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Record-tying 84 international players on opening-night rosters


Posted Oct 31, 2012 1:20 AM

NEW YORK (Official Release) -- Opening-night rosters for the 2012-13 NBA season feature a record-tying 84 international players, previously set in 2010-11, from 37 countries and territories. The opening-night record for countries and territories is 38, and was also set in the 2010-11 season. Twenty-nine of the 30 teams feature at least one international player.

The San Antonio Spurs have a record for the most ever international players on a team roster with eight, followed by the Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves with five each. Five teams have four players (Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic, Milwaukee Bucks, Portland Trailblazers, and Toronto Raptors), and 11 teams have three players.

France is the most represented country, boasting 10 players, and Canada follows with the country's most players ever with eight. Brazil and Spain each have five players on team rosters.

San Antonio takes the title for the most internationally diverse team, with six countries represented: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, and US Virgin Islands. Also boosting the record number this year are 17 international rookies from 12 countries.

At the end of the 2011-12 regular season, the NBA featured 78 international players from 35 countries and territories on team rosters (both active and inactive).

Argentina

Carlos Delfino, Houston Rockets

Manu Ginobili, San Antonio Spurs

Pablo Prigioni, New York Knicks

Luis Scola, Phoenix Suns

Australia

Andrew Bogut, Golden State Warriors

Kyrie Irving1, Cleveland Cavaliers

Patrick Mills, San Antonio Spurs

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Mirza Teletovic, Brooklyn Nets

Brazil

Leandro Barbosa, Boston Celtics

Nene Hilario, Washington Wizards

Fab Melo, Boston Celtics

Tiago Splitter, San Antonio Spurs

Anderson Varejao, Cleveland Cavaliers

Cameroon

Luc Mbah A Moute, Milwaukee Bucks

Canada

Joel Anthony, Miami Heat

Samuel Dalembert2, Milwaukee Bucks

Cory Joseph, San Antonio Spurs

Kris Joseph, Boston Celtics

South Africa

Steve Nash3, Los Angeles Lakers

Andrew Nicholson, Orlando Magic

Robert Sacre, Los Angeles Lakers

Tristan Thompson, Cleveland Cavaliers

Czech Republic

Jan Vesely, Washington Wizards

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Bismack Biyombo, Charlotte Bobcats

Dominican Republic

Francisco Garcia, Sacramento Kings

Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks

France

Nicolas Batum, Portland Trail Blazers

Guadeloupe Rodrigue Beaubois, Dallas Mavericks

Nando De Colo, San Antonio Spurs

Boris Diaw, San Antonio Spurs

Evan Fournier, Denver Nuggets

Ian Mahinmi, Indiana Pacers

Belgium

Tony Parker5, San Antonio Spurs

Johan Petro, Atlanta Hawks

French Guiana

Kevin Seraphin, Washington Wizards

Martinique

Ronny Turiaf, Los Angeles Clippers

Georgia

Zaza Pachulia, Atlanta Hawks

Tornike Shengelia, Brooklyn Nets

Germany

Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks

Great Britain

Luol Deng6, Chicago Bulls

Joel Freeland, Portland Trail Blazers

Iran

Hamed Haddadi, Memphis Grizzlies

Israel

Omri Casspi, Cleveland Cavaliers

Italy

Andrea Bargnani, Toronto Raptors

Marco Belinelli, Chicago Bulls

Danilo Gallinari, Denver Nuggets

Jamaica

Samardo Samuels, Cleveland Cavaliers

Latvia

Andris Biedrins, Golden State Warriors

Lithuania

Linas Kleiza, Toronto Raptors

Donatas Motiejunas, Houston Rockets

Jonas Valanciunas, Toronto Raptors

Mexico

Gustavo Ayon, Orlando Magic

Montenegro

Nikola Pekovic, Minnesota Timberwolves

Nikola Vucevic, Orlando Magic

Nigeria

Festus Ezeli, Golden State Warriors

Poland

Marcin Gortat, Phoenix Suns

Puerto Rico

Jose Juan Barea, Minnesota Timberwolves

Russia

Andrei Kirilenko, Minnesota Timberwolves

Timofey Mozgov, Denver Nuggets

Alexey Shved, Minnesota Timberwolves

Senegal

DeSagana Diop, Charlotte Bobcats

Serbia

Darko Milicic, Boston Celtics

Montenegro

Aleksandar Pavlovic, Portland Trail Blazers

Bosnia-Herzegovina

Vladimir Radmanovic7, Chicago Bulls

Slovenia

Goran Dragic, Phoenix Suns

Beno Udrih, Milwaukee Bucks

Spain

Jose Manuel Calderon, Toronto Raptors

Victor Claver, Portland Trail Blazers

Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies

Pau Gasol, Los Angeles Lakers

Ricky Rubio, Minnesota Timberwolves

Sweden

Jonas Jerebko, Detroit Pistons

Jeff Taylor, Charlotte Bobcats

Switzerland

Thabo Sefolosha, Oklahoma City Thunder

Tanzania

Hasheem Thabeet, Oklahoma City Thunder

Turkey

Omer Asik, Houston Rockets

Ersan Ilyasova, Milwaukee Bucks

Enes Kanter, Utah Jazz

Hidayet "Hedo" Turkoglu, Orlando Magic

Ukraine

Viacheslav Kravtsov, Detroit Pistons

U.S Virgin Islands

Raja Bell, Utah Jazz

Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs

Venezuela

Greivis Vasquez, New Orleans Hornets

PLAYERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD WITH RIGHTS HELD BY AN NBA TEAM

