Record 84 International Players on Opening-Night NBA Team Rosters

-- Twenty-Eight Teams Feature at Least One International Player --


Lakers forward Pau Gasol (Spain) shoots over Rockets center Yao Ming (China).
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NEW YORK, Oct. 26, 2010 – Opening-night team rosters for the 2010-11 NBA season feature a record 84 international players from 38 countries and territories. Twenty-eight of the 30 teams feature at least one international player. The league set its previous opening-night record in 2006-07, with 83 players from 37 countries and territories.

The Toronto Raptors have the most international players, with six, followed by the Dallas Mavericks and Utah Jazz, with five each. Eight teams have four international players.

The Raptors are also the most internationally diverse team, with six countries represented: Australia, Brazil, Italy, Lithuania, Nigeria, and Spain. The Jazz roster features representation from five countries and territories: Netherlands, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

This year, Jamaica and Nigeria – countries that produced NBA legends Patrick Ewing and Hakeem Olajuwon, respectively – return to the list.

France is the most represented country, boasting 11 players, followed by Turkey, with five. Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Serbia, and Spain each have four players on NBA rosters.

At the end of the 2009-10 regular season, the NBA featured 79 international players from 35 countries and territories on team rosters (both active and inactive). In comparison, ten years ago NBA rosters featured 45 international players from 28 countries and territories on opening night of the 2000-01 season.

The following is a complete list of international players on 2010-11 NBA opening night rosters (both active and inactive):


NATIONALITYBIRTHPLACEFIRST NAMELAST NAMENBA TEAM
Argentina
CarlosDelfinoMilwaukee Bucks

Emanuel "Manu"GinobiliSan Antonio Spurs

AndresNocioniPhiladelphia 76ers

Luis ScolaHouston Rockets
Australia
David AndersenToronto Raptors

Andrew BogutMilwaukee Bucks

PatrickMillsPortland Trail Blazers
BelgiumDemocratic Republic
of the Congo
Didier “DJ” Ilunga-Mbenga (1)New Orleans Hornets
Brazil
Nene
Denver Nuggets

LeandroBarbosaToronto Raptors

TiagoSplitterSan Antonio Spurs

AndersonVarejaoCleveland Cavaliers
Cameroon
LucMbah A MouteMilwaukee Bucks
Canada
Joel AnthonyMiami Heat
HaitiSamuelDalembert (2)Sacramento Kings

JamaalMagloireMiami Heat
South AfricaSteveNash (3)Phoenix Suns
China
Yao Ming
Houston Rockets

Yi Jianlian
Washington Wizards
Congo
SergeIbakaOklahoma City Thunder
Democratic Republic
of the Congo

ChristianEeyengaCleveland Cavaliers
Dominican Republic
FranciscoGarciaSacramento Kings

Al HorfordAtlanta Hawks
France
AlexisAjincaDallas Mavericks

NicolasBatumPortland Trail Blazers
GuadeloupeRodrigueBeauboisDallas Mavericks

BorisDiawCharlotte Bobcats

Ian MahinmiDallas Mavericks
BelgiumTonyParker (4)San Antonio Spurs
JohanPetroNew Jersey Nets
GuadeloupeMickaelPietrusOrlando Magic
French GuianaKevin SeraphinWashington Wizards

Pape SyAtlanta Hawks
MartiniqueRonnyTuriafNew York Knicks
Georgia
ZazaPachuliaAtlanta Hawks
Germany
DirkNowitzkiDallas Mavericks
Great Britain
KelennaAzubuikeNew York Knicks
SudanLuol Deng (5)Chicago Bulls

PopsMensah BonsuNew Orleans Hornets
Iran
HamedHaddadiMemphis Grizzlies
Israel
OmriCasspiSacramento Kings
Italy
AndreaBargnaniToronto Raptors

Marco BelinelliNew Orleans Hornets

Danilo GallinariNew York Knicks
Jamaica
SamardoSamuelsCleveland Cavaliers
Latvia
AndrisBiedrinsGolden State Warriors
Lithuania
ZydrunasIlgauskasMiami Heat

LinasKleizaToronto Raptors

DariusSongailaPhiladelphia 76ers
Mexico
EduardoNajeraCharlotte Bobcats
Montenegro
NikolaPekovicMinnesota Timberwolves
Netherlands
FranciscoElsonUtah Jazz

DanGadzuricGolden State Warriors
Nigeria
SolomonAlabiToronto Raptors
Poland
MarcinGortatOrlando Magic
Puerto Rico
CarlosArroyoMiami Heat

