NBA Rosters Feature 120 International Players from 40 Countries, Six Continents

* All 30 NBA teams feature at least one international player


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NBA Rosters Feature 120 International Players from 40 Countries, Six Continents


Opening-Night-Rosters Feature 16 African Players and More than 35 Players With at Least One Parent from Africa; Back-to-Back Seasons with at Least 120 International Players for First Time in League History; Ninth Consecutive Season League Has at Least 100 International Players; All 30 Teams Feature at Least One International Player; Toronto Raptors Have League-High Eight International Players, Lead League for Second Consecutive Season.

The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced that 120 international players from 40 countries and six continents are on opening-night rosters for the 2022-23 season, including a record number of players from Canada (22) and Australia (10).  A record-tying five players from Nigeria are among the 16 African players on opening-night rosters.  There are also more than 35 players with at least one parent from Africa. 

This marks the first time that opening-night rosters have at least 120 international players in consecutive seasons and the ninth straight season that opening-night rosters feature at least 100 international players.  All 30 NBA teams feature at least one international player.

The 2022-23 season tips off tonight with a doubleheader on TNT.  In the first game, the Philadelphia 76ers will visit the reigning Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics (7:30 p.m. ET).  In the second game, the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors will receive their championship rings before hosting the Los Angeles Lakers (10 p.m. ET).

For the ninth consecutive year, Canada is the most-represented country outside of the U.S., followed by Australia, France (nine players) and Germany (six players).  Nigeria, Serbia and Spain each have five players.  There is a total of 58 European players on opening-night rosters, including three members of the 2021-22 Kia All-NBA First Team:  Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks; Greece; ties to Nigeria), Luka Doncic (Dallas Mavericks; Slovenia) and 2021-22 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets; Serbia).

The Toronto Raptors feature eight international players, marking the second consecutive season the Raptors lead the league, followed by the Mavericks, Indiana Pacers and the Sacramento Kings with seven international players each.  The Oklahoma City Thunder and Utah Jazz each have six.

Thirty-eight players on opening-night rosters participated in Basketball Without Borders (BWB) prior to their NBA careers, including Deandre Ayton (Suns; Bahamas; BWB Global 2016), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Thunder; Canada; BWB Global 2016), Joel Embiid (76ers; Cameroon; BWB Africa 2011), Rui Hachimura (Washington Wizards; Japan; BWB Global 2016), Jamal Murray (Nuggets; Canada; BWB Global 2015), Pascal Siakam (Raptors; Cameroon; BWB Africa 2012) and Jonas Valanciunas (New Orleans Pelicans; Lithuania; BWB Europe 2008).  Additionally, there are a record three NBA Academy graduates on opening-night rosters: Dyson Daniels (Pelicans; Australia; NBA Global Academy), Josh Giddey (Thunder; Australia; NBA Global Academy) and Bennedict Mathurin (Pacers; Canada; ties to Haiti; NBA Academy Latin America).  NBA Academies, a year-round elite basketball development program for top high school-age athletes from outside the U.S., have been launched in Canberra, Australia; Greater Noida, India; San Luis Potosí, Mexico; and Saly, Senegal for top prospects from their respective countries and continents.

There are also a number of American players with ties to other countries.  Among the American players with ties to other countries are Bam Adebayo (Miami Heat; ties to Nigeria), Jalen Green (Houston Rockets; ties to the Philippines), Matisse Thybulle (76ers; ties to Australia and Haiti), Juan Toscano-Anderson (Lakers; ties to Mexico), Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota Timberwolves; ties to the Dominican Republic) and Jaylin Williams (Thunder; ties to Vietnam).

