NBA Rosters Feature Record 125 International Players From 40 Countries and Territories Across Six Continents – Mahaz News


NEW YORK, Oct. 24, 2023 –The National Basketball Association (NBA) in the present day introduced {that a} report 125 worldwide gamers from 40 nations and territories throughout six continents are on opening-night rosters for the 2023-24 season, together with a report variety of gamers from Canada (26) and France (14). This marks the third consecutive season that opening-night rosters characteristic not less than 120 worldwide gamers and the tenth straight season that opening-night rosters have not less than 100 worldwide gamers. All 30 NBA groups characteristic not less than one worldwide participant.

The earlier report for worldwide gamers (121) and present report for nations and territories represented (42) have been set at first of the 2021-22 and 2017-18 seasons, respectively.

For the tenth consecutive season, Canada is the most-represented nation exterior of the U.S., adopted by France, Australia (9 gamers), Serbia (seven gamers) and Germany (six gamers). Nigeria and Turkey every have 5 gamers. There are 64 European gamers on opening-night rosters, together with 4 members of the 2022-23 Kia All-NBA Team: 2021 NBA champion and two-time Kia NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks; Greece; ties to Nigeria), four-time NBA All-Star and All-NBA First Team member Luka Dončić (Dallas Mavericks; Slovenia), 2023 NBA champion and two-time Kia NBA MVP Nikola Jokić (Denver Nuggets; Serbia) and three-time NBA All-Star Domantas Sabonis (Sacramento Kings; Lithuania). There are additionally 15 gamers from Africa, together with 2022-23 Kia NBA MVP Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers; Cameroon).

The Mavericks and the Oklahoma City Thunder characteristic a league-high eight worldwide gamers every, adopted by the Toronto Raptors and the San Antonio Spurs with seven worldwide gamers every. The Boston Celtics and the Phoenix Suns every have six.

Below are extra worldwide participant milestones and storylines for the upcoming season:

  • Three worldwide gamers have gained the final 5 Kia NBA MVP Awards: Embiid (2022-23), Jokić (2021-22 and 2020-21) and Antetokounmpo (2019-20 and 2018-19). Last season additionally marked the second consecutive season that Embiid, Jokić and Antetokounmpo completed high three in MVP voting. Embiid and the 76ers go to Antetokounmpo and the Bucks on Thursday, Oct. 26 within the season opener for each groups.
  • There are 15 worldwide gamers on opening-night rosters who’ve been NBA All-Stars: Antetokounmpo, Dončić, Embiid, Rudy Gobert (Minnesota Timberwolves; France), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Thunder; Canada), Al Horford (Celtics; Dominican Republic), Kyrie Irving (Mavericks; Australia), Jokić, Lauri Markkanen (Utah Jazz; Finland), Kristaps Porzingis (Celtics; Latvia), Sabonis, Pascal Siakam (Raptors; Cameroon), Ben Simmons (Brooklyn Nets; Australia), Nikola Vučević (Chicago Bulls; Montenegro) and Andrew Wiggins (Golden State Warriors; Canada).
  • At least 5 worldwide gamers have made the Kia All-NBA Team every season since 2018-19.
  • As a part of the 2023-24 NBA GM Survey, Jokić, Antetokounmpo and Dončić have been voted the No. 1, 2 and 4 gamers almost definitely to win the 2023-24 Kia NBA MVP Award (43%, 20% and 10% of votes, respectively). Jokić, 2023 No. 1 general decide Victor Wembanyama (Spurs; France), Antetokounmpo and Dončić have been voted the No. 1, 2, 3 and 4 gamers whom GMs would most need to signal in the event that they have been beginning a franchise in the present day (33%, 23%, 13% and 10%, respectively).
  • Wembanyama is the 14th worldwide participant to be chosen first general within the NBA Draft and the highest-drafted French participant ever. Wembanyama is poised to make his NBA debut when the Spurs host the Mavericks on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.
  • Forty-one worldwide gamers on opening-night rosters participated in Basketball Without Borders (BWB) previous to their NBA careers, together with Deandre Ayton (Portland Trail Blazers; Bahamas; BWB Global 2016), Embiid (BWB Africa 2011), Gilgeous-Alexander (BWB Global 2016), Rui Hachimura (Los Angeles Lakers; Japan; BWB Global 2016), Jamal Murray (Nuggets; Canada; BWB Global 2015), Siakam (BWB Africa 2012) and Jonas Valančiūnas (New Orleans Pelicans; Lithuania; BWB Europe 2008). BWB, the NBA and FIBA’s world basketball improvement and neighborhood outreach program, has seen 112 former campers advance to the NBA or WNBA since 2001.
  • There are a report 4 NBA Academy graduates on opening-night rosters: Dyson Daniels (Pelicans; Australia; NBA Global Academy), Josh Giddey (Thunder; Australia; NBA Global Academy), Bennedict Mathurin (Indiana Pacers; Canada; ties to Haiti; NBA Academy Latin America) and Olivier-Maxence Prosper (Mavericks; Canada; ties to Haiti; NBA Academy Latin America). NBA Academy is a year-round elite basketball improvement program that gives high high-school-age athletes from exterior the U.S. with a holistic strategy to participant improvement and a predictable pathway to maximise their potential. 
  • A report 55 present NBA gamers have been featured on nationwide staff rosters for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023, together with 4 on the gold medal-winning German Men’s National Team: event MVP Dennis Schröder (Raptors), Daniel Theis (Pacers) and brothers Franz and Moritz Wagner (Orlando Magic).
  • There are additionally plenty of American gamers with ties to different nations in addition to greater than 35 gamers with not less than one mother or father from an African nation. Among the American gamers with ties to different nations are Bam Adebayo (Miami Heat; ties to Nigeria), Jalen Green (Houston Rockets; ties to the Philippines), Matisse Thybulle (Trail Blazers; ties to Australia and Haiti), Karl-Anthony Towns (Timberwolves; ties to the Dominican Republic) and Jaylin Williams (Thunder; ties to Vietnam).

