NBA Tips Off With Record 92 International Players

A record-breaking 92 international players from 39 countries and territories feature on opening-night rosters for the 2013-14 NBA season. The previous opening-night record was set in the 2010-11 season with 84 players from 38 countries and territories.  Twenty-seven of the 30 teams feature at least one international player.

The San Antonio Spurs break the record for the most international players on a team roster with 10; last season’s opening-night roster featured eight.  The Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves follow with six international players each, and the Milwaukee Bucks have five.  Seven teams have four international players and seven teams have three such players. 

Once again, France is the most represented country with ten players, and Canada follows with eight.  Australia and Spain each have five players on team rosters, with Argentina, Brazil, Italy, Russia, and Turkey each having four.  Four countries have their strongest representation ever – Australia (five), Israel (two), Italy (four), and Russia (four), with Macedonia making a first appearance on the list.

The San Antonio Spurs retain the title for the most internationally diverse team, with seven countries represented on their roster.

At the end of the 2012-13 regular season, the NBA featured 85 international players from 36 countries and territories on team rosters (both active and inactive).

 

The following is a complete list of international players on 2013-14 NBA opening-night

rosters (both active and inactive):

 

NATIONALITY        BIRTHPLACE      FIRST NAME            LAST NAME   NBA TEAM

Argentina                                                      Carlos                           Delfino               Milwaukee Bucks

Emanuel “Manu”          Ginobili              San Antonio Spurs

Pablo                             Prigioni               New York Knicks

Luis                               Scola                  Indiana Pacers

 

Australia                                                        Aron                             Baynes                 San Antonio Spurs

Andrew                        Bogut                   Golden State Warriors

Matthew                       Dellavedova        Cleveland Cavaliers

Kyrie                             Irving1                  Cleveland Cavaliers

Patrick                          Mills                     San Antonio Spurs

 

Bosnia & Herzegovina                                  Ongjen                       Kuzmic             Golden State Warriors

Mirza                            Teletovic              Brooklyn Nets

 

Brazil                                                             Vitor                             Faverani               Boston Celtics

Nene                             Hilario                  Washington Wizards

Tiago                             Splitter                 San Antonio Spurs

Anderson                      Varejao                Cleveland Cavaliers

 

Cameroon                                                      Luc                               Mbah A Moute    Sacramento Kings

 

Canada                                                          Joel                               Anthony              Miami Heat

Anthony                       Bennett                Cleveland Cavaliers

Cory                              Joseph                  San Antonio Spurs

South Africa            Steve                             Nash2                   Los Angeles Lakers

Andrew                        Nicholson            Orlando Magic

Kelly                             Olynyk                 Boston Celtics

Robert                           Sacre                    Los Angeles Lakers

Tristan                           Thompson            Cleveland Cavaliers

 

Congo                                                            Serge                             Ibaka3                  Oklahoma City Thunder

 

Czech Republic                                             Jan                                Vesely                  Washington Wizards

 

Democratic Republic

of the Congo                                                 Bismack                        Biyombo              Charlotte Bobcats

 

Dominican Republic                                     Francisco       Garcia  Houston Rockets

Al                                  Horford               Atlanta Hawks

 

France                                                           Nicolas                          Batum                  Portland Trail Blazers

Nando                           De Colo               San Antonio Spurs

Boris                             Diaw                    San Antonio Spurs

Evan                             Fournier               Denver Nuggets

Rudy                             Gobert                 Utah Jazz

Ian                                Mahinmi              Indiana Pacers

Erik                               Murphy4               Chicago Bulls

Belgium                    Tony                             Parker5                 San Antonio Spurs

                                     French Guiana          Kevin                            Seraphin               Washington Wizards

Martinique                Ronny                           Turiaf                   Minnesota Timberwolves

Georgia                                                         Zaza                              Pachulia               Milwaukee Bucks

Tornike                         Shengelia             Brooklyn Nets

Germany                                                       Elias                              Harris                   Los Angeles Lakers

Dirk                              Nowitzki              Dallas Mavericks

Dennis                                    Schroder     Atlanta Hawks

 

Great Britain                South Sudan            Luol                              Deng6                   Chicago Bulls

Joel                               Freeland               Portland Trail Blazers

Greece                                                           Giannis                         Antetokounmpo  Milwaukee Bucks

 

Haiti                                                              Samuel                          Dalembert7           Dallas Mavericks

 

Israel                                                             Omri                             Casspi                  Houston Rockets

Gal                                Mekel                   Dallas Mavericks

 

Italy                                                              Andrea                          Bargnani              New York Knicks

Marco                           Belinelli               San Antonio Spurs

Luigi                             Datome                Detroit Pistons

Danilo                           Gallinari               Denver Nuggets

 

Latvia                                                            Andris                           Biedrins               Utah Jazz

 

Lithuania                                                       Donatas                        Motiejunas           Houston Rockets

Jonas                             Valanciunas         Toronto Raptors

 

Macedonia                                                     Pero                              Antic                    Atlanta Hawks

 

Mexico                                                          Gustavo                        Ayon                    Atlanta Hawks

Montenegro                                                   Nikola                           Pekovic                Minnesota Timberwolves

Nikola                           Vucevic               Orlando Magic

 

New Zealand                                                 Steven                           Adams                 Oklahoma City Thunder

 

Nigeria                                                           Festus                           Ezeli                     Golden State Warriors

 

Poland                                                           Marcin                          Gortat                  Washington Wizards

 

Puerto Rico                                                   Jose Juan                     Barea                      Minnesota Timberwolves

 

Russia                                                            Sergey                         Karasev                Cleveland Cavaliers

Andrei                         Kirilenko              Brooklyn Nets

Timofey                       Mozgov               Denver Nuggets

Alexey                         Shved                  Minnesota Timberwolves

 

Senegal                                                         Gorgui                         Dieng                   Minnesota Timberwolves

Hamady                      Ndiaye                 Sacramento Kings

Serbia                                                            Nemanja                      Nedovic               Golden State Warriors

Miroslav                      Raduljica             Milwaukee Bucks

Slovenia                                                          Goran                          Dragic                  Phoenix Suns

Beno                            Udrih                      New York Knicks

Spain                                                               Jose Manuel                Calderon              Dallas Mavericks

Victor                          Claver                  Portland Trail Blazers

Marc                            Gasol                      Memphis Grizzlies

Pau                              Gasol                      Los Angeles Lakers

Ricky                           Rubio                   Minnesota Timberwolves

Sweden                                                           Jonas                           Jerebko                Detroit Pistons

Jeffrey                         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              Phoenix Suns

Alex                            Len                      Phoenix Suns

U.S Virgin Islands                                          Tim                              Duncan                San Antonio Spurs

 

Venezuela                                                       Greivis                         Vasquez               Sacramento Kings

 

 

Key

1 = Born in Australia, moved to US.  Holds dual citizenship.

2 = Born in South Africa, raised in Canada.

3 = Born in Congo, moved to Spain.  Holds dual citizenship.

4 = Born in France, moved to US.  Holds citizenship in US and Finland.

5 = Born in Belgium.

6 = Born in South Sudan, became British citizen in 2006.

7 = Born in Haiti, raised in Canada. Holds dual citizenship.

Photo: ESPN

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