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Record 101 international players on opening day rosters

NBA champion Spurs have league-high nine foreign-born players

POSTED: Oct 29, 2014 11:41 AM ET

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The National Basketball Association (NBA) today announced that a record 101 international players from 37 countries and territories are on opening night rosters for the 2014-15 season, up from last year's record of 92 international players. This marks the first time the NBA has more than 100 international players.

The reigning NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs lead the league for the third consecutive season with nine international players. The Minnesota Timberwolves and Brooklyn Nets are second with six each; the Golden State Warriors have five; and the Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks, New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns, Toronto Raptors and Utah Jazz each have four.

Canada leads the way with a record 12 international players, including the number one overall pick in each of the last two NBA Drafts. France comes in second with 10 NBA players, while Australia and Brazil set new records for NBA participation with eight and seven players respectively. Spain rounds out the top five with five players.

The number of international players in the league has more than doubled since 2000-01 (45 international players) and nearly quintupled since 1990-91 (21 international players).

NBA games and programming are available in 215 countries and territories in 47 languages this season.

Argentina Luis Scola, Indiana Pacers
Argentina Pablo Prigioni, New York Knicks
Argentina Manu Ginobili, San Antonio Spurs


Australia Cameron Bairstow, Chicago Bulls
Australia Matthew Dellavedova, Cleveland Cavaliers
Australia Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
Australia Andrew Bogut, Golden State Warriors
Australia Aron Baynes, San Antonio Spurs
Australia Patty Mills, San Antonio Spurs
Australia Dante Exum, Utah Jazz
Australia Joe Ingles, Utah Jazz

Bosnia and Herzegovina Mirza Teletovic, Brooklyn Nets
Bosnia and Herzegovina Jusuf Nurkic, Denver Nuggets
Bosnia and Herzegovina Ognjen Kuzmic, Golden State Warriors

Brazil Vitor Faverani, Boston Celtics
Brazil Anderson Varejao, Cleveland Cavaliers
Brazil Leandro Barbosa, Golden State Warriors
Brazil Tiago Splitter, San Antonio Spurs
Brazil Bruno Caboclo, Toronto Raptors
Brazil Lucas Nogueira, Toronto Raptors
Brazil Nene, Washington Wizards

Cameroon Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers
Cameroon Luc Mbah a Moute, Philadelphia 76ers

Canada Kelly Olynyk, Boston Celtics
Canada Dwight Powell, Boston Celtics
Canada Tristan Thompson, Cleveland Cavaliers
Canada Joel Anthony, Detroit Pistons
Canada Steve Nash, Los Angeles Lakers
Canada Robert Sacre, Los Angeles Lakers
Canada Anthony Bennett, Minnesota Timberwolves
Canada Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota Timberwolves
Canada Andrew Nicholson, Orlando Magic
Canada Tyler Ennis, Phoenix Suns
Canada Nik Stauskas, Sacramento Kings
Canada Cory Joseph, San Antonio Spurs

Congo Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City Thunder

Croatia Bojan Bogdanovic, Brooklyn Nets
Croatia Damjan Rudez, Indiana Pacers

Dominican Republic Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks
Dominican Republic Francisco Garcia, Houston Rockets

Democratic Republic of the Congo Bismack Biyombo, Charlotte Hornets

France Ian Mahinmi, Indiana Pacers
France Damien Inglis, Milwaukee Bucks
France Ronny Turiaf, Minnesota Timberwolves
France Alexis Ajinca, New Orleans Pelicans
France Evan Fournier, Orlando Magic
France Nicolas Batum, Portland Trail Blazers
France Boris Diaw, San Antonio Spurs
France Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs
France Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz
France Kevin Seraphin, Washington Wizards

Georgia Zaza Pachulia, Milwaukee Bucks

Germany Dennis Schroder, Atlanta Hawks
Germany Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks

Great Britain Luol Deng, Miami Heat
Great Britain Joel Freeland, Portland Trail Blazers

Greece Kostas Papanikolaou, Houston Rockets
Greece Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks

Haiti Samuel Dalembert, New York Knicks

Israel Gal Mekel, Dallas Mavericks
Israel Omri Casspi, Sacramento Kings

Italy Danilo Gallinari, Denver Nuggets
Italy Luigi Datome, Detroit Pistons
Italy Andrea Bargnani, New York Knicks
Italy Marco Belinelli, San Antonio Spurs

Jamaica Jerome Jordan, Brooklyn Nets

Lithuania Donatas Motiejunas, Houston Rockets
Lithuania Jonas Valanciunas, Toronto Raptors

Macedonia Pero Antic, Atlanta Hawks

Mexico Jorge Gutierrez, Brooklyn Nets

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, Golden State Warriors

Poland Marcin Gortat, Washington Wizards

Russia Sergey Karasev, Brooklyn Nets
Russia Andrei Kirilenko, Brooklyn Nets
Russia Timofey Mozgov, Denver Nuggets
Russia Alexey Shved, Philadelphia 76ers

Senegal Gorgui Dieng, Minnesota Timberwolves

Serbia Nemanja Nedovic, Golden State Warriors

Slovenia Beno Udrih, Memphis Grizzlies
Slovenia Goran Dragic, Phoenix Suns
Slovenia Zoran Dragic, Phoenix Suns

Spain Pau Gasol, Chicago Bulls
Spain Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies
Spain Ricky Rubio, Minnesota Timberwolves
Spain Jose Calderon, New York Knicks
Spain Victor Claver, Portland Trail Blazers

Sweden Jeff Taylor, Charlotte Hornets
Sweden Jonas Jerebko, Detroit Pistons

Switzerland Thabo Sefolosha, Atlanta Hawks
Switzerland Clint Capela, Houston Rockets

Turkey Hedo Turkoglu, Los Angeles Clippers
Turkey Ersan Ilyasova, Milwaukee Bucks
Turkey Omer Asik, New Orleans Pelicans
Turkey Enes Kanter, Utah Jazz

Ukraine Alex Len, Phoenix Suns

U.S. Virgin Islands Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs

Venezuela Greivis Vasquez, Toronto Raptors