Record-Tying 84 International Players on 2012-13 Opening-Night NBA Rosters

-- San Antonio Spurs with Most International Players at Eight, France has Strongest Representation with 10 Players --
-- Twenty-Nine Teams Feature at Least One International Player --

NEW YORK, Oct. 30, 2012 – 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).

The following is a complete list of international players on 2012-13 NBA opening-night rosters (both active and inactive):

NATIONALITYBIRTHPLACEFIRST NAMELAST NAMENBA TEAM
ArgentinaCarlos DelfinoHouston Rockets
Emanuel "Manu"GinobiliSan Antonio Spurs
PabloPrigioniNew York Knicks
Luis ScolaPhoenix Suns
AustraliaAndrew BogutGolden State Warriors
KyrieIrving1Cleveland Cavaliers
PatrickMillsSan Antonio Spurs
Bosnia & HerzegovinaMirzaTeletovicBrooklyn Nets
BrazilLeandroBarbosaBoston Celtics
Nene HilarioWashington Wizards
FabMeloBoston Celtics
TiagoSplitterSan Antonio Spurs
AndersonVarejaoCleveland Cavaliers
CameroonLucMbah A MouteMilwaukee Bucks
CanadaJoel AnthonyMiami Heat
SamuelDalembert2Milwaukee Bucks
Cory JosephSan Antonio Spurs
KrisJosephBoston Celtics
South AfricaSteveNash3Los Angeles Lakers
AndrewNicholsonOrlando Magic
Robert SacreLos Angeles Lakers
Tristan ThompsonCleveland Cavaliers
Congo SergeIbaka4Oklahoma City Thunder
Czech RepublicJanVeselyWashington Wizards
Democratic Republic
of the Congo
Bismack BiyomboCharlotte Bobcats
Dominican RepublicFranciscoGarciaSacramento Kings
Al HorfordAtlanta Hawks
FranceNicolasBatumPortland Trail Blazers
GuadeloupeRodrigueBeauboisDallas Mavericks
NandoDe ColoSan Antonio Spurs
BorisDiawSan Antonio Spurs
EvanFournierDenver Nuggets
Ian MahinmiIndiana Pacers
BelgiumTonyParker5San Antonio Spurs
JohanPetroAtlanta Hawks
French GuianaKevin SeraphinWashington Wizards
MartiniqueRonnyTuriafLos Angeles Clippers
GeorgiaZazaPachuliaAtlanta Hawks
TornikeShengeliaBrooklyn Nets
GermanyDirkNowitzkiDallas Mavericks
Great BritainSudanLuol Deng6Chicago Bulls
JoelFreelandPortland Trail Blazers
IranHamed HaddadiMemphis Grizzlies
IsraelOmriCasspiCleveland Cavaliers
ItalyAndreaBargnaniToronto Raptors
Marco BelinelliChicago Bulls
Danilo GallinariDenver Nuggets
JamaicaSamardoSamuelsCleveland Cavaliers
LatviaAndrisBiedrinsGolden State Warriors
LithuaniaLinasKleizaToronto Raptors
DonatasMotiejunasHouston Rockets
Jonas ValanciunasToronto Raptors
MexicoGustavoAyonOrlando Magic
MontenegroNikolaPekovicMinnesota Timberwolves
NikolaVucevicOrlando Magic
NigeriaFestusEzeliGolden State Warriors
PolandMarcinGortatPhoenix Suns
Puerto RicoJose JuanBareaMinnesota Timberwolves
RussiaAndrei KirilenkoMinnesota Timberwolves
TimofeyMozgovDenver Nuggets
AlexeyShvedMinnesota Timberwolves
SenegalDeSaganaDiopCharlotte Bobcats
SerbiaDarkoMilicicBoston Celtics
MontenegroAleksandarPavlovicPortland Trail Blazers
Bosnia-Herzegovina Vladimir Radmanovic7Chicago Bulls
SloveniaGoranDragicPhoenix Suns
Beno UdrihMilwaukee Bucks
SpainJose ManuelCalderonToronto Raptors
VictorClaverPortland Trail Blazers
MarcGasolMemphis Grizzlies
Pau GasolLos Angeles Lakers
Ricky RubioMinnesota Timberwolves
SwedenJonas JerebkoDetroit Pistons
JeffTaylorCharlotte Bobcats
SwitzerlandThaboSefoloshaOklahoma City Thunder
TanzaniaHasheemThabeetOklahoma City Thunder
TurkeyOmer AsikHouston Rockets
ErsanIlyasovaMilwaukee Bucks
EnesKanterUtah Jazz
Hidayet "Hedo"TurkogluOrlando Magic
UkraineViacheslavKravtsovDetroit Pistons
U.S Virgin IslandsRajaBellUtah Jazz
Tim DuncanSan Antonio Spurs
VenezuelaGreivisVasquezNew Orleans Hornets

