INTERNATIONAL PLAYERS BREAKDOWN

As of January 6, 2009, official rosters for the 2008-09 NBA season featured 77 international players from 32 countries and territories:

  • SOUTH AMERICA (8 players)

  • Argentina (5): Emanuel "Manu" Ginobili, San Antonio Spurs; Walter Herrmann, Detroit Pistons; Andres Nocioni, Sacramento Kings; Fabricio Oberto, San Antonio Spurs; Luis Scola, Houston Rockets
    Brazil (3): Anderson Varejao, Cleveland Cavaliers; Leandro Barbosa, Phoenix Suns; Nene, Denver Nuggets

  • NORTH/CENTRAL AMERICA/CARIBBEAN (11 players)

  • Canada (4): Joel Anthony, Miami Heat; Samuel Dalembert, Philadelphia 76ers; Jamaal Magloire, Dallas Mavericks; Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns
    Dominican Republic (2): Francisco Garcia, Sacramento Kings, Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks
    Mexico (1): Eduardo Najera, Denver Nuggets
    Puerto Rico (1): Jose Juan Barea, Dallas Mavericks
    St. Vincent and Grenadines (1): Adonal Foyle, Orlando Magic
    U.S. Virgin Islands (2): Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs; Raja Bell, Charlotte Bobcats

  • AFRICA (6 players)
  • Cameroon(1): Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Milwaukee Bucks
    Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire) (2): Didier "DJ" Ilunga-Mbenga, Los Angeles Lakers; Dikembe Mutombo, Houston Rockets
    Senegal (3): DeSagana Diop, Charlotte Bobcats; Mouhammed "Saer" Sene, Oklahoma City Thunder; Cheikh Samb, Los Angeles Clippers

  • ASIA-PACIFIC (7 players)

  • Australia (2): Andrew Bogut, Milwaukee Bucks; Nathan Jawai, Toronto Raptors
    China (3): Yao Ming, Houston Rockets; Yi Jianlian, New Jersey Nets; Sun Yue, Los Angeles Lakers
    Iran (1): Hamed Haddadi, Memphis Grizzlies
    New Zealand (1): Sean Marks, Phoenix Suns

  • EUROPE (45 players)

  • Croatia (1): Roko Ukic, Toronto Raptors
    France (9): Alexis Ajinca, Charlotte Bobcats; Nicolas Batum, Portland Trail Blazers; Boris Diaw, Charlotte Bobcats; Yakhouba Diawara, Miami Heat; Ian Mahinmi, San Antonio Spurs; Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs; Johan Petro, Oklahoma City Thunder; Mickael Pietrus, Orlando Magic; Ronny Turiaf, Golden State Warriors
    Georgia (1): Zaza Pachulia, Atlanta Hawks
    Germany (1): Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks
    Great Britain (2): Luol Deng, Chicago Bulls; Kelenna Azubuike, Golden State Warriors
    Italy (3): Andrea Bargnani, Toronto Raptors; Marco Belinelli, Golden State Warriors; Danilo Gallinari, New York Knicks
    Latvia (1): Andris Biedrins, Golden State Warriors
    Lithuania (3): Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Cleveland Cavaliers; Linas Kleiza, Denver Nuggets; Darius Songaila, Washington Wizards
    Netherlands (2): Francisco Elson, Milwaukee Bucks; Dan Gadzuric, Milwaukee Bucks
    Poland (1): Marcin Gortat, Orlando Magic
    Russia (1): Andrei Kirilenko, Utah Jazz
    Serbia (6): Marko Jaric, Memphis Grizzlies; Nenad Krstic, Oklahoma City Thunder; Darko Milicic, Memphis Grizzlies; Aleksandar Pavlovic, Cleveland Cavaliers; Vladimir Radmanovic, Charlotte Bobcats; Predrag "Peja" Stojakovic, New Orleans Hornets
    Slovenia (4): Goran Dragic, Phoenix Suns; Radoslav "Rasho" Nesterovic, Toronto Raptors; Beno Udrih, Sacramento Kings; Sasha Vujacic, Los Angeles Lakers
    Spain (5): Jose Manuel Calderon, Toronto Raptors; Rudy Fernandez, Portland Trail Blazers; Pau Gasol, Los Angeles Lakers; Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies; Sergio Rodriguez, Portland Trail Blazers
    Switzerland (1): Thabo Sefolosha, Chicago Bulls
    Turkey (2): Mehmet Okur, Utah Jazz, Hidayet "Hedo" Turkoglu, Orlando Magic
    Ukraine (2): Kyrylo Fesenko, Utah Jazz; Oleksiy Pecherov, Washington Wizards



