NEW YORK, April 15 --
When the NBA Playoffs tip off April 17, team rosters will feature a record 30 international players from 21 countries and territories. Almost every team competing in the playoffs will feature one or more international players.
The NBA Playoffs feature 10 international players in the Eastern Conference and 20 in the Western Conference. The San Antonio Spurs have the most international players on a playoff roster with five. In 2003, there were 29 international players from 19 countries and territories in the playoffs.
Spurs guard Manu Ginobili of Argentina earned an NBA championship ring last season as a rookie.|
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At the end of the 2003-04 regular season, the NBA featured 67 international players from 33 countries and territories on team rosters (both active and injured).
International players in NBA Playoffs 2004
EASTERN CONFERENCEBoston Celtics: Jiri Welsch (Czech Republic)
Detroit Pistons: Mehmet Okur (Turkey) and Darko Milicic (Serbia and Montenegro)
Miami Heat: Wang Zhizhi (China)
Milwaukee Bucks: Toni Kukoc (Croatia), Dan Gadzuric (Netherlands) and Daniel Santiago (Puerto Rico)
New Jersey Nets: Zoran Planinic (Croatia)
New Orleans Hornets: Jamaal Magloire (Canada)
New York Knicks: Dikembe Mutombo (Congo)
WESTERN CONFERENCEDallas Mavericks: Steve Nash (Canada), Eduardo Najera (Mexico) and Dirk Nowitzki (Germany)
Denver Nuggets: Nenę (Brazil) and Francisco Elson (Netherlands)
Houston Rockets: Yao Ming (China) and Bostjan Nachbar (Slovenia)
Los Angeles Lakers: Rick Fox (Canada) and Stanislav "Slava" Medvedenko (Ukraine)
Memphis Grizzlies: Pau Gasol (Spain) and Iakovos "Jake" Tsakalidis (Greece)
Minnesota Timberwolves: Michael Olowokandi (Nigeria)
Sacramento Kings: Vlade Divac and Predrag "Peja" Stojakovic (Serbia and Montenegro) and Darius Songaila (Lithuania)
San Antonio Spurs: Tim Duncan (U.S. Virgin Islands), Emanuel "Manu" Ginobili (Argentina), Radoslav "Rasho" Nesterovic (Slovenia), Tony Parker (France) and Hidayet "Hedo" Turkoglu (Turkey)