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

  • Two international players have won the last four Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Awards: reigning back-to-back MVP Jokic (2021-22 and 2020-21) and Antetokounmpo (2019-20 and 2018-19).  Jokic and the Nuggets will face Antetokounmpo and the Bucks on Wednesday, Jan. 25 in Milwaukee and on Saturday, March 25 in Denver.
  • Last season was the first time the top three finishers in MVP voting were all international players: Jokic, Embiid and Antetokounmpo.
  • At least five international players have made the Kia All-NBA Team each season since 2018-19.
  • As part of the 2022-23 NBA App GM Survey (https://on.NBA.com/3eIeTYd), Doncic, Antetokounmpo and Embiid were voted the No. 1, 2 and 3 players most likely to win the 2022-23 Kia NBA MVP Award (48%, 34% and 13% of votes, respectively).  Antetokounmpo and Doncic were voted the No. 1 and No. 2 players with whom general managers would most want to start a franchise (55% and 45% of votes, respectively).
  • Daniels and Mathurin are poised to become the second and third NBA Academy graduates to play in the NBA after Giddey became the first last season.  Daniels and Giddey, former teammates at NBA Global Academy in Australia, will meet on Monday, Nov. 28 in New Orleans, Friday, Dec. 23 and Monday, Feb. 13 in Oklahoma City, and Saturday, March 11 in New Orleans.
  • Matchups between Philadelphia and Toronto will feature three former BWB Africa campers from Cameroon: Embiid, Siakam and Christian Koloko (Raptors; BWB Africa 2017; BWB Global 2018).  The teams will play each other on Wednesday, Oct. 26 and Friday, Oct. 28 in Toronto, and on Monday, Dec. 19 and Friday, March 31 in Philadelphia.
  • There are three sets of international brothers in the NBA: Giannis, Thanasis and Kostas Antetokounmpo (Greece; ties to Nigeria; Bucks, Bucks and Chicago Bulls, respectively); Juancho and Willy Hernangómez (Spain; Raptors and Pelicans, respectively); and Franz and Moritz Wagner (Germany; Magic).
  • There are 14 international players on opening-night rosters who have been NBA All-Stars: Antetokounmpo, Doncic, Goran Dragic (Bulls; Slovenia), Embiid, Rudy Gobert (Timberwolves; France), Al Horford (Celtics; Dominican Republic), Kyrie Irving (Brooklyn Nets; Australia), Jokic, Kristaps Porzingis (Wizards; Latvia), Domantas Sabonis (Kings; Lithuania), Siakam, Ben Simmons (Nets; Australia), Nikola Vucevic (Bulls; Montenegro) and Andrew Wiggins (Warriors; Canada).

Below please find the full list of international players on 2022-23 opening-night rosters (active and inactive):