    As of January 6, 2009, official rosters for the 2008-09 NBA season featured 77 international players from 32 countries and territories:

    Nationality Birth Place First Name Last Name NBA Team
    Argentina - Emanuel "Manu" Ginobili San Antonio Spurs
    - - Walter Herrmann Detroit Pistons
    - - Andres Nocioni Sacramento Kings
    - - Fabricio Oberto San Antonio Spurs
    - - Luis Scola Houston Rockets
    Australia - Andrew Bogut Milwaukee Bucks
    - - Nathan Jawai Toronto Raptors
    Brazil - Leandro Barbosa Phoenix Suns
    - - Anderson Varejao Cleveland Cavaliers
    - - Nene - Denver Nuggets
    Cameroon - Luc Richard Mbah a Moute Milwaukee Bucks
    Canada - Joel Anthony Miami Heat
    - Haiti Samuel Dalembert1 Philadelphia 76ers
    - - Jamaal Magloire Miami Heat
    - South Africa Steve Nash2 Phoenix Suns
    China - Yao Ming - Houston Rockets
    - - Yi Jianlian - New Jersey Nets
    - - Sun Yue - Los Angeles Lakers
    Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire) - Didier "DJ" Ilunga-Mbenga Los Angeles Lakers
    - - Dikembe Mutombo Houston Rockets
    Croatia - Roko Ukic Toronto Raptors
    Dominican Republic - Francisco Garcia Sacramento Kings
    - - Al Horford Atlanta Hawks
    Great Britain - Kelenna Azubuike Golden State Warriors
    - Sudan Luol Deng3 Chicago Bulls
    France - Alexis Ajinca Charlotte Bobcats
    - - Nicolas Batum Portland Trail Blazers
    - - Boris Diaw Charlotte Bobcats
    - - Yakhouba Diawara Miami Heat
    - - Ian Mahinmi San Antonio Spurs
    - Belgium Tony Parker4 San Antonio Spurs
    - - Johan Petro Oklahoma City Thunder
    - Guadeloupe Mickael Pietrus Orlando Magic
    - Martinique Ronny Turiaf Golden State Warriors
    Georgia - Zaza Pachulia Atlanta Hawks
    Germany - Dirk Nowitzki Dallas Mavericks
    Iran - Hamed Haddadi Memphis Grizzlies
    Italy - Andrea Bargnani Toronto Raptors
    - - Marco Belinelli Golden State Warriors
    - - Danilo Gallinari New York Knicks
    Latvia - Andris Biedrins Golden State Warriors
    Lithuania - Zydrunas Ilgauskas Cleveland Cavaliers
    - - Linas Kleiza Denver Nuggets
    - - Darius Songaila Washington Wizards
    Mexico - Eduardo Najera New Jersey Nets
    Netherlands - Francisco Elson San Antonio Spurs
    - - Dan Gadzuric Milwaukee Bucks
    New Zealand - Sean Marks Phoenix Suns
    Poland - Marcin Gortat Orlando Magic
    Puerto Rico - Jose Juan Barea Dallas Mavericks
    Russia - Andrei Kirilenko Utah Jazz
    Senegal - DeSagana Diop Charlotte Bobcats
    - - Cheikh Samb Los Angeles Clippers
    - - Mouhamed "Saer" Sene Oklahoma City Thunder
    Serbia - Marko Jaric Memphis Grizzlies
    - - Nenad Krstic Oklahoma City Thunder
    - - Darko Milicic Memphis Grizzlies
    - Montenegro Aleksandar Pavlovic Cleveland Cavaliers
    - Bosnia-Herzegovina Vladimir Radmanovic5 Charlotte Bobcats
    - Croatia Predrag "Peja" Stojakovic New Orleans Hornets
    Slovenia - Goran Dragic Phoenix Suns
    - - Radoslav "Rasho" Nesterovic Indiana Pacers
    - - Beno Udrih Sacramento Kings
    - - Sasha Vujacic Los Angeles Lakers
    Spain - Jose Manuel Calderon Toronto Raptors
    - - Rudy Fernandez Portland Trail Blazers
    - - Pau Gasol Los Angeles Lakers
    - - Marc Gasol Memphis Grizzlies
    - - Sergio Rodriguez Portland Trail Blazers
    St. Vincent and Grenadines - Adonal Foyle Orlando Magic
    Switzerland - Thabo Sefolosha Chicago Bulls
    Turkey - Mehmet Okur Utah Jazz
    - - Hidayet "Hedo" Turkoglu Orlando Magic
    Ukraine - Kyrylo Fesenko Utah Jazz
    - - Oleksiy Pecherov Washington Wizards
    U.S Virgin Islands - Tim Duncan San Antonio Spurs
    - - Raja Bell Charlotte Bobcats