Jose JuanBareaDallas Mavericks
Russia
AndreiKirilenkoUtah Jazz

TimofeyMozgovNew York Knicks
Senegal
DeSaganaDiopCharlotte Bobcats

HamadyN’DiayeWashington Wizards
Serbia
Nenad KrsticOklahoma City Thunder

DarkoMilicicMinnesota Timberwolves
Bosnia-Herzegovina Vladimir Radmanovic (6)Golden State Warriors
Croatia Predrag “Peja”StojakovicNew Orleans Hornets
Slovenia
GoranDragicPhoenix Suns

Beno UdrihSacramento Kings

SashaVujacicLos Angeles Lakers
Spain
Jose ManuelCalderonToronto Raptors

RudyFernandezPortland Trail Blazers

MarcGasolMemphis Grizzlies

Pau GasolLos Angeles Lakers
Sweden
Jonas JerebkoDetroit Pistons
Switzerland
ThaboSefoloshaOklahoma City Thunder
Tanzania
HasheemThabeetMemphis Grizzlies
Turkey
Omer AsikChicago Bulls

SemihErdenBoston Celtics

ErsanIlyasovaMilwaukee Bucks

Mehmet OkurUtah Jazz

Hidayet "Hedo"TurkogluPhoenix Suns
Ukraine
KyryloFesenkoUtah Jazz
U.S Virgin Islands
RajaBellUtah Jazz

Tim DuncanSan Antonio Spurs
Venezuela
GreivisVasquezMemphis Grizzlies

Key
1 = Born in Democratic Republic of Congo and moved to Belgium, 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 Belgium
5 = Born in Sudan, became British citizen in 2006
6 = Born in Bosnia-Herzegovina and raised in Serbia

PLAYERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD WITH RIGHTS HELD BY AN NBA TEAM
NATIONALITYBIRTHPLACEFIRST NAMELAST NAMENBA TEAM
Argentina
FedericoKammerichsPortland Trail Blazers

Marcelo NicolaPortland Trail Blazers
Australia
Brad NewleyHouston Rockets

BenPepperBoston Celtics
Belarus
VladimirVeremeenkoChicago Bulls
Belgium
AlexHervelleHouston Rockets
Bosnia-Herzegovina
StankoBaracIndiana Pacers

EdinBavcicPhiladelphia 76ers

Nedzad SinanovicPortland Trail Blazers
Brazil
PaulaoPrestesMinnesota Timberwolves
China
Xue Yuyang
Denver Nuggets
CroatiaBosnia-HerzegovinaJosipSesarBoston Celtics

Ante TomicUtah Jazz
Denmark
ChristianDrejerNew Jersey Nets
Finland
PetteriKoponenPortland Trail Blazers
France
NandoDe ColoSan Antonio Spurs

AlainDigbeuAtlanta Hawks

Paccelis MorlendeOklahoma City Thunder

FredericWeissHouston Rockets
Georgia
ViktorSanikidzeSan Antonio Spurs
Germany
PeterFehseUtah Jazz

TiborPleissOklahoma City Thunder
Great Britain
AndrewBettsIndiana Pacers

JoelFreelandPortland Trail Blazers

Ryan RichardsSan Antonio Spurs
Greece
GeorgisPrintezisToronto Raptors
CameroonSofoklisSchortsanitisLos Angeles Clippers
Israel
Lior EliyahuHouston Rockets

YotamHalperinOklahoma City Thunder

DoronShefferPortland Trail Blazers
Italy
Augusto BinelliAtlanta Hawks
Jamaica
JeromeJordanNew York Knicks
Lithuania
RobertasJavtokasSan Antonio Spurs

RenaldasSeibutisDallas Mavericks

AurelijiusZukauskasMilwaukee Bucks
Montenegro
MladenSekularacGolden State Warriors
Netherlands
HenkNorelMinnesota Timberwolves

RamonVan de HareOrlando Magic
Nigeria
ChinemeluElonuLos Angeles Lakers

EjikeUgboajaCleveland Cavaliers
Poland
Szymon SzewczykMilwaukee Bucks
Puerto Rico
Ricky SanchezPhiladelphia 76ers
Russia
AndreiFestisovMilwaukee Bucks

SashaKaunCleveland Cavaliers
UzbekistanSergeiKaraulovSan Antonio Spurs
Serbia
NemanjaBjelicaMinnesota Timberwolves

DejanBodirogaSacramento Kings

TadijaDragicevicUtah Jazz

MilovanRakovicOrlando Magic

Milos VujanicPhoenix Suns
Slovenia
SaniBecirovicDenver Nuggets

ErazemLorbekIndiana Pacers
Bosnia-HerzegovinaEmirPreldzicWashington Wizards
Spain
VictorClaverPortland Trail Blazers

Robert DuenasMiami Heat

SergioLlullHouston Rockets

AlbertMirallesBoston Celtics

Ricky RubioMinnesota Timberwolves

FranVasquezOrlando Magic
Turkey
CenkAkyolAtlanta Hawks
Ukraine
SergeyGladyrAtlanta Hawks

SergeiLishokHouston Rockets