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NBA rosters feature 108 international players from 38 countries and territories

– Sixth Consecutive Season League Has at Least 100 International Players – – 16 Canadians Set Record for Most Players from a Non-U.S. Country on Opening-Night Rosters –

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NEW YORK, Oct. 22, 2019 – The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced today that 108 international players from 38 countries and territories are on opening-night rosters for the 2019-20 season, marking the sixth consecutive season that opening-night rosters feature at least 100 international players. 

The record for international players (113) and record for countries and territories represented (42) were set at the start of the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons, respectively. 

This year’s 108 international players are more than four times the 24 international players on opening-night rosters for the 1994-95 season 25 years ago.  Opening-night rosters also feature a record 16 Canadian players – the most players from a non-U.S. country ever on opening-night rosters.

The most-represented countries among the 108 international players on opening-night rosters are Canada (16 players), Australia (nine players), France (eight players), Croatia (seven players) and Serbia (six players).  Canada saw a record six players selected in the NBA Draft 2019 presented by State Farm®, surpassing the previous record for most draftees from a non-U.S. country (five) set by France in 2016. 

The Dallas Mavericks have an NBA-high seven international players.  The Phoenix Suns and Philadelphia 76ers each have six, while the Memphis Grizzlies, Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio Spurs, Sacramento Kings, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz and Washington Wizards each have five. 

The NBA’s 74th season begins tonight with a doubleheader on TNT as part of Kia NBA Tip-Off 2019.  In the opening game, the defending NBA Champion Toronto Raptors will host the New Orleans Pelicans at 8 p.m. ET.  In the second game, the Los Angeles Lakers will face the LA Clippers at 10:30 p.m. ET. 

In addition to the 108 international players on 2019-20 opening-night rosters, there are a record 11 international players from eight countries on “two-way” contracts. 

A record 30 former Basketball Without Borders (BWB) campers are on opening-night rosters, surpassing the previous record of 28 set last season.  Former BWB campers include RJ Barrett (New York Knicks; Canada; BWB Global 2017), Marc Gasol (Raptors; Spain; BWB Europe 2003) and Joel Embiid (76ers; Cameroon; BWB Africa 2011).  BWB is the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program that has seen 69 former campers drafted into the NBA or signed as free agents since 2001.

Below please find international player milestones and storylines for the upcoming season:

  • There are 11 international players on opening-night rosters who have been NBA All-Stars: Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks; Greece), Goran Dragić (Miami Heat; Slovenia), Embiid, Al Horford (76ers; Dominican Republic), Marc Gasol, Pau Gasol (Portland Trail Blazers; Spain), Kyrie Irving (Brooklyn Nets; Australia), Nikola Jokić (Denver Nuggets; Serbia), Kristaps Porzingis (Mavericks; Latvia), Ben Simmons (76ers; Australia) and Nikola Vučević (Orlando Magic; Montenegro).
  • Four of the five players who won 2018-19 Kia NBA Performance Awards were international: Antetokounmpo (Kia NBA Most Valuable Player), Luka Dončić (Kia NBA Rookie of the Year; Mavericks; Slovenia), Pascal Siakam (Kia NBA Most Improved Player; Raptors; Cameroon) and Rudy Gobert (Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year; Jazz; France).
  • As part of the NBA.com 2019-20 GM Survey, Antetokounmpo was voted the No. 1 player most likely to win the MVP (52% of votes) and the No. 1 player with whom general managers would want to start a franchise (86% of votes).  Jokić (48%) and Embiid (28%) were voted the best centers in the NBA.
  • Rui Hachimura (Wizards; Japan) and Yuta Watanabe (two-way player for the Grizzlies; Japan) are seeking to make history as the first two Japanese players to play in the NBA during the same season.
  • Bruno Fernando (Atlanta Hawks) is seeking to become the first player from Angola to play in an NBA game.
  • There are three sets of international brothers on opening-night rosters: Giannis and Thanasis Antetokounmpo (Greece); Marc and Pau Gasol (Spain); Willy and Juancho Hernangómez (Spain).

Below please find the full list of international players on 2019-20 opening-night rosters

(active and inactive):

