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NBA Rosters Feature 107 International Players From 41 Countries

NBA Rosters Feature 107 International Players From 41 Countries

Opening-Night Rosters Feature Record 17 Canadian Players and Record-Tying 14 African Players; Seventh Consecutive Season League Has at Least 100 International Players.

The National Basketball Association (NBA) (http://www.NBA.com) today announced that 107 international players from 41 countries are on opening-night rosters for the 2020-21 season, including a record 17 Canadian players and a record-tying 14 African players. This marks the seventh consecutive season that opening-night rosters feature at least 100 international players. All 30 teams have at least one international player.

In addition to the 107 international players on 2020-21 opening-night rosters, there are 10 international players from a record-tying eight countries on “two-way” contracts, allowing them to play in up to 50 NBA games this season.

For the seventh consecutive year, Canada (17 players) is the most-represented country outside of the U.S., followed by France (nine players), Australia (eight players), Serbia and Germany (six players each).

The Washington Wizards have an NBA-high seven international players. The Dallas Mavericks and Denver Nuggets each have six, while the New Orleans Pelicans, Oklahoma City Thunder and Toronto Raptors each have five.

The 2020-21 NBA season begins tonight with a doubleheader as part of Kia NBA Tip-Off 2020. The first game features the Brooklyn Nets hosting the Golden State Warriors at 2 a.m. CAT. In the second game, the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers take on the LA Clippers at 5 a.m. CAT.

A record 34 players on opening-night rosters participated in Basketball Without Borders (BWB) prior to starting their NBA careers, surpassing the previous record of 30 set in 2019-20. Former BWB campers include Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers; Cameroon; BWB Africa 2011), Jamal Murray (Nuggets; Canada; BWB Global 2015) and Pascal Siakam (Raptors; Cameroon; BWB Africa 2012). BWB is the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program that has seen 76 former campers drafted into the NBA or signed as free agents since 2001.

In addition to the 107 international players on 2020-21 opening-night rosters, there are 10 international players from a record-tying eight countries on “two-way” contracts, allowing them to play in up to 50 NBA games this season. There are also a number of American players with ties to other countries, including more than 30 players with at least one parent from Africa. Among the American players with ties to other countries are Jordan Clarkson (Utah Jazz; ties to the Philippines), Victor Oladipo (Indiana Pacers; ties to Nigeria), Matisse Thybulle (76ers; ties to Australia and Haiti) and Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota Timberwolves; ties to the Dominican Republic).

The records for international players (113) and countries and territories represented (42) were set at the start of the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons, respectively.

Below please find international player milestones and storylines for the upcoming season:

  • A record six international players were named to the 2019-20 All-NBA Team: Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks; Greece; ties to Nigeria; All-NBA First Team); Luka Dončić (Mavericks; Slovenia; All-NBA First Team); Nikola Jokić (Nuggets; Serbia; All-NBA Second Team); Siakam (All-NBA Second Team); Rudy Gobert (Jazz; France; All-NBA Third Team); and Ben Simmons (76ers; Australia; All-NBA Third Team).
  • There are 14 international players on opening-night rosters who have been NBA All-Stars: Antetokounmpo, Dončić, Goran Dragić (Miami Heat; Slovenia), Embiid, Marc Gasol (Lakers; Spain), Gobert, Al Horford (Oklahoma City Thunder; Dominican Republic), Kyrie Irving (Nets; Australia), Jokić, Kristaps Porzingis (Mavericks; Latvia), Domantas Sabonis (Pacers; Lithuania), Siakam, Simmons and Nikola Vučević (Orlando Magic; Montenegro).
  • As part of the NBA.com 2020-2021 GM Survey (http://on.nba.com/3nKFFhY), Antetokounmpo and Dončić were voted the No. 1 and No. 2 players most likely to win 2020-21 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player (32% and 21% of votes, respectively), and tied for the No. 1 player with whom general managers would most want to start a franchise (43% of votes each). For the second straight season, Jokić was voted the best center in the NBA (50% of votes).
  • Deni Avdija, who became the highest-drafted Israeli player ever when he was selected ninth overall by the Washington Wizards in the NBA Draft 2020 presented by State Farm®, is scheduled to make his regular-season debut when the Wizards visit the 76ers on Wednesday, Dec. 23 at 7 p.m. ET on NBA League Pass.
  • Killian Hayes, who became the highest-drafted French player ever when he was selected seventh overall by the Detroit Pistons, is scheduled to make his regular-season debut when the Pistons visit the Timberwolves on Dec. 23 at 8 p.m. ET on NBA League Pass.
  • Nine players from or with at least one parent from Nigeria were selected in NBA Draft 2020, including Precious Achiuwa (Heat; Nigeria) and Udoka Azubuike (Jazz; Nigeria).

