NBA rosters feature 108 international players from record 42 countries and territories

NEW YORK – The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced today that 108 international players from a record 42 countries and territories are on opening-night rosters for the 2017-18 season.  This marks the fourth consecutive season that opening-night rosters feature at least 100 international players and that all 30 teams have at least one international player.

The record for international players (113) and previous record for countries and territories represented (41) were set at the start of the 2016-17 season.

In addition to the 108 international players on 2017-18 opening-night rosters, there are five international players on “two-way” contracts.  Beginning this season, NBA teams can sign up to two two-way players to NBA contracts.  These contracts allow two-way players to be with their NBA parent team for up to 45 days, spending most of the season in the NBA G League.

The most-represented countries among the 108 international players on opening-night rosters are Canada (11 players), France (10 players), Australia (record-tying eight players) and Spain (seven players), followed by Brazil, Croatia, Germany, Serbia and Turkey (five players each).  Opening-night rosters also feature a record number of European players (64).

The Toronto Raptors and Utah Jazz have an NBA-high seven international players each.  The Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers and San Antonio Spurs each have six.  The Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks and Orlando Magic field five each.

The NBA’s 72nd season begins tonight with a doubleheader on TNT as part of Kia NBA Tip-Off 2017.  In the opening game, the Cleveland Cavaliers host the Celtics in a rematch of last year’s Eastern Conference Finals at 8 p.m. ET.  In the second game, the Houston Rockets visit the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors at 10:30 p.m. ET.

A number of international players are scheduled to make their NBA debut during opening week, including:

  • Lauri Markkanen (Finland; Basketball without Borders 2014 and 2015), the seventh overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, will make his NBA debut when the Chicago Bulls visit the Raptors on Thursday, Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBA LEAGUE PASS.
  • Frank Ntilikina (France; Basketball without Borders 2015 and 2016), the eighth overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, will make his NBA debut when the Knicks travel to Oklahoma City to take on the Thunder on Oct. 19 at 8 p.m. ET on TNT.
  • Zhou Qi (China), the 43rd overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, and the Rockets take on the Warriors tonight at 10:30 p.m. ET on TNT.
  • Ben Simmons (Australia), the first overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, will make his NBA debut when the 76ers visit the Washington Wizards on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.
  • Milos Teodosic (Serbia; Basketball without Borders 2001), who was voted the best international player not in the NBA in the 2016-17 GM Survey, will make his NBA debut when the LA Clippers play the Los Angeles Lakers on Oct. 19 at 10:30 p.m. ET on TNT.

Below please find the full list of international players on 2017-18 opening-night rosters (active and inactive): 

Country First Name Last Name Team
Argentina Nicolas Brussino Atlanta Hawks
Argentina Manu Ginobili San Antonio Spurs
Australia Kyrie Irving Boston Celtics
Australia Aron Baynes Boston Celtics
Australia Andrew Bogut Los Angeles Lakers
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
Bahamas Buddy Hield Sacramento Kings
Bosnia and Herzegovina Ivica Zubac Los Angeles Lakers
Bosnia and Herzegovina Mirza Teletovic Milwaukee Bucks
Bosnia and Herzegovina Jusuf Nurkic Portland Trail Blazers
Brazil Cristiano Felicio Chicago Bulls
Brazil Nene Houston Rockets
Brazil Bruno Caboclo Toronto Raptors
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 Dwight Powell Dallas Mavericks
Canada Jamal Murray Denver Nuggets
Canada Trey Lyles Denver Nuggets
Canada Cory Joseph Indiana Pacers
Canada Tyler Ennis Los Angeles Lakers
Canada Dillon Brooks Memphis Grizzlies
Canada Kelly Olynyk Miami Heat
Canada Andrew Wiggins Minnesota Timberwolves
Canada Khem Birch Orlando Magic
Canada Nik Stauskas Philadelphia 76ers
China Zhou Qi Houston Rockets
Croatia Ante Zizic Cleveland Cavaliers
Croatia Bojan Bogdanovic Indiana Pacers
Croatia Mario Hezonja Orlando Magic
Croatia Dario Saric Philadelphia 76ers
Croatia Dragan Bender Phoenix Suns
Czech Republic Tomas Satoransky Washington Wizards
Dem. Republic of the Congo Emmanuel Mudiay Denver Nuggets
Dem. Republic of the Congo Bismack Biyombo Orlando Magic
Dominican Republic Al Horford Boston Celtics
Egypt Abdel Nader Boston Celtics
Finland Lauri Markkanen Chicago Bulls
France Guerschon Yabusele Boston Celtics
France Nicolas Batum Charlotte Hornets
France Alexis Ajinca New Orleans Pelicans
France Frank Ntilikina New York Knicks
France Evan Fournier Orlando Magic
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 Dennis Schroder Atlanta Hawks
Germany Daniel Theis Boston Celtics
Germany Paul Zipser Chicago Bulls
Germany Maxi Kleber Dallas Mavericks
Germany Dirk Nowitzki Dallas Mavericks
Greece Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks
Greece Georgios Papagiannis Sacramento Kings
Haiti Skal Labissiere Sacramento Kings
Israel Omri Casspi Golden State Warriors
Italy Marco Belinelli Atlanta Hawks
Italy Danilo Gallinari LA Clippers
Latvia Kristaps Porzingis New York Knicks
Latvia Davis Bertans San Antonio Spurs
Lithuania Domantas Sabonis Indiana Pacers
Lithuania Mindaugas Kuzminskas New York Knicks
Lithuania Jonas Valanciunas Toronto Raptors
Mali Cheick Diallo New Orleans Pelicans
Montenegro Nikola Mirotic Chicago Bulls
Montenegro Nikola Vucevic Orlando Magic
New Zealand Steven Adams Oklahoma City Thunder
Poland Marcin Gortat Washington Wizards
Puerto Rico J.J. Barea Dallas Mavericks
Republic of the Congo Serge Ibaka Toronto Raptors
Russia Timofey Mozgov Brooklyn Nets
Senegal Gorgui Dieng Minnesota Timberwolves
Serbia Nikola Jokic Denver Nuggets
Serbia Boban Marjanovic Detroit Pistons
Serbia Milos Teodosic LA Clippers
Serbia Nemanja Bjelica Minnesota Timberwolves
Serbia Bogdan Bogdanovic Sacramento Kings
Slovenia Goran Dragic Miami Heat
South Sudan Luol Deng Los Angeles Lakers
South Sudan Thon Maker Milwaukee Bucks
Spain Jose Calderon Cleveland Cavaliers
Spain Juancho Hernangomez Denver Nuggets
Spain Marc Gasol Memphis Grizzlies
Spain Willy Hernangomez New York Knicks
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
Tunisia Salah Mejri Dallas Mavericks
Turkey Ersan Ilyasova Atlanta Hawks
Turkey Cedi Osman Cleveland Cavaliers
Turkey Omer Asik New Orleans Pelicans
Turkey Enes Kanter New York Knicks
Turkey Furkan Korkmaz Philadelphia 76ers
Ukraine Alex Len Phoenix Suns
United Kingdom OG Anunoby Toronto Raptors


Below please find the full list of international two-way players:


Country First Name Last Name Team
Canada Chris Boucher Golden State Warriors
Dominican Republic Luis Montero Detroit Pistons
France Yakuba Ouattara Brooklyn Nets
Puerto Rico Gian Clavell Dallas Mavericks
Sudan Mangok Mathiang Charlotte Hornets