NEW YORK – When the NBA Playoffs tip off on April 17, team rosters (active and inactive) will feature 46 international players from 27 countries and territories. Fifteen of 16 teams competing in the Playoffs will feature at least one international player.
The breakdown of the 46 players includes three from Africa, 28 from Europe and 11 from the Americas and Caribbean. France features the most international players with nine and Brazil, Canada and Slovenia each have three.
The Playoffs feature 21 international players in the Eastern Conference and 25 in the Western Conference. The Milwaukee Bucks have six international players and the Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs each have four. At the end of the 2009-10 regular season, the NBA featured 79 international players from 35 countries and territories on team rosters (both active and inactive).
International players in the NBA Playoffs 2010:
EASTERN CONFERENCE (21)
Atlanta Hawks (2): Al Horford (Dominican Republic) and Zaza Pachulia (Georgia)
Charlotte Bobcats (3): Alexis Ajinca (France), Boris Diaw (France) and DeSagana Diop (Senegal)
Chicago Bulls (1): Luol Deng (Great Britain)
Cleveland Cavaliers (2): Zydrunas Ilgauskas (Lithuania) and Anderson Varejao (Brazil)
Miami Heat (4): Carlos Arroyo (Puerto Rico), Joel Anthony (Canada), Yakhouba Diawara (France), and Jamaal Magloire (Canada)
Milwaukee Bucks (6): Carlos Delfino (Argentina), Andrew Bogut (Australia), Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (Cameroon), Dan Gadzuric (Netherlands), Primoz Brezec (Slovenia) and Ersan Ilyasova (Turkey)
Orlando Magic (3): Adonal Foyle (St. Vincent and the Grenadines), Marcin Gortat (Poland) and Mickael Pietrus (France)
WESTERN CONFERENCE (25)
Dallas Mavericks (4): Rodrigue Beaubois (France), Jose Juan Barea (Puerto Rico), Eduardo Najera (Mexico) and Dirk Nowitzki (Germany)
Denver Nuggets (2): Johan Petro (France) and Nene (Brazil)
Los Angeles Lakers (3): Didier Ilunga-Mbenga (Belgium), Pau Gasol (Spain) and Sasha Vujacic (Slovenia)
Oklahoma City Thunder (3): Serge Ibaka (Congo), Nenad Krstic (Serbia) and Thabo Sefolosha (Switzerland)
Phoenix Suns (3): Leandro Barbosa (Brazil), Steve Nash (Canada) and Goran Dragic (Slovenia)
Portland Trailblazers (3): Nicolas Batum (France), Partrick Mills (Australia) and Rudy Fernandez (Spain)
San Antonio Spurs (4): Tim Duncan (U.S. Virgin Islands), Manu Ginobili (Argentina), Ian Mahinmi (France) and Tony Parker (France)
Utah Jazz (3): Andrei Kirilenko (Russia), Kyrylo Fesenko (Ukraine) and Mehmet Okur (Turkey)