NBA Rosters Feature 100 International Players For 2015-16, Including Records In Africa, Brazil

- Record 10 African and Nine Brazilian Players Highlight 2015-16 Opening Night Rosters -

- All 30 Teams Feature at Least One International Player for Second Consecutive Year -
NEW YORK, Oct. 27, 2015 – The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced today that 100 international players from 37 countries and territories are on opening night rosters for the 2015-16 season, marking the second consecutive year that opening night rosters feature at least 100 international players.

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There are a record 10 African and a record nine Brazilian players on opening night rosters. Canada has the most of any country for the second straight year with a record-tying 12 NBA players. France comes in second for the second consecutive year with 10 NBA players. Australia features a record-tying eight players, while Croatia and Spain round out the top five with four NBA players each.

For the second consecutive year, all 30 NBA teams feature at least one international player. The Toronto Raptors lead the league with seven international players, while the Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves, San Antonio Spurs and Utah Jazz each feature six. The Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks and Denver Nuggets field five each, while the rosters of the Chicago Bulls, Milwaukee Bucks, New York Knicks and Orlando Magic each include four.

The NBA's 70th season begins tonight with a doubleheader on TNT as part of Kia NBA Tip-Off 2015. In the first game, the Cavaliers visit the Bulls at 8 p.m. ET. The NBA Champion Golden State Warriors (three international players) then host the New Orleans Pelicans (two international players) at 10:30 p.m. ET. The Detroit Pistons (three international players) visit the Hawks at 8 p.m. ET on NBA LEAGUE PASS.

A number of high-profile international players will make their NBA debut during opening week, including:
  • Mario Hezonja (Croatia) and the Magic hosting the Washington Wizards, Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. ET on NBA LEAGUE PASS
  • Emmanuel Mudiay (Democratic Republic of the Congo) and the Nuggets visiting the Houston Rockets, Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 8 p.m. ET on NBA LEAGUE PASS
  • Kristaps Porzingis (Latvia) and the Knicks taking on the Bucks in Milwaukee, Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 8 p.m. ET on NBA LEAGUE PASS.


