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Season opens with record 84 international players

By Official release
Posted Oct 26 2010 10:59AM

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.

NATIONALITY NAME TEAM
Argentina Carlos Delfino Bucks
Argentina Emanuel "Manu" Ginobili Spurs
Argentina Andres Nocioni 76ers
Argentina Luis Scola Rockets
Australia David Andersen Raptors
Australia Andrew Bogut Bucks
Australia Patrick Mills Blazers
Belgium Didier "DJ" Ilunga-Mbenga Hornets
Brazil Nene Nuggets
Brazil Leandro Barbosa Raptors
Brazil Tiago Splitter Spurs
Brazil Anderson Varejao Cavaliers
Cameroon Luc Mbah A Moute Bucks
Canada Joel Anthony Heat
Canada Samuel Dalembert Kings
Canada Jamaal Magloire Heat
Canada Steve Nash Suns
China Yao Ming Rockets
China Yi Jianlian Wizards
Congo Serge Ibaka Thunder
Democratic Republic
of the Congo
Christian Eeyenga Cavaliers
Dominican Republic Francisco Garcia Kings
Dominican Republic Al Horford Hawks
France Alexis Ajinca Mavericks
France Nicolas Batum Trail Blazers
France Rodrigue Beaubois Mavericks
France Boris Diaw Bobcats
France Ian Mahinmi Mavericks
France Tony Parker Spurs
France Johan Petro Nets
France Mickael Pietrus Magic
France Kevin Seraphin Wizards
France Pape Sy Hawks
France Ronny Turiaf Knicks
Georgia Zaza Pachulia Hawks
Germany Dirk Nowitzki Mavericks
Great Britain Kelenna Azubuike Knicks
Great Britain Luol Deng Bulls
Great Britain Pops Mensah Bonsu Hornets
Iran Hamed Haddadi Grizzlies
Israel Omri Casspi Kings
Italy Andrea Bargnani Raptors
Italy Marco Belinelli Hornets
Italy Danilo Gallinari Knicks
Jamaica Samardo Samuels Cavaliers
Latvia Andris Biedrins Warriors
Lithuania Zydrunas Ilgauskas Heat
Lithuania Linas Kleiza Raptors
Lithuania Darius Songaila 76ers
Mexico Eduardo Najera Bobcats
Montenegro Nikola Pekovic Timberwolves
Netherlands Francisco Elson Jazz
Netherlands Dan Gadzuric Warriors
Nigeria Solomon Alabi Raptors
Poland Marcin Gortat Magic
Puerto Rico Carlos Arroyo Heat
Puerto Rico Jose Juan Barea Mavericks
Russia Andrei Kirilenko Jazz
Russia Timofey Mozgov Knicks
Senegal DeSagana Diop Bobcats
Senegal Hamady N'Diaye Wizards
Serbia Nenad Krstic Thunder
Serbia Darko Milicic Timberwolves
Serbia Vladimir Radmanovic Warriors
Serbia Predrag "Peja" Stojakovic Hornets
Slovenia Goran Dragic Suns
Slovenia Beno Udrih Kings
Slovenia Sasha Vujacic Lakers
Spain Jose Manuel Calderon Raptors
Spain Rudy Fernandez Trail Blazers
Spain Marc Gasol Grizzlies
Spain Pau Gasol Lakers
Sweden Jonas Jerebko Pistons
Switzerland Thabo Sefolosha Thunder
Tanzania Hasheem Thabeet Grizzlies
Turkey Omer Asik Bulls
Turkey Semih Erden Celtics
Turkey Ersan Ilyasova Bucks
Turkey Mehmet Okur Jazz
Turkey Hidayet "Hedo" Turkoglu Suns
Ukraine Kyrylo Fesenko Jazz
U.S. Virgin Islands Raja Bell Jazz
U.S. Virgin Islands Tim Duncan Spurs
Venezuela Greivis Vasquez Grizzlies
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