NBA rosters feature 108 international players from 42 countries and territories

NEW YORK – The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced today that 108 international players from a record-tying 42 countries and territories are on opening-night rosters for the 2018-19 season.  This marks the fifth 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 record for countries and territories represented (42) were set at the start of the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons, respectively.

The most-represented countries among the 108 international players on opening-night rosters are Canada (11 players), Australia (record nine players), France (nine players), Spain (seven players) and Germany (record six players), followed by Croatia, Serbia and Turkey (five players each).  Opening-night rosters also feature a record 65 European players.

The Dallas Mavericks have an NBA-high seven international players.  The Utah Jazz and LA Clippers each have six.  The Boston Celtics, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Philadelphia 76ers and San Antonio Spurs field five each.

The NBA’s 73rd season begins tonight with a doubleheader on TNT as part of Kia NBA Tip-Off 2018.  In the opening game, the Celtics host the 76ers in a rematch of last year’s Eastern Conference Semifinals at 8 p.m. ET.  In the second game, the Thunder visits the two-time defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors at 10:30 p.m. ET.

Tomorrow night, 2018 No. 1 overall draft pick Deandre Ayton (Bahamas) and the Phoenix Suns will host 2018 No. 3 overall draft pick Luka Doncic (Slovenia) and the Mavericks at 10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.  The game will also see Suns Head Coach Igor Kokoskov, the first NBA head coach born outside of North America and Doncic’s former coach with the Slovenian National Team, make his regular-season coaching debut.

A record 27 former Basketball Without Borders (BWB) campers are on opening-night rosters, including Joel Embiid (76ers; Cameroon; BWB Africa 2011), Jamal Murray (Denver Nuggets; Canada; BWB Global 2015), Dario Saric (76ers; Croatia; BWB Europe 2010) and Ayton (BWB Global 2016).  BWB is the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program that has seen more than 55 former campers drafted into the NBA or signed as free agents since 2001.

In addition to the 108 international players on 2018-19 opening-night rosters, there are six international players from five countries on “two-way” contracts.  For the second consecutive 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.

Below please find international player milestones and storylines for the upcoming season:

  • There are 11 international players on opening-night rosters who have been NBA All-Stars: Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks; Greece), Luol Deng (Minnesota Timberwolves; South Sudan), Goran Dragic (Miami Heat; Slovenia), Embiid, Al Horford (Celtics; Dominican Republic), Marc Gasol (Memphis Grizzlies; Spain), Pau Gasol (Spurs; Spain), Kyrie Irving (Celtics; Australia), Dirk Nowitzki (Mavericks; Germany), Tony Parker (Charlotte Hornets; France) and Kristaps Porzingis (Knicks; Latvia).
  • Nowitzki will set an NBA record for most seasons played with one team (21), breaking a tie with Kobe Bryant, who spent 20 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers. Nowitzki will tie the NBA record for most seasons played overall (21), joining Robert Parish, Kevin Willis, Kevin Garnett and the Atlanta Hawks’ Vince Carter, who is also beginning his 21st
  • As part of the com 2018-19 GM Survey, Antetokounmpo was voted the No. 1 player with whom general managers would want to start a franchise. Murray was voted the No. 1 player most likely to have a breakout season.
  • Pau Gasol needs 15 points to pass David Robinson (20,790 points) for 38th place on the all-time scoring list and 105 points to pass Bob Pettit (20,880 points) for 37th place on the all-time scoring list.
  • Tony Parker needs 306 points to pass Bob Lanier (19,248 points) for 50th place on the all-time scoring list.
  • Yuta Watanabe (two-way player for the Grizzlies; Japan; NBA Global Camp 2018) is seeking to become the second Japanese player to play in the NBA (Yuta Tabuse; Suns 2004-05).

Below please find the full list of international players on 2018-19 opening-night rosters (active and inactive):