Country
 

Name
 

Team
 

Ties
 

Angola
 
Bruno Fernando
 
Houston Rockets
 
 
Argentina
 
Facundo Campazzo**
 
Dallas Mavericks
 
 
Argentina
 
Leandro Bolmaro**
 
Utah Jazz
 
 
Australia
 
Ben Simmons
 
Brooklyn Nets
 
 
Australia
 
Kyrie Irving
 
Brooklyn Nets
 
 
Australia
 
Patty Mills
 
Brooklyn Nets
 
 
Australia
 
Josh Green**
 
Dallas Mavericks
 
 
Australia
 
Jack White*
 
Denver Nuggets
 
 
Australia
 
Joe Ingles
 
Milwaukee Bucks
 
 
Australia
 
Dyson Daniels^
 
New Orleans Pelicans
 
 
Australia
 
Josh Giddey^**
 
Oklahoma City Thunder
 
 
Australia
 
Jock Landale
 
Phoenix Suns
 
 
Australia
 
Matthew Dellavedova
 
Sacramento Kings
 
 
Austria
 
Jakob Poeltl
 
San Antonio Spurs
 
 
Bahamas
 
Kai Jones**
 
Charlotte Hornets
 
 
Bahamas
 
Buddy Hield
 
Indiana Pacers
 
 
Bahamas
 
Deandre Ayton**
 
Phoenix Suns
 
Ties to Nigeria
 
Bosnia and Herzegovina
 
Jusuf Nurkic
 
Portland Trail Blazers
 
 
Brazil
 
Raul Neto
 
Cleveland Cavaliers
 
 
Cameroon
 
Joel Embiid**
 
Philadelphia 76ers
 
 
Cameroon
 
Christian Koloko**
 
Toronto Raptors
 
 
Cameroon
 
Pascal Siakam**
 
Toronto Raptors
 
 
Canada
 
Mfiondu Kabengele*
 
Boston Celtics
 
Ties to the Democratic Republic of the Congo
 
Canada
 
Dwight Powell
 
Dallas Mavericks
 
 
Canada
 
Jamal Murray**
 
Denver Nuggets
 
 
Canada
 
Cory Joseph
 
Detroit Pistons
 
Ties to Trinidad and Tobago
 
Canada
 
Andrew Wiggins
 
Golden State Warriors
 
 
Canada
 
Andrew Nembhard**
 
Indiana Pacers
 
 
Canada
 
Bennedict Mathurin^**
 
Indiana Pacers
 
Ties to Haiti
 
Canada
 
Oshae Brissett
 
Indiana Pacers
 
 
Canada
 
Brandon Clarke
 
Memphis Grizzlies
 
 
Canada
 
Dillon Brooks
 
Memphis Grizzlies
 
 
Canada
 
RJ Barrett**
 
New York Knicks
 
 
Canada
 
Luguentz Dort**
 
Oklahoma City Thunder
 
 
Canada
 
Caleb Houstan
 
Orlando Magic
 
 
Canada
 
Shaedon Sharpe
 
Portland Trail Blazers
 
 
Canada
 
Trey Lyles
 
Sacramento Kings
 
 
Canada
 
Josh Primo**
 
San Antonio Spurs
 
 
Canada
 
Dalano Banton
 
Toronto Raptors
 
 
Canada
 
Khem Birch
 
Toronto Raptors
 
 
Canada
 
Kelly Olynyk**
 
Utah Jazz
 
 
Canada
 
Nickeil Alexander-Walker
 
Utah Jazz
 
 
Canada
 
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander**
 
Oklahoma City Thunder
 
 
Canada
 
Eugene Omoruyi*
 
Oklahoma City Thunder
 
Ties to Nigeria
 
Croatia
 
Bojan Bogdanovic
 
Detroit Pistons
 
 
Croatia
 
Ivica Zubac
 
LA Clippers
 
 
Croatia
 
Dario Šaric**
 
Phoenix Suns
 
 
Czech Republic
 
Vít Krejcí**
 
Atlanta Hawks
 
 
Democratic Republic of the Congo
 
Jonathan Kuminga
 
Golden State Warriors
 
 
Democratic Republic of the Congo
 
Bismack Biyombo
 
Phoenix Suns
 
 
Dominican Republic
 
Al Horford
 
Boston Celtics
 
 
Dominican Republic
 
Chris Duarte
 
Indiana Pacers
 
 
Finland
 
Lauri Markkanen**
 
Utah Jazz
 
 
France
 
Théo Maledon*
 
Charlotte Hornets
 
 
France
 
Frank Ntilikina**
 
Dallas Mavericks
 
Ties to Belgium and Rwanda
 
France
 
Killian Hayes**
 
Detroit Pistons
 
 
France
 
Moussa Diabate***
 
LA Clippers
 
Ties to Guinea and Mali
 
France
 
Nicolas Batum**
 
LA Clippers
 
Ties to Cameroon
 
France
 
Rudy Gobert
 
Minnesota Timberwolves
 
 
France
 
Evan Fournier
 
New York Knicks
 
Ties to Algeria
 
France
 
Ousmane Dieng
 
Oklahoma City Thunder
 
Ties to Senegal
 
France
 
