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Record-tying 84 foreign players on NBA rosters

Opening-night rosters for the 2012-13 NBA season feature a record-tying 84 international players, previously set in 2010-11, from 37 countries and territories. The opening-night record for countries and territories is 38, and was also set in the 2010-11 season. Twenty-nine of the 30 teams feature at least one international player.

The San Antonio Spurs have a record for the most ever international players on a team roster with eight, followed by the Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves with five each. Five teams have four players (Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic, Milwaukee Bucks, Portland Trailblazers, and Toronto Raptors), and 11 teams have three players.

France is the most represented country, boasting 10 players, and Canada follows with the country’s most players ever with eight. Brazil and Spain each have five players on team rosters.
San Antonio takes the title for the most internationally diverse team, with six countries represented: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, and US Virgin Islands. Also boosting the record number this year are 17 international rookies from 12 countries.

At the end of the 2011-12 regular season, the NBA featured 78 international players from 35 countries and territories on team rosters (both active and inactive).

Argentina
Carlos Delfino, Houston Rockets
Manu Ginobili, San Antonio Spurs
Pablo Prigioni, New York Knicks
Luis Scola, Phoenix Suns
Australia
Andrew Bogut, Golden State Warriors
Kyrie Irving (1), Cleveland Cavaliers
Patrick Mills, San Antonio Spurs
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Mirza Teletovic, Brooklyn Nets
Brazil
Leandro Barbosa, Boston Celtics
Nene Hilario, Washington Wizards
Fab Melo, Boston Celtics
Tiago Splitter, San Antonio Spurs
Anderson Varejao, Cleveland Cavaliers
Cameroon
Luc Mbah A Moute, Milwaukee Bucks
Canada
Joel Anthony, Miami Heat
Samuel Dalembert (2), Milwaukee Bucks
Cory Joseph, San Antonio Spurs
Kris Joseph, Boston Celtics
South Africa
Steve Nash (3), Los Angeles Lakers
Andrew Nicholson, Orlando Magic
Robert Sacre, Los Angeles Lakers
Tristan Thompson, Cleveland Cavaliers
Czech Republic
Jan Vesely, Washington Wizards
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Bismack Biyombo (4), Charlotte Bobcats
Dominican Republic
Francisco Garcia, Sacramento Kings
Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks
France
Nicolas Batum, Portland Trail Blazers
Guadeloupe Rodrigue Beaubois, Dallas Mavericks
Nando De Colo, San Antonio Spurs
Boris Diaw, San Antonio Spurs
Evan Fournier, Denver Nuggets
Ian Mahinmi, Indiana Pacers
Belgium
Tony Parker (5), San Antonio Spurs
Johan Petro, Atlanta Hawks
French Guiana
Kevin Seraphin, Washington Wizards
Martinique
Ronny Turiaf, Los Angeles Clippers
Georgia
Zaza Pachulia, Atlanta Hawks
Tornike Shengelia, Brooklyn Nets
Germany
Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks
Great Britain
Luol Deng (6), Chicago Bulls
Joel Freeland, Portland Trail Blazers
Iran
Hamed Haddadi, Memphis Grizzlies
Israel
Omri Casspi, Cleveland Cavaliers
Italy
Andrea Bargnani, Toronto Raptors
Marco Belinelli, Chicago Bulls
Danilo Gallinari, Denver Nuggets
Jamaica
Samardo Samuels, Cleveland Cavaliers
Latvia
Andris Biedrins, Golden State Warriors
Lithuania
Linas Kleiza, Toronto Raptors
Donatas Motiejunas, Houston Rockets
Jonas Valanciunas, Toronto Raptors
Mexico
Gustavo Ayon, Orlando Magic
Montenegro
Nikola Pekovic, Minnesota Timberwolves
Nikola Vucevic, Orlando Magic
Nigeria
Festus Ezeli, Golden State Warriors
Poland
Marcin Gortat, Phoenix Suns
Puerto Rico
Jose Juan Barea, Minnesota Timberwolves
Russia
Andrei Kirilenko, Minnesota Timberwolves
Timofey Mozgov, Denver Nuggets
Alexey Shved, Minnesota Timberwolves
Senegal
DeSagana Diop, Charlotte Bobcats
Serbia
Darko Milicic, Boston Celtics
Montenegro
Aleksandar Pavlovic, Portland Trail Blazers
Bosnia-Herzegovina
Vladimir Radmanovic (7), Chicago Bulls
Slovenia