Below please find the full list of international players on 2020-21 opening-night rosters (active and inactive):













































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































Country



Name



Team



Ties to Other Countries**



Angola



Bruno Fernando



Atlanta Hawks





Argentina



Facundo Campazzo*



Denver Nuggets





Australia



Aron Baynes



Toronto Raptors





Australia



Matthew Dellavedova



Cleveland Cavaliers





Australia



Danté Exum



Cleveland Cavaliers





Australia



Josh Green



Dallas Mavericks





Australia



Joe Ingles



Utah Jazz





Australia



Kyrie Irving



Brooklyn Nets





Australia



Patty Mills



San Antonio Spurs





Australia



Ben Simmons



Philadelphia 76ers





Austria



Jakob Poeltl



San Antonio Spurs





Bahamas



Buddy Hield



Sacramento Kings





Bahamas



Deandre Ayton*



Phoenix Suns



Nigeria



Bosnia and Herzegovina



Jusuf Nurkić



Portland Trail Blazers





Brazil



Bruno Caboclo*



Houston Rockets





Brazil



Cristiano Felicio



Chicago Bulls





Brazil



Raul Neto



Washington Wizards





Cameroon



Joel Embiid*



Philadelphia 76ers





Cameroon



Pascal Siakam*



Toronto Raptors





Canada



Nickeil Alexander-Walker



New Orleans Pelicans





Canada



RJ Barrett*



New York Knicks





Canada



Khem Birch



Orlando Magic





Canada



Ignas Brazdeikis*



New York Knicks



Lithuania



Canada



Dillon Brooks



Memphis Grizzlies





Canada



Brandon Clarke



Memphis Grizzlies





Canada



Luguentz Dort*



Oklahoma City Thunder





Canada



Cory Joseph



Sacramento Kings



Trinidad and Tobago



Canada



Mfiondu Kabengele



LA Clippers



Democratic Republic of the Congo



Canada



Trey Lyles



San Antonio Spurs





Canada



Mychal Mulder



Golden State Warriors





Canada



Jamal Murray*



Denver Nuggets





Canada



Kelly Olynyk*



Miami Heat





Canada



Dwight Powell



Dallas Mavericks





Canada



Tristan Thompson



Boston Celtics



Jamaica



Canada



Andrew Wiggins



Golden State Warriors





Canada



Shai Gilgeous-Alexander*



Oklahoma City Thunder





Croatia



Bojan Bogdanović



Utah Jazz





Croatia



Luka Šamanić*



San Antonio Spurs





Croatia



Dario Šarić*



Phoenix Suns





Croatia



Ivica Zubac



LA Clippers





Czech Republic



Tomáš Satoranský*



Chicago Bulls





Democratic Republic of the Congo



Bismack Biyombo



Charlotte Hornets





Dominican Republic



Al Horford



Oklahoma City Thunder





Egypt



Abdel Nader



Phoenix Suns





Finland



Lauri Markkanen*



Chicago Bulls





France



Nicolas Batum*



LA Clippers



Cameroon



France



Sekou Doumbouya*



Detroit Pistons



Guinea



France



Evan Fournier



Orlando Magic



Algeria



France



Rudy Gobert



Utah Jazz





France



Killian Hayes*



Detroit Pistons





France



Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot



Brooklyn Nets



Democratic Republic of the Congo



France



Théo Maledon



Oklahoma City Thunder





France



Frank Ntilikina*



New York Knicks





France



Vincent Poirier



Philadelphia 76ers





Gabon



Chris Silva



Miami Heat





Georgia



Goga Bitadze*



Indiana Pacers





Germany



Isaac Bonga*



Washington Wizards





Germany



Isaiah Hartenstein*



Denver Nuggets





Germany



Maxi Kleber



Dallas Mavericks