Argentina

Federico Kammerichs, Portland Trail Blazers

Marcelo Nicola, Portland Trail Blazers

Australia

Ater Majok, Los Angeles Lakers

Brad Newley, Houston Rockets

Ben Pepper, Boston Celtics

Belarus

Vladimir Veremeenko, Chicago Bulls

Belgium

Alex Hervelle, Houston Rockets

Bosnia-Herzegovina

Stanko Barac, Indiana Pacers

Edin Bavcic, New Orleans Hornets

Nedzad Sinanovic, Portland Trail Blazers

Brazil

Paulao Prestes, Minnesota Timberwolves

China

Xue Yuyang, Denver Nuggets

Croatia Bosnia-Herzegovina

Bojan Bogdanovic, Brooklyn Nets

Bosnia-Herzegovina

Josip Sesar, Boston Celtics

Ante Tomic, Utah Jazz

Tomislav Zubcic, Toronto Raptors

Denmark

Christian Drejer, Brooklyn Nets

Finland

Petteri Koponen, Dallas Mavericks

France

Alain Digbeu, Atlanta Hawks

Paccelis Morlende, Oklahoma City Thunder

Georgia

Viktor Sanikidze, San Antonio Spurs

Germany

Peter Fehse, Utah Jazz

Tibor Pleiss, Oklahoma City Thunder

Great Britain

Andrew Betts, Indiana Pacers

Ryan Richards, San Antonio Spurs

Greece

Kostas Papanikolaou, Portland Trail Blazers

Cameroon

Sofoklis Schortsanitis, Los Angeles Clippers

Hungary

Adam Hanga, San Antonio Spurs

Israel

Lior Eliyahu, Minnesota Timberwolves

Yotam Halperin, Oklahoma City Thunder

Doron Sheffer, Portland Trail Blazers

Italy

Augusto Binelli, Atlanta Hawks

Lithuania

Robertas Javtokas, San Antonio Spurs

Renaldas Seibutis, Dallas Mavericks

Aurelijius Zukauskas, Milwaukee Bucks

Montenegro

Nikola Mirotic, Chicago Bulls

Mladen Sekularac, Golden State Warriors

Milos Vujanic, Phoenix Suns

Netherlands

Henk Norel, Minnesota Timberwolves

Ramon Van de Hare, Orlando Magic

Nigeria

Chinemelu Elonu, Los Angeles Lakers

Chukwudiebere Maduabum, Denver Nuggets

Ejike Ugboaja, Cleveland Cavaliers

Poland

Szymon Szewczyk, Milwaukee Bucks

Puerto Rico

Ricky Sanchez, Memphis Grizzlies

Qatar Congo

Tanguy Ngombo, Minnesota Timberwolves

Russia

Andrei Festisov, Milwaukee Bucks

Sasha Kaun, Cleveland Cavaliers

Uzbekistan

Sergei Karaulov, San Antonio Spurs

Serbia

Nemanja Bjelica, Minnesota Timberwolves

Dejan Bodiroga, Sacramento Kings

Tadija Dragicevic, Dallas Mavericks

Milan Macvan, Cleveland Cavaliers

Milovan Rakovic, Orlando Magic

Slovenia

Sani Becirovic, Denver Nuggets

Erazem Lorbek, San Antonio Spurs

Bosnia-Herzegovina

Emir Preldzic, Washington Wizards

Spain

Robert Duenas, Miami Heat

Sergio Llull, Houston Rockets

Albert Miralles, Boston Celtics

Fran Vasquez, Orlando Magic

Turkey

Cenk Akyol, Atlanta Hawks

Furkan Aldemir, Houston Rockets

Ilkan Karaman, Brooklyn Nets

Ukraine

Sergey Gladyr, Atlanta Hawks

Sergei Lishok, Los Angeles Lakers

Key

1 = Born in Austraila, moved to US. Holds dual citizenship.

2 = Born in Haiti, raised in Canada and became Canadian citizen in 2007

3 = Born in South Africa, raised in Canada

4 = Born in Congo, moved to Spain. Holds dual citizenship

5 = Born in Belgium

6 = Born in South Sudan, became British citizen in 2006

7 = Born in Bosnia-Herzegovina and raised in Serbia

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