NEW YORK – 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 Trail Blazers, 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).