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


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

NATIONALITYBIRTHPLACEFIRST NAMELAST NAMENBA TEAM
ArgentinaFedericoKammerichsPortland Trail Blazers
Marcelo NicolaPortland Trail Blazers
AustraliaAter MajokLos Angeles Lakers
Brad NewleyHouston Rockets
BenPepperBoston Celtics
BelarusVladimirVeremeenkoChicago Bulls
BelgiumAlexHervelleHouston Rockets
Bosnia-HerzegovinaStankoBaracIndiana Pacers
EdinBavcicNew Orleans Hornets
Nedzad SinanovicPortland Trail Blazers
BrazilPaulaoPrestesMinnesota Timberwolves
ChinaXue YuyangDenver Nuggets
CroatiaBosnia-HerzegovinaBojanBogdanovicBrooklyn Nets
Bosnia-HerzegovinaJosipSesarBoston Celtics
Ante TomicUtah Jazz
TomislavZubcicToronto Raptors
DenmarkChristianDrejerBrooklyn Nets
FinlandPetteriKoponenDallas Mavericks
FranceAlainDigbeuAtlanta Hawks
Paccelis MorlendeOklahoma City Thunder
GeorgiaViktorSanikidzeSan Antonio Spurs
GermanyPeterFehseUtah Jazz
TiborPleissOklahoma City Thunder
Great BritainAndrewBettsIndiana Pacers
Ryan RichardsSan Antonio Spurs
GreeceKostasPapanikolaouPortland Trail Blazers
CameroonSofoklisSchortsanitisLos Angeles Clippers
HungaryAdamHangaSan Antonio Spurs
IsraelLior EliyahuMinnesota Timberwolves
YotamHalperinOklahoma City Thunder
DoronShefferPortland Trail Blazers
ItalyAugusto BinelliAtlanta Hawks
LithuaniaRobertasJavtokasSan Antonio Spurs
RenaldasSeibutisDallas Mavericks
AurelijiusZukauskasMilwaukee Bucks
MontenegroNikolaMiroticChicago Bulls
NetherlandsHenkNorelMinnesota Timberwolves
RamonVan de HareOrlando Magic
NigeriaChinemeluElonuLos Angeles Lakers
ChukwudiebereMaduabumDenver Nuggets
EjikeUgboajaCleveland Cavaliers
PolandSzymon SzewczykMilwaukee Bucks
Puerto RicoRicky SanchezMemphis Grizzlies
QatarCongoTanguyNgomboMinnesota Timberwolves
RussiaAndreiFestisovMilwaukee Bucks
SashaKaunCleveland Cavaliers
UzbekistanSergeiKaraulovSan Antonio Spurs
SerbiaNemanjaBjelicaMinnesota Timberwolves
DejanBodirogaSacramento Kings
TadijaDragicevicDallas Mavericks
MilanMacvanCleveland Cavaliers
MilovanRakovicOrlando Magic
MontenegroMladenSekularacGolden State Warriors
Milos VujanicPhoenix Suns
SloveniaSaniBecirovicDenver Nuggets
ErazemLorbekSan Antonio Spurs
Bosnia-HerzegovinaEmirPreldzicWashington Wizards
SpainRobert DuenasMiami Heat
SergioLlullHouston Rockets
AlbertMirallesBoston Celtics
FranVasquezOrlando Magic
TurkeyCenkAkyolAtlanta Hawks
FurkanAldemirHouston Rockets
IlkanKaramanBrooklyn Nets
UkraineSergeyGladyrAtlanta Hawks
SergeiLishokLos Angeles Lakers