NEW YORK, April 18 –
When the NBA Playoffs 2003 tip off on April 19, team rosters will feature a record 29
international players from 19
countries and territories. Almost every team competing in the Playoffs will feature one or more international players.
The NBA Playoffs 2003 feature 10 international players in the Eastern Conference and 19 in the Western Conference. The Dallas Mavericks have the most international players on a Playoff roster with five. In 2002, there were 26 international players from 17 countries and territories in the NBA Playoffs.
At the end of the 2002-03 regular season, the NBA featured 65 international players from 34 countries and territories on team rosters (both active and injured).
International players in the NBA Playoffs 2003:
Detroit Pistons: Mehmet Okur (Turkey), Zeljko Rebraca (Serbia Montenegro)
Milwaukee Bucks: Toni Kukoc (Croatia), Dan Gadzuric (Netherlands)
New Jersey Nets: Dikembe Mutombo (Congo)
New Orleans Hornets: Jamaal Magloire (Canada), Jerome Moiso (France)
Orlando Magic: Pat Burke (Ireland), Gordan Giricek (Croatia)
Philadelphia 76ers: Efthimios Rentzias (Greece)
Dallas Mavericks: Tariq Abdul-Wahad (France), Raja Bell (U.S. Virgin Islands), Steve Nash (Canada), Eduardo Najera (Mexico), Dirk Nowitzki (Germany)
Los Angeles Lakers: Rick Fox (Canada), Stanislav Medvedenko (Ukraine)
Minnesota Timberwolves: Radoslav Nesterovic (Slovenia)
Portland Trail Blazers: Arvydas Sabonis (Lithuania)
Phoenix Suns: Iakovos “Jake” Tsakalidis (Greece)
Sacramento Kings: Hidayet Turkoglu (Turkey), Vlade Divac and Predrag Stojakovic (Serbia Montenegro)
San Antonio Spurs: Tim Duncan (U.S. Virgin Islands), Manu Ginobili (Argentina), Tony Parker (France)
Utah Jazz: John Amaechi (United Kingdom), Carlos Arroyo (Puerto Rico), Andrei Kirilenko (Russia)