INTERNATIONAL PLAYERS ON OPENING NIGHT ROSTERS
Country Full Name Team
ArgentinaPablo PrigioniLos Angeles Clippers
ArgentinaManu GinobiliSan Antonio Spurs
ArgentinaLuis ScolaToronto Raptors
AustraliaCameron BairstowChicago Bulls
AustraliaMatthew DellavedovaCleveland Cavaliers
AustraliaKyrie IrvingCleveland Cavaliers
AustraliaAron BaynesDetroit Pistons
AustraliaAndrew BogutGolden State Warriors
AustraliaPatty MillsSan Antonio Spurs
AustraliaDante ExumUtah Jazz
AustraliaJoe InglesUtah Jazz
Bosnia and HerzegovinaJusuf NurkicDenver Nuggets
Bosnia and HerzegovinaMirza TeletovicPhoenix Suns
BrazilTiago SplitterAtlanta Hawks
BrazilCristiano FelicioChicago Bulls
BrazilAnderson VarejaoCleveland Cavaliers
BrazilLeandro BarbosaGolden State Warriors
BrazilMarcelo HuertasLos Angeles Lakers
BrazilBruno CabocloToronto Raptors
BrazilLucas NogueiraToronto Raptors
BrazilRaul NetoUtah Jazz
BrazilNene Washington Wizards
CameroonLuc Mbah a MouteLos Angeles Clippers
CameroonJoel EmbiidPhiladelphia 76ers
CanadaKelly OlynykBoston Celtics
CanadaTristan ThompsonCleveland Cavaliers
CanadaDwight PowellDallas Mavericks
CanadaJoel AnthonyDetroit Pistons
CanadaRobert SacreLos Angeles Lakers
CanadaTyler EnnisMilwaukee Bucks
CanadaAndrew WigginsMinnesota Timberwolves
CanadaAndrew NicholsonOrlando Magic
CanadaNik StauskasPhiladelphia 76ers
CanadaAnthony BennettToronto Raptors
CanadaCory JosephToronto Raptors
CanadaTrey LylesUtah Jazz
Cape VerdeWalter TavaresAtlanta Hawks
CongoSerge IbakaOklahoma City Thunder
CroatiaBojan BogdanovicBrooklyn Nets
CroatiaDamjan RudezMinnesota Timberwolves
CroatiaMario HezonjaOrlando Magic
CroatiaDuje DukanSacramento Kings
Democratic Republic of the CongoEmmanuel MudiayDenver Nuggets
Democratic Republic of the CongoBismack BiyomboToronto Raptors
Dominican RepublicAl HorfordAtlanta Hawks
Dominican RepublicLuis MonteroPortland Trail Blazers
FranceNicolas BatumCharlotte Hornets
FranceJoffrey LauvergneDenver Nuggets
FranceIan MahinmiIndiana Pacers
FranceDamien InglisMilwaukee Bucks
FranceAlexis AjincaNew Orleans Pelicans
FranceKevin SeraphinNew York Knicks
FranceEvan FournierOrlando Magic
FranceBoris DiawSan Antonio Spurs
FranceTony ParkerSan Antonio Spurs
FranceRudy GobertUtah Jazz
GeorgiaZaza PachuliaDallas Mavericks
GermanyDennis SchroderAtlanta Hawks
GermanyDirk NowitzkiDallas Mavericks
GermanyTibor PleissUtah Jazz
GreeceGiannis AntetokounmpoMilwaukee Bucks
IsraelOmri CasspiSacramento Kings
ItalyAndrea BargnaniBrooklyn Nets
ItalyDanilo GallinariDenver Nuggets
ItalyMarco BelinelliSacramento Kings
LatviaKristaps PorzingisNew York Knicks
LithuaniaDonatas MotiejunasHouston Rockets
LithuaniaJonas ValanciunasToronto Raptors
MontenegroNikola MiroticChicago Bulls
MontenegroNikola PekovicMinnesota Timberwolves
MontenegroNikola VucevicOrlando Magic
New ZealandSteven AdamsOklahoma City Thunder
NigeriaFestus EzeliGolden State Warriors
PolandMarcin GortatWashington Wizards
Puerto RicoJ.J. BareaDallas Mavericks
RussiaSergey KarasevBrooklyn Nets
RussiaSasha KaunCleveland Cavaliers
RussiaTimofey MozgovCleveland Cavaliers
SenegalGorgui DiengMinnesota Timberwolves
SerbiaNikola JokicDenver Nuggets
SerbiaNemanja BjelicaMinnesota Timberwolves
SerbiaBoban MarjanovicSan Antonio Spurs
SloveniaBeno UdrihMemphis Grizzlies
SloveniaGoran DragicMiami Heat
SloveniaSasha VujacicNew York Knicks
South SudanLuol DengMiami Heat
SpainPau GasolChicago Bulls
SpainMarc GasolMemphis Grizzlies
SpainRicky RubioMinnesota Timberwolves
SpainJose CalderonNew York Knicks
SwedenJonas JerebkoBoston Celtics
SwitzerlandThabo SefoloshaAtlanta Hawks
SwitzerlandClint CapelaHouston Rockets
TunisiaSalah MejriDallas Mavericks
TurkeyErsan IlyasovaDetroit Pistons
TurkeyOmer AsikNew Orleans Pelicans
TurkeyEnes KanterOklahoma City Thunder
UkraineAlex LenPhoenix Suns
US Virgin IslandsTim DuncanSan Antonio Spurs
VenezuelaGreivis VasquezMilwaukee Bucks


NBA rosters at the start of the 2014-15 season featured a record 101 international players from 37 countries and territories. The league has established a major international presence, with games and programming available in 215 countries and territories and 47 languages and NBA merchandise for sale in more than 125,000 stores in 100 countries on six continents.

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