CountryFirst NameLast NameNBA Team
AngolaBrunoFernandoAtlanta Hawks
AustraliaAronBaynesPhoenix Suns
AustraliaJonahBoldenPhiladelphia 76ers
AustraliaRyanBroekhoffDallas Mavericks
AustraliaMatthewDellavedovaCleveland Cavaliers
AustraliaDanteExumUtah Jazz
AustraliaJoeInglesUtah Jazz
AustraliaKyrieIrvingBrooklyn Nets
AustraliaPattyMillsSan Antonio Spurs
AustraliaBenSimmonsPhiladelphia 76ers
AustriaJakobPoeltlSan Antonio Spurs
BahamasBuddyHieldSacramento Kings
BahamasDeandreAyton*Phoenix Suns
Bosnia and HerzegovinaDzananMusaBrooklyn Nets
Bosnia and HerzegovinaJusufNurkićPortland Trail Blazers
BrazilBrunoCaboclo*Memphis Grizzlies
BrazilCristianoFelicioChicago Bulls
BrazilRaulNetoPhiladelphia 76ers
BrazilNene Houston Rockets
CameroonJoelEmbiid*Philadelphia 76ers
CameroonPascalSiakam*Toronto Raptors
CanadaNickeilAlexander-WalkerNew Orleans Pelicans
CanadaRJBarrett*New York Knicks
CanadaKhemBirchOrlando Magic
CanadaChrisBoucherToronto Raptors
CanadaIgnasBrazdeikis*New York Knicks
CanadaDillonBrooksMemphis Grizzlies
CanadaBrandonClarkeMemphis Grizzlies
CanadaCoryJosephSacramento Kings
CanadaMfionduKabengeleLA Clippers
CanadaTreyLylesSan Antonio Spurs
CanadaJamalMurray*Denver Nuggets
CanadaKellyOlynyk*Miami Heat
CanadaDwightPowellDallas Mavericks
CanadaTristanThompsonCleveland Cavaliers
CanadaAndrewWigginsMinnesota Timberwolves
CanadaShaiGilgeous-Alexander*Oklahoma City Thunder
CroatiaLukaŠamanić*San Antonio Spurs
CroatiaDraganBender*Milwaukee Bucks
CroatiaBojanBogdanovićUtah Jazz
CroatiaMarioHezonjaPortland Trail Blazers
CroatiaDarioŠarić*Phoenix Suns
CroatiaAnteŽižić*Cleveland Cavaliers
CroatiaIvicaZubacLA Clippers
Czech RepublicTomášSatoranský*Chicago Bulls
Democratic Republic of the CongoBismackBiyomboCharlotte Hornets
Democratic Republic of the CongoEmmanuelMudiayUtah Jazz
Dominican RepublicAlHorfordPhiladelphia 76ers
EgyptAbdelNaderOklahoma City Thunder
FinlandLauriMarkkanen*Chicago Bulls
FranceNicolasBatum*Charlotte Hornets
FranceSekouDoumbouya*Detroit Pistons
FranceEvanFournierOrlando Magic
FranceRudyGobertUtah Jazz
FranceIanMahinmiWashington Wizards
FranceFrankNtilikina*New York Knicks
FranceVincentPoirierBoston Celtics
FranceÉlieOkoboPhoenix Suns
GeorgiaGogaBitadze*Indiana Pacers
GermanyIsaacBonga*Washington Wizards
GermanyMaxiKleberDallas Mavericks
GermanyDennisSchröderOklahoma City Thunder
GermanyDanielTheisBoston Celtics
GermanyMoritzWagnerWashington Wizards
GreeceGiannisAntetokounmpoMilwaukee Bucks
GreeceThanasisAntetokounmpoMilwaukee Bucks
HaitiSkalLabissièrePortland Trail Blazers
ItalyMarcoBelinelli*San Antonio Spurs
ItalyDaniloGallinari*Oklahoma City Thunder
ItalyNicolòMelliNew Orleans Pelicans
JapanRuiHachimura*Washington Wizards
LatviaDavisBertansWashington Wizards
LatviaKristapsPorziņģisDallas Mavericks
LatviaRodionsKurucsBrooklyn Nets
LithuaniaDomantasSabonisIndiana Pacers
LithuaniaJonasValančiūnas*Memphis Grizzlies
MaliCheickDialloPhoenix Suns
MontenegroNikolaVučevićOrlando Magic
New ZealandStevenAdamsOklahoma City Thunder
NigeriaJoshOkogieMinnesota Timberwolves
Puerto RicoJ.J.BareaDallas Mavericks
Republic of the CongoSergeIbakaToronto Raptors
SenegalGorguiDieng*Minnesota Timberwolves
SerbiaNemanjaBjelicaSacramento Kings
SerbiaBogdanBogdanovićSacramento Kings
SerbiaMarkoGudurić Memphis Grizzlies
SerbiaNikolaJokićDenver Nuggets
SerbiaBobanMarjanovićDallas Mavericks
SerbiaAlenSmailagićGolden State Warriors
SloveniaVlatkoČančar Denver Nuggets
SloveniaGoranDragićMiami Heat
SloveniaLukaDončićDallas Mavericks
South SudanThonMaker*Detroit Pistons
South SudanWenyenGabrielSacramento Kings
SpainPauGasolPortland Trail Blazers
SpainMarcGasol*Toronto Raptors
SpainJuanchoHernangómezDenver Nuggets
SpainWillyHernangómez*Charlotte Hornets
SpainRickyRubioPhoenix Suns
SwitzerlandClintCapelaHouston Rockets
SwitzerlandThaboSefoloshaHouston Rockets
TurkeyErsanIlyasovaMilwaukee Bucks
TurkeyEnesKanter*Boston Celtics
TurkeyFurkanKorkmazPhiladelphia 76ers
TurkeyCediOsmanCleveland Cavaliers
UkraineAlexLenAtlanta Hawks
UkraineSviMykhailiukDetroit Pistons
United KingdomOGAnunobyToronto Raptors

Below please find the full list of international two-way players:

CountryFirst NameLast NameNBA Team
Antigua and BarbudaNorvelPellePhiladelphia 76ers
CanadaNazMitrou-LongIndiana Pacers
CanadaLuguentzDort*Oklahoma City Thunder
CanadaMarialShayokPhiladelphia 76ers
CanadaOshaeBrissettToronto Raptors
FranceAdamMokokaChicago Bulls
GabonChrisSilvaMiami Heat
GreeceKostasAntetokounmpoLos Angeles Lakers
JapanYutaWatanabeMemphis Grizzlies
SenegalTackoFallBoston Celtics
SudanBolBolDenver Nuggets

*Former Basketball Without Borders camper

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