Germany



Dennis Schröder



Los Angeles Lakers



The Gambia



Germany



Daniel Theis



Boston Celtics





Germany



Moritz Wagner



Washington Wizards





Greece



Giannis Antetokounmpo



Milwaukee Bucks



Nigeria



Greece



Thanasis Antetokounmpo



Milwaukee Bucks



Nigeria



Israel



Deni Avdija*



Washington Wizards





Italy



Danilo Gallinari*



Atlanta Hawks





Italy



Nicolò Melli



New Orleans Pelicans





Jamaica



Nick Richards



Charlotte Hornets





Japan



Rui Hachimura*



Washington Wizards



Benin



Latvia



Davis Bertans



Washington Wizards





Latvia



Anžejs Pasečņiks*



Washington Wizards





Latvia



Kristaps Porziņģis



Dallas Mavericks





Latvia



Rodions Kurucs



Brooklyn Nets





Lithuania



Domantas Sabonis



Indiana Pacers





Lithuania



Deividas Sirvydis*



Detroit Pistons





Lithuania



Jonas Valančiūnas*



Memphis Grizzlies





Montenegro



Nikola Vučević



Orlando Magic





New Zealand



Steven Adams



New Orleans Pelicans





Nigeria



Precious Achiuwa



Miami Heat





Nigeria



Udoka Azubuike



Utah Jazz





Nigeria



Josh Okogie



Minnesota Timberwolves





Republic of the Congo



Serge Ibaka



LA Clippers



Spain



Senegal



Gorgui Dieng*



Memphis Grizzlies





Serbia



Nemanja Bjelica



Sacramento Kings





Serbia



Bogdan Bogdanović



Atlanta Hawks





Serbia



Nikola Jokić



Denver Nuggets





Serbia



Boban Marjanović



Dallas Mavericks





Serbia



Aleksej Pokuševski*



Oklahoma City Thunder





Serbia



Alen Smailagić



Golden State Warriors





Slovenia



Vlatko Čančar 



Denver Nuggets





Slovenia



Goran Dragić



Miami Heat





Slovenia



Luka Dončić



Dallas Mavericks





South Sudan



Thon Maker*



Cleveland Cavaliers



Australia and Uganda



South Sudan



Wenyen Gabriel



New Orleans Pelicans





Sudan



Bol Bol



Denver Nuggets





Spain



Marc Gasol*



Los Angeles Lakers





Spain



Juancho Hernangómez



Minnesota Timberwolves





Spain



Willy Hernangómez*



New Orleans Pelicans





Spain



Ricky Rubio



Minnesota Timberwolves





St. Lucia



Chris Boucher



Toronto Raptors



Canada



Switzerland



Clint Capela



Atlanta Hawks



Angola and Republic of the Congo



Turkey



Enes Kanter*



Portland Trail Blazers





Turkey



Furkan Korkmaz



Philadelphia 76ers





Turkey



Cedi Osman



Cleveland Cavaliers





Ukraine



Alex Len



Toronto Raptors





Ukraine



Svi Mykhailiuk



Detroit Pistons





United Kingdom



OG Anunoby



Toronto Raptors



Nigeria


Below please find the full list of international two-way players:







































































Country



Name



Team



Ties to Other Countries**



Australia



Will Magnay



New Orleans Pelicans





Canada



Nate Darling



Charlotte Hornets





France



Adam Mokoka



Chicago Bulls



Republic of the Congo



France



Killian Tillie



Memphis Grizzlies





Greece



Kostas Antetokounmpo*



Los Angeles Lakers



Nigeria



Guinea



Mamadi Diakite



Milwaukee Bucks





Italy



Nico Mannion



Golden State Warriors





Japan



Yuta Watanabe



Toronto Raptors





Senegal



Tacko Fall



Boston Celtics





Senegal



Karim Mané



Orlando Magic



Canada


*Participated in Basketball Without Borders (BWB)

**Not an exhaustive list of every player tie

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