The 78th NBA common season ideas off tonight with a doubleheader on TNT and can attain followers in 214 nations and territories in additional than 50 languages by way of the league’s broadcast companions all over the world and NBA League Pass, the league’s premium dwell recreation subscription service out there through the NBA App. In the primary recreation, Jokić, Murray and the defending NBA champion Nuggets will obtain their championship rings earlier than internet hosting LeBron James and the Lakers in a rematch of the 2023 Western Conference Finals (7:30 p.m. ET). In the second recreation, four-time NBA champions Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and the Warriors will host Bradley Beal, Devin Booker, Kevin Durant and the Suns (10 p.m. ET).

Below is the complete listing of worldwide gamers on 2023-24 opening-night rosters (lively and inactive):

Country Name Team Ties
Angola Bruno Fernando Atlanta Hawks  
Australia Patty Mills Atlanta Hawks  
Australia Ben Simmons Brooklyn Nets  
Australia Josh Green** Dallas Mavericks  
Australia Kyrie Irving Dallas Mavericks  
Australia Danté Exum Dallas Mavericks  
Australia Jock Landale Houston Rockets  
Australia Dyson Daniels^ New Orleans Pelicans  
Australia Josh Giddey^** Oklahoma City Thunder  
Australia Joe Ingles Orlando Magic  
Austria Jakob Poeltl Toronto Raptors  
Bahamas Buddy Hield Indiana Pacers  
Bahamas Deandre Ayton** Portland Trail Blazers Ties to Nigeria
Belgium Toumani Camara Portland Trail Blazers  
Bosnia and Herzegovina Jusuf Nurkić Phoenix Suns  
British Virgin Islands D’Moi Hodge* Los Angeles Lakers  
Bulgaria Sasha Vezenkov Sacramento Kings  
Cameroon Joel Embiid** Philadelphia 76ers  
Cameroon Christian Koloko** Toronto Raptors  
Cameroon Pascal Siakam** Toronto Raptors  
Canada Dalano Banton Boston Celtics  
Canada Oshae Brissett Boston Celtics  
Canada Tristan Thompson Cleveland Cavaliers  
Canada AJ Lawson*** Dallas Mavericks  
Canada Dwight Powell Dallas Mavericks  
Canada Olivier-Maxence Prosper^** Dallas Mavericks Ties to Haiti
Canada Jamal Murray** Denver Nuggets  
Canada Cory Joseph Golden State Warriors Ties to Trinidad and Tobago
Canada Andrew Wiggins Golden State Warriors  
Canada Dillon Brooks Houston Rockets  
Canada Andrew Nembhard** Indiana Pacers  
Canada Bennedict Mathurin^** Indiana Pacers Ties to Haiti
Canada Joshua Primo*** LA Clippers  
Canada Brandon Clarke Memphis Grizzlies  
Canada Lindell Wigginton*** Milwaukee Bucks  
Canada Nickeil Alexander-Walker Minnesota Timberwolves  
Canada Leonard Miller Minnesota Timberwolves  
Canada RJ Barrett** New York Knicks  
Canada Luguentz Dort** Oklahoma City Thunder  
Canada Caleb Houstan Orlando Magic  
Canada Shaedon Sharpe Portland Trail Blazers  
Canada Trey Lyles Sacramento Kings  
Canada Charles Bediako*** San Antonio Spurs Ties to Ghana
Canada Kelly Olynyk** Utah Jazz  
Canada Shai Gilgeous-Alexander** Oklahoma City Thunder  
Canada Eugene Omoruyi* Washington Wizards Ties to Nigeria
Croatia Bojan Bogdanović Detroit Pistons  
Croatia Dario Šarić** Golden State Warriors  
Croatia Ivica Zubac LA Clippers  
Croatia Luka Šamanić*** Utah Jazz  
Democratic Republic of the Congo Jonathan Kuminga Golden State Warriors  
Democratic Republic of the Congo Oscar Tshiebwe* Indiana Pacers  
Dominican Republic Al Horford Boston Celtics  
Dominican Republic Chris Duarte Sacramento Kings  
Finland Lauri Markkanen** Utah Jazz  
France Théo Maledon* Charlotte Hornets  
