NEW YORK, Nov. 6, 2006 – Opening night team rosters for the 2006-07 NBA season feature a record 83 international players from 37 countries and territories, surpassing last season’s 82. Twenty-eight of the 30 teams feature at least one international player.

The Phoenix Suns have the most international players on a roster with seven. Chicago Bulls guard Thabo Sefolosha is the NBA’s first player from Switzerland. Andrea Bargnani of Italy, who was selected as the overall number one pick by the Toronto Raptors, made his debut against the Nets.

At the end of the 2005-06 regular season, the NBA featured 82 international players from 38 countries and territories on team rosters (both active and inactive). In comparison, the NBA featured 32 international players from 18 countries and territories in 1996-97.

The following is a complete list of international players on 2006-07 NBA opening night rosters (both active and inactive):

COUNTRY NAME NBA TEAM
Argentina Carlos Delfino Detroit Pistons
Emanuel "Manu" Ginobili San Antonio Spurs
Walter Herrmann Charlotte Bobcats
Andres Nocioni Chicago Bulls
Fabricio Oberto San Antonio Spurs
Australia Andrew Bogut Milwaukee Bucks
Bosnia- Herzegovina Damir Markota Milwaukee Bucks
Brazil Rafael Araujo Utah Jazz
Leandro Barbosa Phoenix Suns
Anderson Varejao Cleveland Cavaliers
Marcus Vinicius N.O./Okla. City Hornets
Nene Denver Nuggets
Canada Jamaal Magloire Portland Trail Blazers
Steve Nash 1 Phoenix Suns
China Yao Ming Houston Rockets
Congo Didier Ilunga-Mbenga Dallas Mavericks
Dikembe Mutombo Houston Rockets
Croatia Gordan Giricek Utah Jazz
Dominican Republic Francisco Garcia Sacramento Kings
England Luol Deng 2 Chicago Bulls
Pops Mensah-Bonsu Dallas Mavericks
France Boris Diaw Phoenix Suns
Yakhouba Diawara Denver Nuggets
Mickael Gelabale Seattle SuperSonics
Tony Parker 3 San Antonio Spurs
Johan Petro Seattle SuperSonics
Mickael Pietrus Golden State Warriors
Ronny Turiaf Los Angeles Lakers
Georgia Zaza Pachulia Atlanta Hawks
Germany Dirk Nowitzki Dallas Mavericks
Greece Vassilis Spanoulis Houston Rockets
Jake Tsakalidis Memphis Grizzlies
Guyana Rawle Marshall Indiana Pacers
Haiti Samuel Dalembert Philadelphia 76ers
Ireland Pat Burke Phoenix Suns
Italy Andrea Bargnani Toronto Raptors
Latvia Andris Biendrins Golden State Warriors
Lithuania Martynas Andriuskevicius Chicago Bulls
Zydrunas Ilgauskas Cleveland Cavaliers
Sarunas Jasikevicius Indiana Pacers
Linas Kleiza Denver Nuggets
Darius Songaila Washington Wizards
Mexico Eduardo Najera Denver Nuggets
Montenegro Aleksandar Pavlovic Cleveland Cavaliers
Netherlands Francisco Elson San Antonio Spurs
Dan Gadzuric Milwaukee Bucks
New Zealand Sean Marks Phoenix Suns
Nigeria Michael Olowokandi 4 Boston Celtics
Puerto Rico Carlos Arroyo Orlando Magic
Jose Juan Barea Dallas Mavericks
Russia Viktor Khryapa Chicago Bulls
Andrei Kirilenko Utah Jazz
Yaroslav Korolev Los Angeles Clippers
Senegal DeSagana Diop Dallas Mavericks
Mouhamed “Saer” Sene Seattle SuperSonics
Pape Sow Toronto Raptors
Serbia Zarko Cabarkapa Golden State Warriors
Mile Ilic New Jersey Nets
Marko Jaric Minnesota Timberwolves
Nenad Krstic New Jersey Nets
Darko Milicic Orlando Magic
Vladimir Radmanovic 5 Los Angeles Lakers
Zeljko Rebraca Los Angeles Clippers
Predrag Stojakovic NO/OKC Hornets
Slovenia Primoz Brezec Charlotte Bobcats
Bostjan Nachbar New Jersey Nets
Radoslav "Rasho" Nesterovic Toronto Raptors
Uros Slokar Toronto Raptors
Beno Udrih San Antonio Spurs
Sasha Vujacic Los Angeles Lakers
Spain Jose Manuel Calderon Toronto Raptors
Jorge Garbajosa Toronto Raptors
Pau Gasol Memphis Grizzlies
Sergio Rodriguez Portland Trail Blazers
St. Vincent & Grenadines Adonal Foyle Golden State Warriors
Switzerland Thabo Sefolosha Chicago Bulls
Turkey Ersan Ilyasova Milwaukee Bucks
Mehmet Okur Utah Jazz
Hidayet "Hedo" Turkoglu Orlando Magic
Ukraine Vitaly Potapenko Sacramento Kings
Uruguay Esteban Batista Atlanta Hawks
U.S Virgin Islands Tim Duncan San Antonio Spurs
Raja Bell Phoenix Suns

