Saturday, October 29, 2016

NBA ROSTERS FEATURE RECORD 113 INTERNATIONAL PLAYERS FROM 41 COUNTRIES AND TERRITORIES

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- Third Consecutive Year League Has at Least 100 International Players and 

All Teams Feature at Least One International Player -

 

NEW YORK, Oct. 25, 2016 – 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

Luis Scola

Brooklyn Nets

Argentina

Nicolas Brussino

Dallas Mavericks

Argentina

Nicolas Laprovittola

San Antonio Spurs

Argentina

Manu Ginobili

San Antonio Spurs

Australia

Kyrie Irving

Cleveland Cavaliers

Australia

Andrew Bogut

Dallas Mavericks

Australia

Aron Baynes

Detroit Pistons

Australia

Matthew Dellavedova

Milwaukee Bucks

Australia

Ben Simmons

Philadelphia 76ers

Australia

Patty Mills

San Antonio Spurs

Australia

Dante Exum

Utah Jazz

Australia

Joe Ingles

Utah Jazz

Austria

Jakob Poeltl 

Toronto Raptors

Bahamas

Buddy Hield

New Orleans Pelicans

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Jusuf Nurkic

Denver Nuggets

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Ivica Zubac

Los Angeles Lakers

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mirza Teletovic

Milwaukee Bucks

Brazil

Tiago Splitter

Atlanta Hawks

Brazil

Cristiano Felicio

Chicago Bulls

Brazil

Anderson Varejao

Golden State Warriors

Brazil

Nene 

Houston Rockets

Brazil

Marcelo Huertas

Los Angeles Lakers

Brazil

Leandro Barbosa

Phoenix Suns

Brazil

Bruno Caboclo

Toronto Raptors

Brazil

Lucas Nogueira

Toronto Raptors

Brazil

Raul Neto

Utah Jazz

Cameroon

Luc Mbah a Moute

LA Clippers

Cameroon

Joel Embiid

Philadelphia 76ers

Cameroon

Pascal Siakam 

Toronto Raptors

Canada

Kelly Olynyk

Boston Celtics

Canada

Anthony Bennett

Brooklyn Nets

Canada

Tristan Thompson

Cleveland Cavaliers

Canada

Dwight Powell

Dallas Mavericks

Canada

Jamal Murray

Denver Nuggets

Canada

Tyler Ennis

Houston Rockets

Canada

Andrew Wiggins

Minnesota Timberwolves

Canada

Nik Stauskas

Philadelphia 76ers

Canada

Cory Joseph

Toronto Raptors

Canada

Trey Lyles

Utah Jazz

Canada

Andrew Nicholson

Washington Wizards

Cape Verde

Walter Tavares

Atlanta Hawks

Congo

Serge Ibaka

Orlando Magic

Croatia

Bojan Bogdanovic

Brooklyn Nets

Croatia

Damjan Rudez

Orlando Magic

Croatia

Mario Hezonja

Orlando Magic

Croatia

Dario Saric

Philadelphia 76ers

Croatia

Dragan Bender 

Phoenix Suns

Czech Republic

Tomas Satoransky

Washington Wizards

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Emmanuel Mudiay

Denver Nuggets

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Bismack Biyombo

Orlando Magic

Dominican Republic

Al Horford

Boston Celtics

France

Nicolas Batum

Charlotte Hornets

France

Kevin Seraphin

Indiana Pacers

France

Alexis Ajinca

New Orleans Pelicans

France

Joffrey Lauvergne

Oklahoma City Thunder

France

Evan Fournier

Orlando Magic

France

Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot

Philadelphia 76ers

France

Tony Parker

San Antonio Spurs

France

Boris Diaw

Utah Jazz

France

Rudy Gobert

Utah Jazz

France

Ian Mahinmi

Washington Wizards

Georgia

Zaza Pachulia

Golden State Warriors

Germany

Dennis Schroder

Atlanta Hawks

Germany

Paul Zipser

Chicago Bulls

Germany

Dirk Nowitzki

Dallas Mavericks

Greece

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Milwaukee Bucks

Greece

Georgios Papagiannis

Sacramento Kings

Haiti

Skal Labissiere

Sacramento Kings

Israel

Omri Casspi

Sacramento Kings

Italy

Marco Belinelli

Charlotte Hornets

Italy

Danilo Gallinari

Denver Nuggets

Latvia

Kristaps Porzingis

New York Knicks

Latvia

Davis Bertans 

San Antonio Spurs

Lithuania

Mindaugas Kuzminskas

New York Knicks

Lithuania

Domantas Sabonis

Oklahoma City Thunder

Lithuania

Jonas Valanciunas

Toronto Raptors

Mali

Cheick Diallo

New Orleans Pelicans

Montenegro

Nikola Mirotic

Chicago Bulls

Montenegro

Nikola Pekovic

Minnesota Timberwolves

Montenegro

Nikola Vucevic

Orlando Magic

New Zealand

Steven Adams

Oklahoma City Thunder

Nigeria

Festus Ezeli

Portland Trail Blazers

Poland

Marcin Gortat

Washington Wizards

Puerto Rico

Jose Juan Barea

Dallas Mavericks

Russia

Timofey Mozgov

Los Angeles Lakers

Senegal

Gorgui Dieng

Minnesota Timberwolves

Senegal

Maurice Ndour

New York Knicks

Serbia

Nikola Jokic

Denver Nuggets

Serbia

Boban Marjanovic

Detroit Pistons

Serbia

Nemanja Bjelica

Minnesota Timberwolves

Slovenia

Beno Udrih

Detroit Pistons

Slovenia

Goran Dragic

Miami Heat

Slovenia

Sasha Vujacic

New York Knicks

South Sudan

Luol Deng

Los Angeles Lakers

South Sudan

Thon Maker

Milwaukee Bucks

Spain

Juancho Hernangomez

Denver Nuggets

Spain

Jose Calderon

Los Angeles Lakers

Spain

Marc Gasol

Memphis Grizzlies

Spain

Ricky Rubio

Minnesota Timberwolves

Spain

Guillermo Hernangomez

New York Knicks

Spain

Alex Abrines

Oklahoma City Thunder

Spain

Sergio Rodriguez

Philadelphia 76ers

Spain

Pau Gasol

San Antonio Spurs

Sweden

Jonas Jerebko

Boston Celtics

Switzerland

Thabo Sefolosha

Atlanta Hawks

Switzerland

Clint Capela

Houston Rockets

Tunisia

Salah Mejri

Dallas Mavericks

Turkey

Omer Asik

New Orleans Pelicans

Turkey

Enes Kanter

Oklahoma City Thunder

Turkey

Ersan Ilyasova

Oklahoma City Thunder

Ukraine

Alex Len

Phoenix Suns

Ukraine

Joel Bolomboy

Utah Jazz

Venezuela

Greivis Vasquez

Brooklyn Nets

 


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