2018 NBA Playoffs to feature record 62 international players from 33 countries

NEW YORK – The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced today that team rosters (active and inactive) for the 2018 NBA Playoffs will feature a record 62 international players from a record 33 countries.

All 16 teams competing in the playoffs will feature at least one international player.  The Utah Jazz and Philadelphia 76ers have an NBA-high seven international players each.  The Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors and San Antonio Spurs each have six.  The Spurs’ 2014 NBA Championship team featured a record nine international players during the playoffs.

The most represented countries among the 62 international players on playoff rosters are France and Australia (seven players each), followed by Canada (four players), Spain (four players), Turkey, Croatia, Cameroon and Brazil (three players each).  Thirty-six of the record 64 European players who were on opening-night rosters for the 2017-18 season are on playoff rosters.

Four-time NBA Champion Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs; France) will be making his 17th straight playoff appearance, the longest active streak among all NBA players.

There were 108 international players from a record 42 countries and territories on opening-night rosters for the 2017-18 season.  This marked the fourth consecutive season that opening-night rosters featured at least 100 international players and that all 30 teams had at least one international player.

The previous record for international players in the playoffs (60) was set in 2007, and the previous record for countries and territories represented in the playoffs (30) was set in 2014.

The 2018 NBA Playoffs tip off Saturday, April 14 on ABC.  In the opening game, the defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors will host the San Antonio Spurs at 3:00 p.m. ET.


Country Player Team
Argentina Manu Ginobili San Antonio Spurs
Australia Kyrie Irving Boston Celtics
Australia Aron Baynes Boston Celtics
Australia Matthew Dellavedova Milwaukee Bucks
Australia Ben Simmons Philadelphia 76ers
Australia Patty Mills San Antonio Spurs
Australia Dante Exum Utah Jazz
Australia Joe Ingles Utah Jazz
Austria Jakob Poeltl Toronto Raptors
Bosnia and Herzegovina Jusuf Nurkic Portland Trail Blazers
Brazil Nene Houston Rockets
Brazil Lucas Nogueira Toronto Raptors
Brazil Raul Neto Utah Jazz
Cameroon Luc Mbah a Moute Houston Rockets
Cameroon Joel Embiid Philadelphia 76ers
Cameroon Pascal Siakam Toronto Raptors
Canada Tristan Thompson Cleveland Cavaliers
Canada Cory Joseph Indiana Pacers
Canada Kelly Olynyk Miami Heat
Canada Andrew Wiggins Minnesota Timberwolves
China Qi Zhou Houston Rockets
Croatia Ante Zizic Cleveland Cavaliers
Croatia Bojan Bogdanovic Indiana Pacers
Croatia Dario Saric Philadelphia 76ers
Czech Republic Tomas Satoransky Washington Wizards
Dominican Republic Al Horford Boston Celtics
Egypt Abdel Nader Boston Celtics
France Guerschon Yabusele Boston Celtics
France Alexis Ajinca New Orleans Pelicans
France Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot Philadelphia 76ers
France Tony Parker San Antonio Spurs
France Joffrey Lauvergne San Antonio Spurs
France Rudy Gobert Utah Jazz
France Ian Mahinmi Washington Wizards
Georgia Zaza Pachulia Golden State Warriors
Germany Daniel Theis Boston Celtics
Greece Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks
Greece Georgios Papagiannis Portland Trail Blazers
Italy Marco Belinelli Philadelphia 76ers
Latvia Davis Bertans San Antonio Spurs
Lithuania Domantas Sabonis Indiana Pacers
Lithuania Jonas Valanciunas Toronto Raptors
Mali Cheick Diallo New Orleans Pelicans
Montenegro Nikola Mirotic New Orleans Pelicans
New Zealand Steven Adams Oklahoma City Thunder
Poland Marcin Gortat Washington Wizards
Republic of the Congo Serge Ibaka Toronto Raptors
Senegal Gorgui Dieng Minnesota Timberwolves
Serbia Nemanja Bjelica Minnesota Timberwolves
Slovenia Goran Dragic Miami Heat
South Sudan Thon Maker Milwaukee Bucks
Spain Jose Calderon Cleveland Cavaliers
Spain Alex Abrines Oklahoma City Thunder
Spain Pau Gasol San Antonio Spurs
Spain Ricky Rubio Utah Jazz
Sweden Jonas Jerebko Utah Jazz
Switzerland Clint Capela Houston Rockets
Switzerland Thabo Sefolosha Utah Jazz
Turkey Cedi Osman Cleveland Cavaliers
Turkey Ersan Ilyasova Philadelphia 76ers
Turkey Furkan Korkmaz Philadelphia 76ers
United Kingdom OG Anunoby Toronto Raptors