Orleans Pelicans; Lithuania; BWB Europe 2008). BWB, the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program, has seen 112 former campers advance to the NBA or WNBA since 2001.
  • There are a record four NBA Academy graduates on opening-night rosters: Dyson Daniels (Pelicans; Australia; NBA Global Academy), Josh Giddey (Thunder; Australia; NBA Global Academy), Bennedict Mathurin (Indiana Pacers; Canada; ties to Haiti; NBA Academy Latin America) and Olivier-Maxence Prosper (Mavericks; Canada; ties to Haiti; NBA Academy Latin America). NBA Academy is a year-round elite basketball development program that provides top high-school-age athletes from outside the U.S. with a holistic approach to player development and a predictable pathway to maximize their potential. 
  • A record 55 current NBA players were featured on national team rosters for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023, including four on the gold medal-winning German Men’s National Team: tournament MVP Dennis Schröder (Raptors), Daniel Theis (Pacers) and brothers Franz and Moritz Wagner (Orlando Magic).
  • There are also a number of American players with ties to other countries as well as more than 35 players with at least one parent from an African country. Among the American players with ties to other countries are Bam Adebayo (Miami Heat; ties to Nigeria), Jalen Green (Houston Rockets; ties to the Philippines), Matisse Thybulle (Trail Blazers; ties to Australia and Haiti), Karl-Anthony Towns (Timberwolves; ties to the Dominican Republic) and Jaylin Williams (Thunder; ties to Vietnam).

The 78th NBA regular season tips off tonight with a doubleheader on TNT and will reach fans in 214 countries and territories in more than 50 languages through the league’s broadcast partners around the world and NBA League Pass, the league’s premium live game subscription service available via the NBA App. In the first game, Jokić, Murray and the defending NBA champion Nuggets will receive their championship rings before hosting LeBron James and the Lakers in a rematch of the 2023 Western Conference Finals (7:30 p.m. ET). In the second game, four-time NBA champions Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and the Warriors will host Bradley Beal, Devin Booker, Kevin Durant and the Suns (10 p.m. ET).

Below is the full list of international players on 2023-24 opening-night rosters (active and inactive):