Country First Name Last Name NBA Team
Australia Aron Baynes Boston Celtics
Australia Jonah Bolden Philadelphia 76ers
Australia Ryan Broekhoff Dallas Mavericks
Australia Matthew Dellavedova Milwaukee Bucks
Australia Dante Exum Utah Jazz
Australia Joe Ingles Utah Jazz
Australia Kyrie Irving Boston Celtics
Australia Patty Mills San Antonio Spurs
Australia Ben Simmons Philadelphia 76ers
Austria Jakob Poeltl San Antonio Spurs
Bahamas Deandre Ayton* Phoenix Suns
Bahamas Buddy Hield Sacramento Kings
Bosnia and Herzegovina Dzanan Musa Brooklyn Nets
Bosnia and Herzegovina Jusuf Nurkic Portland Trail Blazers
Bosnia and Herzegovina Ivica Zubac Los Angeles Lakers
Brazil Cristiano Felicio Chicago Bulls
Brazil Raul Neto Utah Jazz
Brazil Nene Houston Rockets
Cameroon Joel Embiid* Philadelphia 76ers
Cameroon Luc Mbah a Moute* LA Clippers
Cameroon Pascal Siakam* Toronto Raptors
Canada Khem Birch Orlando Magic
Canada Dillon Brooks Memphis Grizzlies
Canada Shai Gilgeous-Alexander* LA Clippers
Canada Cory Joseph Indiana Pacers
Canada Trey Lyles Denver Nuggets
Canada Jamal Murray* Denver Nuggets
Canada Kelly Olynyk* Miami Heat
Canada Dwight Powell Dallas Mavericks
Canada Nik Stauskas Portland Trail Blazers
Canada Tristan Thompson Cleveland Cavaliers
Canada Andrew Wiggins Minnesota Timberwolves
China Zhou Qi Houston Rockets
Croatia Dragan Bender* Phoenix Suns
Croatia Bojan Bogdanovic Indiana Pacers
Croatia Mario Hezonja New York Knicks
Croatia Dario Saric* Philadelphia 76ers
Croatia Ante Zizic* Cleveland Cavaliers
Czech Republic Tomas Satoransky* Washington Wizards
Democratic Republic of the Congo Bismack Biyombo Charlotte Hornets
Democratic Republic of the Congo Emmanuel Mudiay New York Knicks
Dominican Republic Al Horford Boston Celtics
Egypt Abdel Nader Oklahoma City Thunder
Finland Lauri Markkanen* Chicago Bulls
France Nicolas Batum* Charlotte Hornets
France Evan Fournier Orlando Magic
France Rudy Gobert Utah Jazz
France Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot Oklahoma City Thunder
France Ian Mahinmi Washington Wizards
France Frank Ntilikina* New York Knicks
France Elie Okobo Phoenix Suns
France Tony Parker Charlotte Hornets
France Guerschon Yabusele Boston Celtics
Georgia Zaza Pachulia Detroit Pistons
Germany Isaac Bonga* Los Angeles Lakers
Germany Maxi Kleber Dallas Mavericks
Germany Dirk Nowitzki Dallas Mavericks
Germany Dennis Schroder Oklahoma City Thunder
Germany Daniel Theis Boston Celtics
Germany Moritz Wagner Los Angeles Lakers
Greece Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks
Haiti Skal Labissiere Sacramento Kings
Israel Omri Casspi* Memphis Grizzlies
Italy Marco Belinelli* San Antonio Spurs
Italy Danilo Gallinari* LA Clippers
Latvia Davis Bertans San Antonio Spurs
Latvia Rodions Kurucs Brooklyn Nets
Latvia Kristaps Porzingis New York Knicks
Lithuania Domantas Sabonis Indiana Pacers
Lithuania Jonas Valanciunas* Toronto Raptors
Mali Cheick Diallo New Orleans Pelicans
Montenegro Nikola Mirotic* New Orleans Pelicans
Montenegro Nikola Vucevic Orlando Magic
New Zealand Steven Adams Oklahoma City Thunder
Nigeria Josh Okogie Minnesota Timberwolves
Poland Marcin Gortat LA Clippers
Puerto Rico J.J. Barea Dallas Mavericks
Republic of the Congo Serge Ibaka Toronto Raptors
Russia Timofey Mozgov Orlando Magic
Senegal Gorgui Dieng* Minnesota Timberwolves
Serbia Nemanja Bjelica Sacramento Kings
Serbia Bogdan Bogdanovic Sacramento Kings
Serbia Nikola Jokic Denver Nuggets
Serbia Boban Marjanovic LA Clippers
Serbia Milos Teodosic* LA Clippers
Slovenia Goran Dragic Miami Heat
Slovenia Luka Doncic Dallas Mavericks
South Sudan Luol Deng Minnesota Timberwolves
South Sudan Thon Maker* Milwaukee Bucks
Spain Alex Abrines Oklahoma City Thunder
Spain Jose Calderon Detroit Pistons
Spain Marc Gasol* Memphis Grizzlies
Spain Pau Gasol San Antonio Spurs
Spain Juancho Hernangomez Denver Nuggets
Spain Willy Hernangomez* Charlotte Hornets
Spain Ricky Rubio Utah Jazz
Sweden Jonas Jerebko Golden State Warriors
Switzerland Clint Capela Houston Rockets
Switzerland Thabo Sefolosha Utah Jazz
Tunisia Salah Mejri Dallas Mavericks
Turkey Omer Asik Chicago Bulls
Turkey Ersan Ilyasova Milwaukee Bucks
Turkey Enes Kanter* New York Knicks
Turkey Furkan Korkmaz Philadelphia 76ers
Turkey Cedi Osman Cleveland Cavaliers
Ukraine Alex Len Atlanta Hawks
Ukraine Svi Mykhailiuk Los Angeles Lakers
United Kingdom OG Anunoby Toronto Raptors


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

Country First Name Last Name NBA Team
Canada Chris Boucher Toronto Raptors
Canada Naz Mitrou-Long Utah Jazz
Dominican Republic Angel Delgado LA Clippers
Greece Kostas Antetokounmpo* Dallas Mavericks
Japan Yuta Watanabe Memphis Grizzlies

 *Former Basketball Without Borders camper