Olivier Sarr*
 
Portland Trail Blazers
 
Ties to Senegal
 
Georgia
 
Goga Bitadze**
 
Indiana Pacers
 
 
Georgia
 
Sandro Mamukelashvili***
 
Milwaukee Bucks
 
 
Germany
 
Maxi Kleber
 
Dallas Mavericks
 
 
Germany
 
Daniel Theis
 
Indiana Pacers
 
 
Germany
 
Dennis Schröder
 
Los Angeles Lakers
 
Ties to The Gambia
 
Germany
 
Isaiah Hartenstein**
 
New York Knicks
 
 
Germany
 
Franz Wagner
 
Orlando Magic
 
 
Germany
 
Moritz Wagner
 
Orlando Magic
 
 
Greece
 
Kostas Antetokounmpo***
 
Chicago Bulls
 
Ties to Nigeria
 
Greece
 
Giannis Antetokounmpo
 
Milwaukee Bucks
 
Ties to Nigeria
 
Greece
 
Thanasis Antetokounmpo
 
Milwaukee Bucks
 
Ties to Nigeria
 
Guinea
 
Mamadi Diakite*
 
Cleveland Cavaliers
 
 
Israel
 
Deni Avdija**
 
Washington Wizards
 
 
Italy
 
Danilo Gallinari**
 
Boston Celtics
 
 
Italy
 
Simone Fontecchio**
 
Utah Jazz
 
 
Jamaica
 
Nick Richards
 
Charlotte Hornets
 
 
Japan
 
Yuta Watanabe
 
Brooklyn Nets
 
 
Japan
 
Rui Hachimura**
 
Washington Wizards
 
Ties to Benin
 
Latvia
 
Davis Bertans
 
Dallas Mavericks
 
 
Latvia
 
Kristaps Porzingis
 
Washington Wizards
 
 
Lithuania
 
Jonas Valanciunas**
 
New Orleans Pelicans
 
 
Lithuania
 
Domantas Sabonis
 
Sacramento Kings
 
 
Montenegro
 
Marko Simonovic
 
Chicago Bulls
 
 
Montenegro
 
Nikola Vucevic
 
Chicago Bulls
 
 
New Zealand
 
Steven Adams
 
Memphis Grizzlies
 
 
Nigeria
 
Josh Okogie
 
Phoenix Suns
 
 
Nigeria
 
Precious Achiuwa
 
Toronto Raptors
 
 
Nigeria
 
Udoka Azubuike
 
Utah Jazz
 
 
Nigeria
 
Chima Moneke
 
Sacramento Kings
 
 
Nigeria
 
Chimezie Metu
 
Sacramento Kings
 
 
Portugal
 
Neemias Queta*
 
Sacramento Kings
 
 
Republic of the Congo
 
Serge Ibaka
 
Milwaukee Bucks
 
Ties to Spain
 
Senegal
 
Gorgui Dieng**
 
San Antonio Spurs
 
 
Serbia
 
Bogdan Bogdanovic
 
Atlanta Hawks
 
 
Serbia
 
Nikola Jokic
 
Denver Nuggets
 
 
Serbia
 
Boban Marjanovic
 
Houston Rockets
 
 
Serbia
 
Nikola Jovic
 
Miami Heat
 
 
Serbia
 
Aleksej Pokuševski**
 
Oklahoma City Thunder
 
 
Slovenia
 
Goran Dragic
 
Chicago Bulls
 
 
Slovenia
 
Vlatko Cancar 
 
Denver Nuggets
 
 
Slovenia
 
Luka Doncic
 
Dallas Mavericks
 
 
South Sudan
 
Wenyen Gabriel
 
Los Angeles Lakers
 
 
Spain
 
Ricky Rubio
 
Cleveland Cavaliers
 
 
Spain
 
Usman Garuba
 
Houston Rockets
 
Ties to Nigeria
 
Spain
 
Santi Aldama**
 
Memphis Grizzlies
 
 
Spain
 
Willy Hernangómez**
 
New Orleans Pelicans
 
 
Spain
 
Juancho Hernangómez
 
Toronto Raptors
 
 
St. Lucia
 
Chris Boucher
 
Toronto Raptors
 
Ties to Canada
 
Sudan
 
Bol Bol
 
Orlando Magic
 
 
Switzerland
 
Clint Capela
 
Atlanta Hawks
 
Ties to Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo
 
Turkey
 
Cedi Osman
 
Cleveland Cavaliers
 
 
Turkey
 
Alperen Sengun
 
Houston Rockets
 
 
Turkey
 
Ömer Yurtseven**
 
Miami Heat
 
 
Turkey
 
Furkan Korkmaz
 
Philadelphia 76ers
 
 
Ukraine
 
Svi Mykhailiuk
 
New York Knicks
 
 
Ukraine
 
Alex Len
 
Sacramento Kings
 
 
United Kingdom
 
Jeremy Sochan
 
San Antonio Spurs
 
Ties to Poland
 
United Kingdom
 
O.G. Anunoby
 
Toronto Raptors
 
Ties to Nigeria
 

* - Two-Way Player

** - Former Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Camper

*** - Both Two-Way Player and Former BWB Camper

^ - NBA Academy Graduate
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