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    Key (Back to Top)
    1 = Born in Haiti, raised in Canada and became Canadian citizen in 2007
    2 = Born in South Africa, raised in Canada
    3 = Born in Sudan, became British citizen in 2006
    4 = Born in Belgium
    5 = Born in Bosnia-Herzegovina and raised in Serbia


    Players from around the World Whose Rights are Held by an NBA Team

    COUNTRY FIRST NAME LAST NAME NBA TEAM
    Argentina Federico Kammerichs Portland Trail Blazers
    - Marcelo Nicola Portland Trail Blazers
    Australia David Andersen Atlanta Hawks
    - Ben Pepper Boston Celtics
    - Brad Newley Houston Rockets
    Belarus Vladimir Veremeenko Washington Wizards
    Belgium Alex Hervelle Denver Nuggets
    Bosnia-Herzegovina Stanko Barac Indiana Pacers
    - Edin Bavcic Philadelphia 76ers
    - Nedzad Sinanovic Portland Trail Blazers
    Brazil Tiago Splitter San Antonio Spurs
    China Xue Yuyang - Denver Nuggets
    Congo Serge Ibaka Oklahoma City Thunder
    Croatia Josip Sesar Boston Celtics
    - Ante Tomic Utah Jazz
    Denmark Christian Drejer New Jersey Nets
    Finland Petteri Koponen Portland Trail Blazers
    France Alain Digbeu Atlanta Hawks
    - Paccelis Morlende Oklahoma City Thunder
    - Frederic Weiss Houston Rockets
    Georgia Viktor Sanikidze San Antonio Spurs
    Germany Peter Fehse Oklahoma City Thunder
    Great Britain Andrew Betts Indiana Pacers
    - Joel Freeland Portland Trail Blazers
    Greece Georgia Printezis Toronto Raptors
    - Sofoklis Schortsanitis Los Angeles Clippers
    Israel Lior Eliyahu Houston Rockets
    - Yotam Halperin Oklahoma City Thunder
    - Doron Sheffer Portland Trail Blazers
    Italy Augusto Binelli Atlanta Hawks
    Lithuania Robertas Javtokas San Antonio Spurs
    - Renaldas Seibutis Dallas Mavericks
    - Aurelijius Zukauskas Milwaukee Bucks
    Montenegro Nikola Pekovic Minnesota Timberwolves
    Netherlands Ramon Van de Hare Orlando Magic
    Nigeria Ejike Ugboaja Cleveland Cavaliers
    Poland Szymon Szewczyk Milwaukee Bucks
    Puerto Rico Ricky Sanchez Philadelphia 76ers
    Russia Sasha Kaun Cleveland Cavaliers
    - Andrei Festisov Milwaukee Bucks
    - Sergei Karaulov San Antonio Spurs
    Senegal Malick Badiane Memphis Grizzlies
    Serbia Dejan Bodiroga Sacramento Kings
    - Tadija Dragicevic Utah Jazz
    - Milovan Rakovic Orlando Magic
    - Mladen Sekularac Golden State Warriors
    - Milos Vujanic Phoenix Suns
    Slovenia Sani Becirovic Denver Nuggets
    - Erazem Lorbek Indiana Pacers
    Spain Robert Duenas Miami Heat
    - Albert Miralles Boston Celtics
    - Fran Vasquez Orlando Magic
    Turkey Cenk Akyol Atlanta Hawks
    - Semih Erden Boston Celtics
    - Omer Asik Chicago Bulls
    Ukraine Sergey Lishok Houston Rockets
    Emanuel "Manu" Ginobili
    Andres Nocioni
    Andrew Bogut
    Leandro Barbosa
    Steve Nash
    Yao Ming
    Luol Deng
    Tony Parker
    Dirk Nowitzki
    Andrei Kirilenko
    Pau Gasol
    Tim Duncan