Key
1 = Born in South Africa, raised in Canada
2 = Born in Sudan, became British citizen in 2006
3 = Born in Belgium
4 = Born in Nigeria, raised in England and moved to U.S.
5 = Born in Bosnia-Herzegovina and raised in Serbia-Montenegro

INTERNATIONAL PLAYERS WHOSE RIGHTS ARE HELD BY AN NBA TEAM

COUNTRY NAME NBA TEAM
Argentina Federico Kammerichs Portland Trail Blazers
Luis Scola San Antonio Spurs
Australia David Andersen Atlanta Hawks
Ben Pepper Boston Celtics
Belarus Vladimir Veremeenko Washington Wizards
Belgium Alex Hervelle Denver Nuggets
Bosnia-Herzegovina Edin Bavcic Philadelphia 76ers
Nedzad Sinanovic Portland Trail Blazers
China Xue Yuyang Denver Nuggets
Croatia Kosta Perovic Golden State Warriors
Josip Sesar Boston Celtics
Roko Leni Ukic Toronto Raptors
Czech Republic Loukas Mavrokefalidis Minnesota Timberwolves
Denmark Christian Drejer New Jersey Nets
England Andrew Betts Indiana Pacers
Joel Freeland Portland Trail Blazers
France Alain Digbeu Atlanta Hawks
Ian Mahinimi San Antonio Spurs
Paccelis Morlende Seattle SuperSonics
Frederic Weiss New York Knicks
Georgia Viktor Sanikidze San Antonio Spurs
Germany Peter Fehse Seattle SuperSonics
Greece Sofoklis Schortsanitis Los Angeles Clippers
Israel Lior Eliyahu Houston Rockets
Yotam Halperin Seattle SuperSonics
Doron Sheffer Portland Trail Blazers
Lithuania Robertas Javtokas San Antonio Spurs
Aurelijius Zukauskas Milwaukee Bucks
Netherlands Ramon Van de Hare Orlando Magic
Nigeria Ejike Ugboaja Cleveland Cavaliers
Poland Marcin Gortat Orlando Magic
Szymon Szewczyk Milwaukee Bucks
Puerto Rico Guillermo Diaz Los Angeles Clippers
Ricky Sanchez Denver Nuggets
Russia Andrei Festisov Milwaukee Bucks
Sergei Karaulov San Antonio Spurs
Senegal Malick Badiane Houston Rockets
Cheick Samb Detroit Pistons
Serbia and Montenegro Dejan Bodiroga Sacramento Kings
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
Juan Carlos Navarro Washington Wizards
Fran Vasquez Orlando Magic
Turkey Cenk Akyol Atlanta Hawks
Ukraine Sergey Lishok Memphis Grizzlies
Oleksiy Pecherov Washington Wizards