France Frank Ntilikina** Charlotte Hornets Ties to Belgium and Rwanda
France Malcolm Cazalon* Detroit Pistons  
France Killian Hayes** Detroit Pistons  
France Moussa Diabate*** LA Clippers Ties to Guinea and Mali
France Nicolas Batum** LA Clippers Ties to Cameroon
France Rudy Gobert Minnesota Timberwolves  
France Evan Fournier New York Knicks Ties to Algeria
France Ousmane Dieng Oklahoma City Thunder Ties to Senegal
France Olivier Sarr* Oklahoma City Thunder Ties to Senegal
France Rayan Rupert Portland Trail Blazers  
France Victor Wembanyama San Antonio Spurs Ties to the Democratic Republic of the Congo
France Sidy Cissoko San Antonio Spurs Ties to Senegal
France Bilal Coulibaly Washington Wizards Ties to Mali
Georgia Goga Bitadze** Orlando Magic  
Georgia Sandro Mamukelashvili** San Antonio Spurs  
Germany Maxi Kleber Dallas Mavericks  
Germany Daniel Theis Indiana Pacers  
Germany Isaiah Hartenstein** New York Knicks  
Germany Dennis Schröder Toronto Raptors Ties to The Gambia
Germany Franz Wagner Orlando Magic  
Germany Moritz Wagner Orlando Magic  
Greece Thanasis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks Ties to Nigeria
Greece Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks Ties to Nigeria
Israel Deni Avdija** Washington Wizards  
Italy Simone Fontecchio** Utah Jazz  
Italy Danilo Gallinari** Washington Wizards  
Jamaica Nick Richards Charlotte Hornets  
Japan Rui Hachimura** Los Angeles Lakers Ties to Benin
Japan Yuta Watanabe Phoenix Suns  
Latvia Kristaps Porziņģis Boston Celtics  
Latvia Dāvis Bertāns Oklahoma City Thunder  
Lithuania Jonas Valančiūnas** New Orleans Pelicans  
Lithuania Azuolas Tubelis*** Philadelphia 76ers  
Lithuania Domantas Sabonis Sacramento Kings  
Mali Adama Sanogo*** Chicago Bulls  
Montenegro Nikola Vučević Chicago Bulls  
New Zealand Steven Adams Memphis Grizzlies  
Nigeria Josh Okogie Phoenix Suns  
Nigeria Udoka Azubuike* Phoenix Suns  
Nigeria Charles Bassey** San Antonio Spurs  
Nigeria Precious Achiuwa Toronto Raptors  
Nigeria Chimezie Metu Phoenix Suns  
Portugal Neemias Queta* Boston Celtics  
Senegal Mouhamed Gueye Atlanta Hawks  
Serbia Bogdan Bogdanović Atlanta Hawks  
Serbia Nikola Jokić Denver Nuggets  
Serbia Boban Marjanović Houston Rockets  
Serbia Nikola Jović Miami Heat  
Serbia Aleksej Pokuševski** Oklahoma City Thunder  
Serbia Vasilije Micić Oklahoma City Thunder  
Serbia Filip Petrušev** Philadelphia 76ers  
Slovenia Vlatko Čančar  Denver Nuggets  
Slovenia Luka Dončić Dallas Mavericks  
South Sudan Duop Reath* Portland Trail Blazers  
Spain Ricky Rubio Cleveland Cavaliers  
Spain Usman Garuba* Golden State Warriors Ties to Nigeria
Spain Santi Aldama** Memphis Grizzlies  
St. Lucia Chris Boucher Toronto Raptors Ties to Canada
Sudan Bol Bol Phoenix Suns  
Switzerland Clint Capela Atlanta Hawks Ties to Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Turkey Onuralp Bitim*** Chicago Bulls  
Turkey Alperen Şengün Houston Rockets  
Turkey Furkan Korkmaz Philadelphia 76ers  
Turkey Cedi Osman San Antonio Spurs  
Turkey Ömer Yurtseven** Utah Jazz  
Ukraine Svi Mykhailiuk Boston Celtics  
Ukraine Alex Len Sacramento Kings  
United Kingdom Jeremy Sochan San Antonio Spurs Ties to Poland
United Kingdom OG Anunoby Toronto Raptors Ties to Nigeria

* – Two-Way Player

** – Former Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Camper

*** – Both Two-Way Player and Former BWB Camper

^ – NBA Academy Graduate

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