AngolaBruno FernandoAtlanta Hawks 
AustraliaPatty MillsAtlanta Hawks 
AustraliaBen SimmonsBrooklyn Nets 
AustraliaJosh Green**Dallas Mavericks 
AustraliaKyrie IrvingDallas Mavericks 
AustraliaDanté ExumDallas Mavericks 
AustraliaJock LandaleHouston Rockets 
AustraliaDyson Daniels^New Orleans Pelicans 
AustraliaJosh Giddey^**Oklahoma City Thunder 
AustraliaJoe InglesOrlando Magic 
AustriaJakob PoeltlToronto Raptors 
BahamasBuddy HieldIndiana Pacers 
BahamasDeandre Ayton**Portland Trail BlazersTies to Nigeria
BelgiumToumani CamaraPortland Trail Blazers 
Bosnia and HerzegovinaJusuf NurkićPhoenix Suns 
British Virgin IslandsD’Moi Hodge*Los Angeles Lakers 
BulgariaSasha VezenkovSacramento Kings 
CameroonJoel Embiid**Philadelphia 76ers 
CameroonChristian Koloko**Toronto Raptors 
CameroonPascal Siakam**Toronto Raptors 
CanadaDalano BantonBoston Celtics 
CanadaOshae BrissettBoston Celtics 
CanadaTristan ThompsonCleveland Cavaliers 
CanadaAJ Lawson***Dallas Mavericks 
CanadaDwight PowellDallas Mavericks 
CanadaOlivier-Maxence Prosper^**Dallas MavericksTies to Haiti
CanadaJamal Murray**Denver Nuggets 
CanadaCory JosephGolden State WarriorsTies to Trinidad and Tobago
CanadaAndrew WigginsGolden State Warriors 
CanadaDillon BrooksHouston Rockets 
CanadaAndrew Nembhard**Indiana Pacers 
CanadaBennedict Mathurin^**Indiana PacersTies to Haiti
CanadaJoshua Primo***LA Clippers 
CanadaBrandon ClarkeMemphis Grizzlies 
CanadaLindell Wigginton***Milwaukee Bucks 
CanadaNickeil Alexander-WalkerMinnesota Timberwolves 
CanadaLeonard MillerMinnesota Timberwolves 
CanadaRJ Barrett**New York Knicks 
CanadaLuguentz Dort**Oklahoma City Thunder 
CanadaCaleb HoustanOrlando Magic 
CanadaShaedon SharpePortland Trail Blazers 
CanadaTrey LylesSacramento Kings 
CanadaCharles Bediako***San Antonio SpursTies to Ghana
CanadaKelly Olynyk**Utah Jazz 
CanadaShai Gilgeous-Alexander**Oklahoma City Thunder 
CanadaEugene Omoruyi*Washington WizardsTies to Nigeria
CroatiaBojan BogdanovićDetroit Pistons 
CroatiaDario Šarić**Golden State Warriors 
CroatiaIvica ZubacLA Clippers 
CroatiaLuka Šamanić***Utah Jazz 
Democratic Republic of the CongoJonathan KumingaGolden State Warriors 
Democratic Republic of the CongoOscar Tshiebwe*Indiana Pacers 
Dominican RepublicAl HorfordBoston Celtics 
Dominican RepublicChris DuarteSacramento Kings 
FinlandLauri Markkanen**Utah Jazz 
FranceThéo Maledon*Charlotte Hornets 
FranceFrank Ntilikina**Charlotte HornetsTies to Belgium and Rwanda
FranceMalcolm Cazalon*Detroit Pistons 
FranceKillian Hayes**Detroit Pistons 
FranceMoussa Diabate***LA ClippersTies to Guinea and Mali
FranceNicolas Batum**LA ClippersTies to Cameroon
FranceRudy GobertMinnesota Timberwolves 
FranceEvan FournierNew York KnicksTies to Algeria
FranceOusmane DiengOklahoma City ThunderTies to Senegal
FranceOlivier Sarr*Oklahoma City ThunderTies to Senegal
FranceRayan RupertPortland Trail Blazers 
FranceVictor WembanyamaSan Antonio SpursTies to the Democratic Republic of the Congo
FranceSidy CissokoSan Antonio SpursTies to Senegal
FranceBilal CoulibalyWashington WizardsTies to Mali
GeorgiaGoga Bitadze**Orlando Magic 
GeorgiaSandro Mamukelashvili**San Antonio Spurs 
GermanyMaxi KleberDallas Mavericks 
GermanyDaniel TheisIndiana Pacers 
GermanyIsaiah Hartenstein**New York Knicks 
GermanyDennis SchröderToronto RaptorsTies to The Gambia
GermanyFranz WagnerOrlando Magic 
GermanyMoritz WagnerOrlando Magic 
GreeceThanasis AntetokounmpoMilwaukee BucksTies to Nigeria
GreeceGiannis AntetokounmpoMilwaukee BucksTies to Nigeria
IsraelDeni Avdija**Washington Wizards 
ItalySimone Fontecchio**Utah Jazz 
ItalyDanilo Gallinari**Washington Wizards 
JamaicaNick RichardsCharlotte Hornets 
JapanRui Hachimura**Los Angeles LakersTies to Benin
JapanYuta WatanabePhoenix Suns 
LatviaKristaps PorziņģisBoston Celtics 
LatviaDāvis BertānsOklahoma City Thunder 
LithuaniaJonas Valančiūnas**New Orleans Pelicans 
LithuaniaAzuolas Tubelis***Philadelphia 76ers 
LithuaniaDomantas SabonisSacramento Kings 
MaliAdama Sanogo***Chicago Bulls 
MontenegroNikola VučevićChicago Bulls 
New ZealandSteven AdamsMemphis Grizzlies 
NigeriaJosh OkogiePhoenix Suns 
NigeriaUdoka Azubuike*Phoenix Suns 
NigeriaCharles Bassey**San Antonio Spurs 
NigeriaPrecious AchiuwaToronto Raptors 
NigeriaChimezie MetuPhoenix Suns 
PortugalNeemias Queta*Boston Celtics 
SenegalMouhamed GueyeAtlanta Hawks 
SerbiaBogdan BogdanovićAtlanta Hawks 
SerbiaNikola JokićDenver Nuggets 
SerbiaBoban MarjanovićHouston Rockets 
SerbiaNikola JovićMiami Heat 
SerbiaAleksej Pokuševski**Oklahoma City Thunder 
SerbiaVasilije MicićOklahoma City Thunder 
SerbiaFilip Petrušev**Philadelphia 76ers 
SloveniaVlatko Čančar Denver Nuggets 
SloveniaLuka DončićDallas Mavericks 
South SudanDuop Reath*Portland Trail Blazers 
SpainRicky RubioCleveland Cavaliers 
SpainUsman Garuba*Golden State WarriorsTies to Nigeria
SpainSanti Aldama**Memphis Grizzlies 
St. LuciaChris BoucherToronto RaptorsTies to Canada
SudanBol BolPhoenix Suns 
SwitzerlandClint CapelaAtlanta HawksTies to Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo
TurkeyOnuralp Bitim***Chicago Bulls 
TurkeyAlperen ŞengünHouston Rockets 
TurkeyFurkan KorkmazPhiladelphia 76ers 
TurkeyCedi OsmanSan Antonio Spurs 
TurkeyÖmer Yurtseven**Utah Jazz 
UkraineSvi MykhailiukBoston Celtics 
UkraineAlex LenSacramento Kings 
United KingdomJeremy SochanSan Antonio SpursTies to Poland
United KingdomOG AnunobyToronto RaptorsTies to Nigeria

* – Two-Way Player

** – Former Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Camper

*** – Both Two-Way Player and Former BWB Camper

^ – NBA Academy Graduate