Goran Dragic, Phoenix Suns
Beno Udrih, Milwaukee Bucks
Spain
Jose Manuel Calderon, Toronto Raptors
Victor Claver, Portland Trail Blazers
Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies
Pau Gasol, Los Angeles Lakers
Ricky Rubio, Minnesota Timberwolves
Sweden
Jonas Jerebko, Detroit Pistons
Jeff Taylor, Charlotte Bobcats
Switzerland
Thabo Sefolosha, Oklahoma City Thunder
Tanzania
Hasheem Thabeet, Oklahoma City Thunder
Turkey
Omer Asik, Houston Rockets
Ersan Ilyasova, Milwaukee Bucks
Enes Kanter, Utah Jazz
Hidayet “Hedo” Turkoglu, Orlando Magic
Ukraine
Viacheslav Kravtsov, Detroit Pistons
U.S Virgin Islands
Raja Bell, Utah Jazz
Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
Venezuela
Greivis Vasquez, New Orleans Hornets
PLAYERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD WITH RIGHTS HELD BY AN NBA TEAM
Argentina
Federico Kammerichs, Portland Trail Blazers
Marcelo Nicola, Portland Trail Blazers
Australia
Ater Majok, Los Angeles Lakers
Brad Newley, Houston Rockets
Ben Pepper, Boston Celtics
Belarus
Vladimir Veremeenko, Chicago Bulls
Belgium
Alex Hervelle, Houston Rockets
Bosnia-Herzegovina
Stanko Barac, Indiana Pacers
Edin Bavcic, New Orleans Hornets
Nedzad Sinanovic, Portland Trail Blazers
Brazil
Paulao Prestes, Minnesota Timberwolves
China
Xue Yuyang, Denver Nuggets
Croatia Bosnia-Herzegovina
Bojan Bogdanovic, Brooklyn Nets
Bosnia-Herzegovina
Josip Sesar, Boston Celtics
Ante Tomic, Utah Jazz
Tomislav Zubcic, Toronto Raptors
Denmark
Christian Drejer, Brooklyn Nets
Finland
Petteri Koponen, Dallas Mavericks
France
Alain Digbeu, Atlanta Hawks
Paccelis Morlende, Oklahoma City Thunder
Georgia
Viktor Sanikidze, San Antonio Spurs
Germany
Peter Fehse, Utah Jazz
Tibor Pleiss, Oklahoma City Thunder
Great Britain
Andrew Betts, Indiana Pacers
Ryan Richards, San Antonio Spurs
Greece
Kostas Papanikolaou, Portland Trail Blazers
Cameroon
Sofoklis Schortsanitis, Los Angeles Clippers
Hungary
Adam Hanga, San Antonio Spurs
Israel
Lior Eliyahu, Minnesota Timberwolves
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 Mirotic, Chicago Bulls
Mladen Sekularac, Golden State Warriors
Milos Vujanic, Phoenix Suns
Netherlands
Henk Norel, Minnesota Timberwolves
Ramon Van de Hare, Orlando Magic
Nigeria
Chinemelu Elonu, Los Angeles Lakers
Chukwudiebere Maduabum, Denver Nuggets
Ejike Ugboaja, Cleveland Cavaliers
Poland
Szymon Szewczyk, Milwaukee Bucks
Puerto Rico
Ricky Sanchez, Memphis Grizzlies
Qatar Congo
Tanguy Ngombo, Minnesota Timberwolves
Russia
Andrei Festisov, Milwaukee Bucks
Sasha Kaun, Cleveland Cavaliers
Uzbekistan
Sergei Karaulov, San Antonio Spurs
Serbia
Nemanja Bjelica, Minnesota Timberwolves
Dejan Bodiroga, Sacramento Kings
Tadija Dragicevic, Dallas Mavericks
Milan Macvan, Cleveland Cavaliers
Milovan Rakovic, Orlando Magic
Slovenia
Sani Becirovic, Denver Nuggets
Erazem Lorbek, San Antonio Spurs
Bosnia-Herzegovina
Emir Preldzic, Washington Wizards
Spain
Robert Duenas, Miami Heat
Sergio Llull, Houston Rockets
Albert Miralles, Boston Celtics
Fran Vasquez, Orlando Magic
Turkey
Cenk Akyol, Atlanta Hawks
Furkan Aldemir, Houston Rockets
Ilkan Karaman, Brooklyn Nets
Ukraine
Sergey Gladyr, Atlanta Hawks
Sergei Lishok, Los Angeles Lakers
Key
1 = Born in Austraila, moved to US. Holds dual citizenship.
2 = Born in Haiti, raised in Canada and became Canadian citizen in 2007
3 = Born in South Africa, raised in Canada
4 = Born in Congo, moved to Spain. Holds dual citizenship
5 = Born in Belgium
6 = Born in South Sudan, became British citizen in 2006
7 = Born in Bosnia-Herzegovina and raised in Serbia

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2 Responses to Record-tying 84 foreign players on NBA rosters

  1. Katz Reply

    November 2, 2012 at 12:08

    Just one Serbian?
    Tony Parket plays for France, but is a citizen of Belgium and pay taxes there?

  2. Jellybean Bryant Reply

    October 31, 2012 at 19:50

    this number will continue to increase with lack of focus on development in the states and the 1 and done rule

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